As part of my 30 Day GMail and Yahoo! Mail Challenge, I'm posting the good and bad of my experiences so far--now ~4 days into it...

Tips (or Likes)

  • Keyboard navigation rocks. As a former mutt user, I feel right at home.
  • The maps/address integration is very nice. When a message has an address in it, Gmail sticks a link to the relevant maps/directions on the right side. I've actually used that several times instead of going to the effort of cut-n-paste into Yahoo! Maps.
  • The interface for setting up filters is quite nice and they have just the options I seem to need.


  • Stability. I've been seeing that Gmail warning a lot recently. It was fine for a month or so but is now flakey again.
  • The "reply" and "reply all" links are at the bottom of the messages only. I'd also like 'em at the top. I can get that but I first have to click the "more options" link.
  • Calendar integration. But since Google Calendar hasn't launched yet, I have to wait.
  • I can't find a way to move a message back to the Inbox if I've accidentally archived it. This really annoys me. Figured that one out thanks to the comments.

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Posted by jzawodn at September 29, 2005 03:03 PM

Reader Comments
# Tom Becker said:

Yep, I'm getting the warning more and more as well which is getting mighty annoying.

on September 29, 2005 03:28 PM
# Adrian N. said:

An archived message appears only in the All Mail section. Just go there, select the mail you want and click the "Move to Inbox" button. That should do the trick of placing it back to inbox.

Best regards!

on September 29, 2005 03:34 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Oh, I *never* saw that button. I guess I didn't expect it to change.


Post edited, thanks.

on September 29, 2005 03:39 PM
# Alex Moskalyuk said:

The Delete button would be quite handy, too, if implemented by Gmail, not a Greasemonkey script

Label management from a drop-down list also becomes kinda inconvenient, after you have 30-40 labels.

on September 29, 2005 03:40 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yeah, labels get cumbersome since you have to deal with them one by one and can't easily do label grouping.

I tried the GM delete button but turned it off because I kept hitting it by accident.

on September 29, 2005 03:42 PM
# Alex said:

Curse you - I thought that dialog box was real and clicked on it!

on September 29, 2005 04:13 PM
# dan isaacs said:

can you sort your messages yet?

on September 29, 2005 08:33 PM
# Matthom said:

--The "reply" and "reply all" links are at the bottom of the messages only. I'd also like 'em at the top. I can get that but I first have to click the "more options" link.--

Just hit "R" within any message, and it instantly takes you to the Reply form, for that message. I believe there a keyboard shortcut for "Reply all" too, but I don't do that much, so I'm not sure.

on September 30, 2005 06:56 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

It looks like 'a' is a shortcut for 'reply all'.

Kick ass!

I get the feeling the list of keyboard shortcuts has grown since I first saw it a few months back.

on September 30, 2005 07:00 AM
# Justin said:

Have you noticed that GMail does not stem their search terms? So, searching for "resume" and "resumes" will return different results.

This is so 1998.

I'd really love to have that fixed! Pretty annoying when searching for something when you know its there.

on September 30, 2005 12:55 PM
# Jake said:

> Kick ass!

Dude, it's just email. Settle down.

on September 30, 2005 06:42 PM
# Jeff said:

I haven't seen the maps integration - and can't seem to reproduce it with some simple tests. Can someone post an example? The concept is extremely cool.

on October 1, 2005 12:07 AM
# grumpY! said:

gmail has some more serious issues:

- configured it for my account as a sender, but if i send mail using this from: using gmail, it never arrives at yahoo-inc. likely because the from: and sender: are different, which basically means this feature is useless if it is flagging headers in a way that spam filters key off of mostly be default.

- sent mail seems to take some time to arrive at its destination

on October 1, 2005 01:44 PM
# grumpY! said:

props to people at yahoo-inc (you know who you are), they fixed my above gripe.

on October 1, 2005 09:32 PM
# Ranganathan Sridharan said:

I think i will have to use gmail full fledged hereafter. I had purchased a Yahoo mail Plus account and three days ago someone hacked it in and changed all my details and since it was a very old account I have been using for years i forgot my security question answer and Yahoo is not willing to reset my account even though I am paying for it. Anybody got any solution I have a lot of my stuff on this account.Thanks.

on October 3, 2005 12:11 AM
# Dan Kopczynski said:

Hey I was just thinking about Google Calendar, why not a Calendar based operating system for the business man and everyone else?

on October 6, 2005 10:25 AM
# William Nathania said:

yeah calendar will be nice..It should be standard feature for all email provider :)

on December 22, 2005 10:36 PM
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