As much as I love Gmail, it occasionally does things that make me chuckle and scratch my head a bit.

Take, for example, this email message that's clearly an eBay phishing attempt. I've inserted a red arrow to point at the amusing disconnect between the advertising and/or related links and the spam/phishing filter.

Apparently the "related topics" algorithm is pretty good at identifying phishing attempts. Perhaps that should be factored into the filtering as well?


Posted by jzawodn at November 10, 2006 04:11 PM

Reader Comments
# Chris Andrews said:

What is up with the team for Yahoo Mail? Is everyone on the product team just blind as what a difference between Yahoo Mail and Gmail. It's like a supermodel and a trailer trash. Does no one at Yahoo Mail care about usablitiy?

BTW - If you think I am just a Yahoo hater, I am not as I use Yahoo Search, Flickr and Y! bookmarkds religisoly

Finally, you guys really need to buy Zoho or something and integrate it into your email. With the IM integration, this might be compelling enough for me to come back to Yahoo Mail.

on November 10, 2006 04:49 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I find that there are people who don't like the way Gmail forces them to think. Others simply love it.

I assume there are similar groupings of opinion among Yahoo! Mail users, both current and former. But I find myself talking to fewer of them, so it's hard to say.

on November 10, 2006 04:52 PM
# Drew Perttula said:

I also like how the google ads for *this page* continue to advertise phishing stuff (but it's not surprising, here).

Anyway, the original ads are mysterious to me. I would guess that *other people* often foward this mail to places saying "this is a phishing scam". It would be curious if google actually used other people's mail to produce its 'Related topics'. I can't think of another explanation for this, offhand.

on November 10, 2006 06:08 PM
# Miriguy said:

Guess what, that's what you will get when the ads is contextual I guess. I am a gmail lover too.
I used to love Yahoo Mail a lot, but it seems that their service is getting crappier each and everyday..
And the Yahoo Mail beta is not as cool as what I had hoped it would.

on November 11, 2006 09:04 AM
# grumpY! said:

the new yahoo mail is a fantastic technical demo, but not nearly fast enough to be presented as a product. many of these heavily dynamic sites are breathtaking the first time you try them, but the novelty wears off very quickly. gmail's design seems to balance the use of dynamic elements much more rationally. more preferrable in my opinion is - no javascript needed, no logos, no ads, just my mail (although it is fee-based at the ad-free level). yahoo seems to be making many poor design choices recently - from the use of flash on the maps page to the presumption that users want webmail to look like outlook. why does webmail need to look like outlook? to spur adoption? everyone knows how the web works, they are likely more comfortable with web technologies than native desktops at this point.

on November 11, 2006 09:52 AM
# Krissy Walker said:

GrumpyY, I have to disagree with you in regards to the new Y! Maps which is aweome compareed to any other mapping service.

I would have to agree with everyone here that Y! Mail use to good, but really has been left behind with Gmail's arrival. If they do the following, I might actually go back:

1. Eliminate the paid service and roll it into the regular one. In this day and age, paying for the ability to forward email? Come on Yahoo.
2. Eliminate some of the text ads on the left. I don't have a problem with the 3 below the folders, but the one on top is just going way too far.
3. Speed and more SPEED! Please listen to Marissa Mayer from Google and get this faster.
4. Calender still is using the same format as the old version. Same with Notepad.
5. Slightly OT, but what happen to Y! Briefcase? Integrate that into the mail and increase the storage. 30MB? I send files that are 30MB in size!
6. Incorprating Y! Bookmarks. I love the new version, but let's add it into the Mail platform.
7. Finally, similar to the first poster, BUY ZOHO and add it into the Mail platform.

Jeremy, hope you can send the feedback to the Yahoo mail team as I really want to go back to Yahoo, but until the majority of these changes are made it is not going to happen.

on November 11, 2006 02:08 PM
# JoeD said:

Great post Jeremy.
What I find funny is that Yahoo's email search is much better than gmail search.
Did Google abandon the "laser-focus on search"?
Methinks long ago...

on November 17, 2006 09:06 AM
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