So you’re using Gmail. Aside from its storage space of 1 GB where most webmail services offer more than just 25 megabytes, there are other killer features about Gmail.com that you might not have noticed when you login to your gmail account. Here is what’s-really-cool about Google’s free webmail service:
Less Spam. Gmail has one of the greatest spam protection, it filters spam at the same time it keeps the email messages that you want. The Gmail system adapts from the same advanced technology that Google search engine uses. Once a new spam data is released, Gmail automatically modifies their spam-fighting machine. Also, Gmail supports multiple authentication systems, to better identify where the emails are coming from and quickly identify spam messages.
Browse. You can use Gmail search automatically in the same way you would use the Google search engine, by entering a word or words that appears anywhere in the message that you’re looking for. And if you are having a hard time finding the result that you want, you can refine your search by clicking on the small arrow in the search box and entering your criteria in the right fields.
The Conversation View. Similar message are grouped within a single thread, making it all the more organized and allows you to review previous messages. In other webmail providers, replies appear as separate messages in your inbox, forcing you to look for the messages you want to follow up. If you want to see all the messages, all you need to do is click on the “Expand” button. Easy, isn’t it?
Built in chat. If you want, you can automatically chat with your Gmail contacts with just one click, you can have an actual conversation with your friends using the voice and video capabilities with the Google chat service.
Mobile. You can check your emails even if you’re on the go. You can now access Gmail using your mobile device or cell phones. The Gmail app is pre-installed in Android platforms and is also supported in your iPhones, Blackberry and some Nokia phones.
Labels and Filters. You don’t need to group your emails into folders anymore; each email has its own label. Labels do what folders do, but compared to a folder—you can add more than one message to a label. Gmail’s filters also helps in organizing your emails more effectively, you can automatically label, archive, delete, star or forward it to your mail.
Priority Inbox. When you are smothered by all the emails that you get, the answer is the priority inbox. It automatically identifies the important emails coming in and segregates them. Gmail uses a variety of signals to prioritize those important incoming messages, including those contacts that you emailed and chatted with most.
Security. Gmail protects your account from hackers, protecting you from identity theft by using HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), the kind of encryption used in bank websites. It gives an added security when you log in to Gmail thru a non-secure Internet connection, like a public wireless connection.
Free. And the best thing of all these is that it’s Free – all the cool feature all in one click. At no cost.
So that’s just about an overview of Gmail’s great features—Since its beta testing status release in 2004, Gmail has made some rapid developments. It has recently a couple makeovers (You might want to check out their color feature).Or better yet, Sign up for an account if you don’t have one.