Tag Archive for ‘Gmail’

Google Introduces AMP in Email Preview ➝

K.Q. Dreger, on Google’s AMP for email announcement:

Can you imagine interactive spam? Maybe Google’s spam filtering is robust enough to save Gmail users, but if AMP in email becomes as widely used as they intend, they’ll have handed spammers and malicious actors a whole host of new tools to phish and deceive users.

The email experience can certainly be improved, but it needs to be approached as supportive tools around the email message, not replacing the message entirely.

There’s a lot of problems with email, but AMP doesn’t solve enough of those to justify the massive downsides it brings with it.

Google Reverses ‘Mic Drop’ April Fools’ Day Prank ➝

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch, about Google’s “hilarious” Gmail prank which inserted an animated GIF of a Minion dropping a microphone into emails:

Sounds fun in theory, sure, but when your email service has more than one billion active users, many of whom rely on it for business and professional communication, then things can get a little dicey. (Importantly, the feature does not appear to be enabled for Google Apps customers who pay to use Google’s business suite, which includes corporate email, but others who use the regular service did have it.)

Then, the button placement was problematic. Google substituted “send and archive” — which many people use habitually and click on without a second thought — for ‘MicDrop,’ making it a recipe for disaster for many.

I hope Google has finally learned their lesson and ends this insanity once and for all.

Why Not Google? ➝

Marco Arment:

I didn’t set out to aggressively quit Google-everything, but once I changed my browsers’ default search engine to DuckDuckGo, that has mostly happened. The most surprising part was how easy it was for Google to mostly fall out of my life, how quickly it happened, and how little I missed it.

I too have slowly dropped Google services from my life. At this point, Gmail and YouTube are the only two Google products I continue to use. Gmail, because I have a decade-old email address that I’m not quite ready to give up on and YouTube because it’s the video service where all of the content is.

But unlike Marco, I have made a conscious effort to remove Google from my life. When they turned their back on Google Reader users by shutting down the service I realized that I should never rely so heavily on products that I don’t pay for. Because if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.

That’s why I’ve been using Mint for several years, DuckDuckGo for several months, and have been slowly transitioning from Gmail to having my email hosted on a Media Temple virtual server. And, the changes have been going smoothly — I haven’t found myself missing Google’s equivalents at all.

Gmail Returns to the App Store ➝

Google’s Gmail application has returned to the App Store today after their buggy 1.0 version was pulled earlier this month.

I don’t really understand why Gmail users would want to use this instead of Mail, but I guess I’m just not as much of a “power user” as they are.