Looking forward for new Gmail

Mashable mentions that a new Gmail is coming. And I’m eagerly waiting for the new version, because I really, really want these changes:

One of the features is pre-fetching of messages. This means that when you load a page that has a list of messages, Gmail will fetch them in advance, so that they will be available immediately, when you decide to click on one. This goes along with the new JavaScript architecture that’s expected to bring improved performance. There will also be a new contact manager, which will be shared with other Google Apps, including Docs and Calendar.

More Gmail space?

Today I noticed that I have more Gmail space than I used. Here is a screenshot:

Gmail space stats

I don’t check these numbers every day, but I was under the impression that I had somewhere around 3 GBytes just a few days ago. Now I have more than 4 GBytes. I looked through a few news sites, but haven’t noticed any related headlines.

Anybody has any idea? Is it for everybody or just a few random users? Will it stay or will it go? Will we get more? (as you can clearly see, I don’t need more just yet, but I’m still interested).

Confession of an RSS junkie

If you’ve been looking for something to add to your RSS feeder, then look no further.

It’s almost impossible to be a functional RSS addict in our society. RSS has become so pervasive there’s simply no way to escape it. Everywhere I look I see those damn orange icons.

From My Life As An RSS Junkie | Medialoper

GMail – changing attitudes towards HTML email

So far I’ve read that one of GMail‘s goals is changing people’s attitude towards their email storage. With huge, and evergrowing, inbox sizes people don’t have to delete any messages anymore. They still can, if they wish so, but they don’t have to.

After using GMail for some time, I noticed that one of my other attitudes is changing. I’ve always been on the opposite side of HTML email lovers. And I still believe that HTML email is evil. But there is a but.

With GMail, all email is HTML. I mean you’re already in the browser, aren’t you? So, how does this affect things?

GMail rich content

GMail can be used to email yourself some pretty looking HTML emails. Things like lists, highlighted text (think: yellow marker), and links with descriptive captions instead of Really Long URLs ™ can really enrich your email experience. Notes, outlines, and shopping lists are among some really frequent content.

And the beauty of it is that with GMail you are always sure that it will display exactly as you wanted it, and that you won’t get complains like “Send me the text version of that”, granted that you only email yourself and other people who use GMail (except those psycho geeks who use GMail via POP access only, with a text-only mail client).

If used appropriately, this can make world a tiny bit better. And you know, I’m all for that.

Privacy Subtleties of GMail

Here’s yet another take on GMail privacy – Privacy Subtleties of GMail. This time it comes from a guy who had to balance his opinion between two polar sides he is at:

I come to this problem from two sides. One, I’m a fan of Google, and have been friends with Google’s management since they started the company. I’ve also consulted for Google on other matters and make surprising revenue from their Adsense program on my web site.

I’m also a privacy advocate and Chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, well regarded as one of the top civil rights advocates in cyberspace. The EFF has issued some statements of privacy concern over GMail, though we declined joining the coalition against it. (I’m writing this as my own essay, though with some advice from the EFF team.) I’ve also had a chance to talk at length with Google President Larry Page about some of the issues.