If you’re not using Gmail for all your e-mailing needs, you should be.
- Gmail archives your messages instead of automatically trashing them. That means it keeps all your e-mails forever, so you won’t lose messages or addresses or file attachments. And if you need to reconstruct the history of some conversation from two years ago, you can do so easily.
- Gmail can actually send and receive e-mail from multiple addresses, even non-Gmail addresses. I check and send from seven different addresses (some are rarely used, others are used for specific purposes like design work) all within Gmail.
- Gmail is “in the cloud,” so you can access it from anywhere.
- Gmail uses labeling and starring (a Labs feature you should check out) very effectively.
- Gmail has flexible automatic filtering.
- Gmail rarely lets spam through to my inbox, even though I get a lot of it.
- Gmail integrates with Google Calendar, Google Docs, and even Remember the Milk (a task manager—it also has its own to-do list feature).
- Gmail has a great set of keyboard shortcuts for easy navigation.
- Gmail keeps your e-mail threads together in “conversations.” Once you try it, you’ll never go back to any other method.
And now someone has finally created the one feature I have been missing in Gmail for a long time: delayed sending. A new feature called Boomerang for Gmail is the latest nerd’s hero. Boomerang even added something I didn’t know I wanted, delayed receiving. I use my inbox as a to-do list, and some items simply aren’t actionable for a few days, so this is a feature I plan to use. Definitely check it out.