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Forbes Tests Google E-mail - Review

search-engines-web.com writes
  "Invited to try-out the service,Forbes' Preliminary Evaulation of Goole E-mail is overall FavoribleRead the FORBES story here.Google invited us to experiment with the early version of the service, and taking into account that it remains under construction, we have a few preliminary observations.First, Gmail is good for the e-mail pack rat that many people are becoming. Most people delete old e-mail messages because they have storage constraints--or think they do, or because they just don't like to see a cluttered inbox. But if you're the type who likes to refer back to old e-mail in order to remember what you or another party said, Gmail's 1-gigabyte storage is certainly a welcome change.Another feature that makes it easy to re-trace the steps in an e-mail exchange: say you need to remember a few action items sent by e-mail from the boss. Once you find the one of the e-mail messages that is part of that exchange, Gmail displays it with related messages in the window. Gmail calls these exchanges "conversations." And clicking on one expands it so that more than one relevant message is displayed at a time. A link at the right of the screen says "expand all," and it expands all the messages that are part of a conversation.Finding those messages is far easier and faster than with any other e-mail program or service we've ever experienced. A search field at the top of screen lets you search for practically any word that may appear in any part of the email, including the subject, the name of the sender or what may be in the body of the message. If there's one thing Google does well, it's search. We entered in words we knew we had used in messages sent and they popped up instantly. Another search using the last name of the moderator of a certain mailing list we subscribe to was equally fast and comprehensive."

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google.public.support.general FAQ

Check out the google.public.support.general FAQ for answers to all your GoogleQ's. It includes answers to questions that appear especially
frequently in the newsgroup google.public.support.general.
The Glossary does an outstanding job of explaining many common 'net terms you may have heard, but didn't understand.

Link stolen from ResearchBuzz! because Tara is so groovy.

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The Google OS

madcow writes "Kottke's blog has an interesting take on Google's evolution from a search thingy to something else. Call it a web OS if you will."

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Life beyond Google

Pete writes "From the BBC comes this piece that anecdotal evidence suggests that thanks to Google, the web offers information on everything to everyone. But, we have yet to see empirical evidence to back up such claims, argues Dr Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University."

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Google: 'Gmail' No Joke, Lunar Jobs Are

Reuters Is Reporting on Gmail is real. Google's unconventional March 31 press release announcing Gmail helped set Internet message boards alight because the sub-heading read: "Search is Number Two Online Activity -- Email is Number One: 'Heck, Yeah,' Say Google Founders."

"It is April Fool's Day. We were having fun with this announcement. We are very serious about Gmail," Rosenberg said in an interview.

Still, the Web was buzzing with speculation.

I've had a few people ask me how they can offer so much space, and my answer was:Almost no one will use much space. Assuming they can effectively kill most of the spam coming in, most mailboxes will not grow very large.

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Google user calls Google " A library that's successful- as opposed to real libraries which lose mone

mdoneil writes "A google advertiser and user refers to google as a library which makes money- as opposed to real libraries, which lose money. The Tampa Tribune reports on the search engine with interviews with several people including a lawyer who googles his prospective clients and dates. To balance the story a public librarian was interviewed who stressed the need for authority."

Here's the quote:

"I'm an advertiser on Google, but if I came along and posted an article on the benefits of using retractable awnings, I'd be treated like anybody else on Google,'' he said. ``It's a library, an Internet library, that's successful and makes money - as opposed to real libraries, which lose money."

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Google-WeKnewItAllAlong-Dept

phoenix04 writes "Validation at last! This quote is from Google's Chief Technology Officer: '...cataloging the Web is only the beginning. "My guess is about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in doing search," says Craig Silverstein. "But we can make slow and steady progress, and maybe one day we'll get there." 'If you missed the tv show, here is the URL:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/25/sunday/m ain608672.shtml"

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Using Google for Background Checks on People

search engine web sends us three interesting tales on "Googling":

The first concerns a lawsuit filed by an accountant versus several search engines (including Google) claiming that the results of his search for his own name constitute libel.

The second concerns a teen who learned by Googling his name that he was being searched for by his custodial parent (which wasn't the one he had had lived with for the past 14 years).

The third describes how a woman, curious about the man she was going on a date with, discovered that he was a fugitive.

These bring up some interesting issues: is there any expectation of privacy on the internet? are search engines liable for incorrect results?

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In Google they trust

nbruce writes ""In one sense, with Google, everything is knowable now," said Esther Dyson, who publishes Release 1.0, a technology-industry newsletter. "We were much more passive about information in the past. We would go to the library or the phone book, and if it wasn't there, we didn't worry about it. Now, people can't as easily drift from your life. We can't pretend to be ignorant." But the flood of unedited information, she said, demands that users sharpen critical thinking skills, to filter the results. "Google," she said, "forces us to ask, `What do we really want to know?' "
Full story at NYTimes"

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In the search game: Google 1, Librarians 0

Bob Cox hips us to this article from the Star-Telegram.

Librarians are being written off as pre-1996 search relics, unable to compete in an era of robotic search engines.

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