(Yahoo! Mail users only.)This is a great extension for FireFox I always install on any computer I have. It is called YMail and is by Terry Yuen. It creates a small icon at the bottom of your browser which shows you if you have a new email.
*You can see how many emails you have, you can set the frequency it checks automatically as well as check on demand.
*The visual notification settings are easily altered, I turn mine off sometimes when I am doing an online demo so viewers aren’t distracted by it.
*You can use it to go straight to your inbox.
Check out the author’s other projects at this site.
Right now it
seems is pretty popular to use Gmail instead of other providers. In fact, having a Hotmail or AOL email address can damage your geek reputation more than standing in line to buy a shiny new copy of Microsoft Office when a new version comes out. I have (since about 1998) used Yahoo! mail as my primary email address and will continue to do so until Gmail makes some upgrades.
First and foremost, I don’t like not being able to open my emails in individual tabs. With Yahoo, I go to my inbox, I see my unread emails, and then I right click and select “open in new tab” for each one down the line. I then work through them, reading, replying, deleting–whatever, each one until they are done. Sometimes an email requires me to go to other sites to get information or I will leave it and come back to it after dealing with other quicker emails. Lots of people use “to-do” lists, well this is like a to do pile. It is just a workflow issue for me. I do it with email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird and (shudder) Lotus Notes 6.0 at work as well.
Contact list: Every time you reply to someone, it adds them as a contact. I hate to be so basic in my critique, but that is just plain dumb. If I want someone in my contacts list, I will add them. I don’t want every email address I send an email to be added. It is a pain to clean it up a couple times a month. At least give us a way to turn that off.
Finally, I really like using folders in Yahoo. Like most people, I am signed up to receive regular emails from other sites. It could be anything from Red Sox updates to special deals for airline tickets to LinkedIn updates. I have a Yahoo filter which delivers these emails to one of three folders, depending on topic. I have used Gmail’s labels and they still don’t cut it compared to folders.
I WANT to use Gmail, I just like the company and truth be told, am probably a victim of their marketing. I know it is popular in the Web 2.0 community to use Gmail. However, I am not one to go for fashion over function.