Gmail, Hotmail, and school email, oh my!

18 02 2008

I use school email to communicate with staff and students.
I use GMAIL to communicate with everyone else.

  • Gmail has 6GB or storage space. This is more than 20 times the maximum allowed by our email system. I have more than 15000 emails, many with attachments, in my Gmail account, and I am only using 20 percent of my quota. I NEVER have to delete email from my Gmail account.
  • If I leave my current school, I lose my email account. That means all of the contacts and emails I had are potentially lost. That’s fine for school related emails, but I don’t want to lose important contacts and emails from friends and family.
  • I receive some very important emails of a personal nature. I don’t want to have to remember to contact all of these companies to update my email address when I leave my employer. I only use my Gmail email address so there is no worry about losing an important email in the future.
  • Gmail has a great spam filtering system. I receive more than 300 spam messages a day to my gmail account, but the spam filter catches all of it.
  • Finally, I can send and receive attachments of up to 20MB in size. Our server configuration limits the size of attachments.

Before you rush out to sign up for a Gmail account, there are lots of other free web-based email providers out there. Hotmail and Yahoo email addresses are fine too and have many of the same benefits as using Gmail.