Look Smart (And Increase Efficiency) – Drop The Hotmail, Comcast, or AOL Address And Get Gmail

image credit:  a wordle of the gmail blog

I will be perfectly honest.  When I see people with an @aol.com, @hotmail.com or @comcast.net address they instantly lose any and all tech credibility with me.  I’ve had discussions with several people on this, and I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I have used and experimented with quite a few of the free, web-based email services.  Let me save you a lot of time:  Gmail is above and beyond the best.  

Using web-based email is a great portability solution for your email, whether it is for personal or business use.  However, Gmail is light years ahead of AOL, Hotmail and Comcast.  It boggles my mind that anyone still uses them (I single out these other brands of webmail because they are so popular).

Source: comScore Media Metrix

Notice Gmail gaining the largest jumps in share?  There’s a reason for that, it’s way ahead of the curve and has been spreading for awhile amongst savvy web professionals.

It just doesn’t make sense with an amazing, free tool available to use a lesser product like Hotmail, AOL or Comcast’s webmail.  It also makes you look a whole lot smarter to anyone with even a small understanding of the web.  People do judge you, even if only unconsciously, by the provider of free web mail you choose.  Seeing an @aol.com address, for example, on someone’s email definitely does nothing to inspire credibility with me.  You’re literally attaching yourself to a behind-the-curve company here.

Using Gmail doesn’t just make you appear smarter — by using it you are actually being smarter.

Jacob Cass from Just Creative Designs spells out 10 great resons to switch to Gmail:

10 Reasons To Switch To Gmail

  1. Gmail spam filters block 99% of the spam that usually makes it to your inbox. Although Outlook 2007 had a good spam filter, I still usually got around 2 or 3 emails a week sneaking into my inbox… not with Gmail.
  2. With Gmail you get to keep your old email account, and all incoming emails will be forwarded to your new Gmail account . Also, emails that you send from your new account will have your old email account in the from area.
  3. You can create Word docs, PDF’s and spread sheets with Gmail via the use of GoogleDocs.
  4. Gmail allows you to schedule events with the Google Calendar that will notify you by email to remind you of an appointment or meeting. It can also send a reminder to the person or persons that you will be meeting with.
  5. Gmail has something called ‘Stars’ and which allows you to tag emails you find important. You can actually do a search for ‘Starred‘ emails and they all pop up, and as quick as a normal google search!
  6. Your emails are tabbed into a thread, which means you no longer have to look for old emails… it is more like a conversation window.
  7. You can archive old emails or whole conversations so that you can keep your Inbox clear.
  8. You can set up filters and labels to keep your Inbox organised and clutter free.
  9. It has a fast, easy search function which means you will never lose an email again. The search is as fast a normal google search which is ace.
  10. All your emails are online which means that you access your emails from anywhere, not just one computer.

I will add a few of my own too:

  • Google continuously adds new features that make the product more valuable.
  • They have a Gmail development blog where you can actually see what they’re working on.  The process is transparent, and furthermore they actually take user feedback into account.  Google goes above and beyond here, it is clear they treasure their users and really care about our experience with the product.  Does your online free email provider go this deep?
  • Gmail is much faster than the other tools and allows you to be more efficient.  Have a look compared with the other prodviders:

Source: comScore Media Metrix

There is a reason Gmail users spend so much less time using the product – it is just that much more efficient to work with.

As just one example, I almost never see spam slip through into my inbox.  It is truly a rarity when that happens.  If you’re like me and you value your time and being efficient, there really is no other option.  Not to mention how easy it is to stay organized inside Gmail.

  • Gmail lets me easily manage email accounts from several addresses across all my domains in one place.  And, their system easily ports everything to my mobile device.  It is definitely the best way to handle things all in one if you’re a power-user.
  • If Gmail can keep Darren at ProBlogger organized and Daniel at Daily Blog Tips organized (these guys get around 1,000 emails a day!) certainly it can keep you organized.
  • No ads inside your emails.  AOL and Hotmail emails come with ad links at the bottom of your messages, which make you seem less professional and less credible.

I am sure you’ve heard your tech friends raving about how great Gmail is before.  Gmail is a true product marketing success story, because most of how it has spread has been its users buzzing about how great it is.  There’s a reason for that, it’s that much better of a product.

For those of you who are sold by video…here ya go:

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These guys just rock, it is obvious they truly care about their service and the user experience.  You don’t see this kind of dedication by anyone else on the market…

So, what are you waiting for – switch to Gmail now(They really couldn’t make it any easier.)

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