Gmail + POP3 Mail, One Week Later

Just last week, I learned that Gmail can now download my regular POP3 mail to the Gmail interface. Previously, it only worked the other way around, meaning you could download Gmail messages via POP3 to your standalone mail client.

Well I essentially jumped right in and made Gmail my mail client of choice. It now downloads all my traditional mail, processes it via the Google Brand™ junk-mail filter, tags it and places it right in Gmail. Essentially, what used to be a standalone mail account only, is now accessible as webmail.

Today, slightly more than one week later, I think I made the right choice. There are simply so many benefits, that it outweighs the downsides.

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I love the fact that I can access all my email, in one unified place. If I’m at work, at a friends place, at the library or even on the other side of the world—the email is all there. I love the fact that there are built-in junk mail controls that work reasonably well (not as well as my well-trained Popfile, but close enough that spam doesn’t annoy me). Finally, the ability that lets me mail from Gmail posing as my POP3 mail address seems to work as intended. To the extent that I have tested, the email sent in this manner will look as though it’s coming from the correct POP3 address.

I find myself, having switched, not missing my old Thunderbird. All my previous woes when reinstalling or migrating machines have effectively been eliminated. The only downside I can see, is that what mail I used to read, ad-free, now has ads placed along the side. I think I can live with that.

9 thoughts on “Gmail + POP3 Mail, One Week Later”

  1. Bojan says:

    I’ve made the same transition some 10 or so days ago and I’m loving it. I’ve also used Thunderbird, which handled my RSS feeds also, but now I’ve gone with Google Reader. Thunderbird was cool, but Google is more cool.

  2. Kevin Cannon says:

    The solution I use for personal mail is IMAP — because it stores everything on the server, but I can access it various ways. At home I access my mail thorugh Thunderbird, but when I’m elsewhere I use the excellent webmail client Roundcube .

    I’m generally a very big fan of IMAP, and though that setup doesn’t have some of the advantages of gmail, I like the flexibility it offers and the choice to use my own hosting company.

  3. Chris says:

    I use IMAP as well. So, I’ve had trouble free mail migrations for some time. In fact, gmail is the only mail service I use that still uses POP3. For that reason I just don’t use gmail for any mail that I’d like to think of as ‘saved for eternity’.

  4. Joen says:

    I?ve also used Thunderbird, which handled my RSS feeds also

    I’m actually using Google Personalized for RSS feeds. But yeah, Thunderbird was never really good at RSS, I think.

    The solution I use for personal mail is IMAP — because it stores everything on the server, but I can access it various ways

    I actually didn’t know that about IMAP… I thought it was just a high tech version of POP3… I may have to look into it a bit more.

  5. Kevin Cannon says:

    IMAP is great – I’m always surprised that it’s not more well known.

  6. Jeff says:

    Of course you don’t hear about IMAP ISP’s don’t want you to. Not to sound all “conspiracy theorist” here, but think about it: IMAP is GREAT because it keeps all your mail on the highly reliable, always up server machine — synced with multiple clients for easy access.

    Most corporations only allow you to have 50mb or so of email — because for hundreds of users, that quickly stacks up to gigs and just gets out of control — both for plain storage, and worse for backup!

    Naturally, if I was an ISP and I had to educate new users to POP3 or IMAP, guess which I’d chose? Ding!

    That said, IMAP rocks my socks 😀

    (FYI, the comment preview isn’t escaping quote marks correctly — or, I should say, escaping them too much…)

    Also, for the gmail ads … adblock FTW. (I mean, really, you’re not new here)

  7. Joen says:

    That said, IMAP rocks my socks 😀

    Hmm… so many says this. I’ll have to look into it.

    (FYI, the comment preview isn?t escaping quote marks correctly — or, I should say, escaping them too much…)

    I noticed… I’m just too lazy to do anything about it right away…

    Also, for the gmail ads … adblock FTW. (I mean, really, you?re not new here)

    Does that actually work with Gmail? It doesn’t on my system…

  8. Jeff says:

    Sure, and if ad block fails, there’s always Stylish http://userstyles.org/stylish/

  9. Joe Black says:

    We did try to move 100% to gmail. Anyone who uses IMAP will stay with their current setup. When you need to be in sync with POP clinet, web, and mobile phone ? just forget using POP3, IMAP is the way to go. Switching back to my own IMAP server 🙁

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