Gmail + POP3 = Joy

Apparently as of February 2007, Gmail is not only open to the public, but has a new feature which I’ve been hoping/waiting for since April 1st 2004. That feature is called “Other Accounts“, and basically means you can download your non-web based emails, from your server, to Gmail, via POP3.

Why is this so great? For so many reasons. Essentially, you can now have a single unified email address (with Google in the name of course). That, or you could just route all your various mail addresses through Gmails spam filter and have Gmail forward it to your other mail address of choice. Either way, for me, Thunderbird has fierce competition. Now I wonder if Apollo could be used to wrap Gmail as “standalone” desktop app…

8 thoughts on “Gmail + POP3 = Joy”

  1. Just a FYI, Gmail has had POP3 support for a looong time.

  2. Joen says:

    Well, yes, it has had POP3 support in the way that you could access Gmail from any POP3 compatible email client such as Thunderbird.

    However, it has not supported BEING a POP3 client itself, meaning you I can now download my Noscope mail to my Gmail.

  3. Jacob says:

    I’m pretty sure windows live mail has this also.

  4. Joen says:

    I?m pretty sure windows live mail has this also.

    You mean Windows Live Hotmail ? I’m sorry I just can’t handle that name 🙂

    But the thing that’s great about Gmail is that I love all the gmail only features such as tagging only, the great search, and the threaded mails. Combine THAT with “other accounts” and it’s a killer.

  5. kOoLiNuS says:

    the only problem is that in that way ALL my emails would be stored on a U.S.A. based server and therefore “scanned” by national agencies searching for whatsoever evidence of “terrorism” … and with my emails there that is a FACT.

    now I am not even slightly near to such thematics or people but i would like my privacy respected a little bit more and be assured that if anyone is hunting for my data he must show the ISP valid reasons and authorization before “messing around”.

    so the fact itself is from a tecnological point of view a nice and really welcome feature, but from a philosophical point isn’t so good.

    {please forgive my bad english, I’m not mothertongue 🙂 }

  6. Joen says:

    so the fact itself is from a tecnological point of view a nice and really welcome feature, but from a philosophical point isn?t so good.

    I agree with you on this.

    Whether or not Googles mail servers will ever be searched for evidence of terrorism, I have no idea, and honestly I don’t think we’d ever know.

    Even if I think it would be unlikely, the very fact that it is possible is reason enough to encrypt emails stored on Googles servers.

    That would be my next wish, the option to have all Google-stored mails encrypted.

  7. kOoLiNuS says:

    Even if I think it would be unlikely, the very fact that it is possible is reason enough to encrypt emails stored on Googles servers.

    Joen, it’s not a possibility, it’s for sure … for example do you know that if I (from Europe) book a flight to Washington D.C. with my VISA I will undergo full fledged investigations on the email I have used and on the bank account to which my VISA is related to track all my “movements” from some month before the booking and the flight date ?

    This “security” paranoia isn’t sane at all from my point of view and this is why I use my Gmail and Yahoo accounts only for public mailing lists and such.

    Please take this (and the previous) comment like a “rant” {hoping it’s the right word} …

    ciao !

  8. Joen says:

    This ?security? paranoia isn?t sane at all from my point of view and this is why I use my Gmail and Yahoo accounts only for public mailing lists and such.

    I agree the security paranoia is a bit much.

    Please take this (and the previous) comment like a ?rant? {hoping it?s the right word}

    You’re most welcome to rant here 🙂

    As for my use of Gmail, I’ll live with it as it is now, but I’d welcome encryption at some point.

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