The Great Mail Debate

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I’m toying with the idea of forwarding my .Mac/.Me email account to my GMail account. The reason being is I’m getting a lot more email into the .Mac account it’s getting kind of hard to keep up with it via Mail. I’ve got a good system of organization but I’m duplicating between my GMail account and the .Mac account. It seems crazy when the content coming in overlaps so much.

The other reason behind the move is, I’m really not impressed with the MobileMe website. It never fails, I delete things over there and it doesn’t move it. Also I find their website very slow, no matter what browser I’m using.

gmail_logo.pngMy third reason is I’m not as tethered/addicted to getting my emails instantly. I love the .Me push IMAP, but really I don’t have anything coming in that a search 15 minutes from now won’t catch.

Recently GMail left Beta, offered Offline options (yay!) and now offers a slew of Labs extras, like Undo Send.

I have also since setup GoogleApps for my personal domain, which is doing a wonderful job filtering out an incredible amount of spam, from two email accounts Craig and I have had since 1999.

My only hesitation is that I’ve always ran into issues getting iCal notifications to play nice with my GMail account and really that could be eliminated by going to Google Calendar.

Question to the community:

Have you been in this dilemna? Which way did you decide? Any issues I’m not considering?

  • I’ve been using Google Apps for a very long time now – mail and calendar mainly.
    A few days ago I got an Android phone, which lets you just sign in to Google Apps and your mail, diary and contacts are all just there and sync up as well (which is what I guess MobileMe does on iPhone).

    Using Google Apps to collect mail from older accounts using POP or IMAP is a good idea – better than forwarding from the old accounts, because the original untouched headers provide more spam clues than you get with forwarded mail.

    The other advantage is that Google Apps is free of course!