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"…use GMail and never worry about spam again"

  • # June 25, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    This is a question for Chris, but I figured I would post it here for others who may be curious as well.

    In talking about Enkoder in your article here you mention "use GMail and never worry about spam again." I don’t use Gmail, so I don’t know what you could mean. If you used a mailto email link on a page using a Gmail address, wouldn’t you end up getting hit by spammers?

    # June 26, 2008 at 3:54 am

    I’ve been a GMail user since the beginning or so, so I’ll pitch in my 2eurocents :)

    In theory yes, you do, even with Gmail.
    I get about a hundred spam messages a day, since I have my GMail address on my blog.
    But here’s the trick: the spam goes all, and I mean exactly ALL, straight into the Spam folder, which is emptied every 30 days, and you don’t even get a glimpse of it unless you want to. I check every now and then to see if good mail has gone there by mistake but it happened only once.
    I don’t know exactly what kind of algorithm they use to achieve this, but in some years of GMail usage, only a dozen spam messages have gotten trough.
    So it’s probably a good choice for an email address you want to make "public".

    box
    # June 26, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I agree, gmail spam filter is incredible. I use google-apps for all of my mail domains now. Its provided by google for free and allows you to use their gmail system for your non-gmail addresses with just a couple of tweaks on the server that your domain is hosted on. A brilliant system.

    # June 26, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Yep, what they said =)

    I’ve had my GMail address since 2004 or so I think. I post it willy-nilly all over the internet and never worry about it. Maybe every few days I’ll see a spam email get past the filters and into my inbox. Even more rarely, I’ll see a good email get spammed.

    # June 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Very cool, thanks for your responses! I will have to dust off my Gmail account and put it to use. :) I guess it makes sense that the company with the best search algorithm would have the best spam filter also.

    @box Thanks for that tip. That sounds nifty, I’ll have to look into that.

    # August 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    @box,

    where is the free google aps, don’t see it on their site. Do you have link as it sounds an interesting solution to a nightmare i’m currently having.

    Ta

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