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?
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".
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.
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.
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.