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Gmail Can Help You Identify a Buyer

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I use Gmail for a number of reasons, primarily because it stores all of my email and is simple to search through tens of thousands of emails nearly instantly. It's inexpensive to use, and setting up it on various domain names is a cinch.

Did you know that Gmail can also be a great tool to identify someone who inquired about your domain name, even if you've never had any dealings with the person before? (more…) → Read More


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Gmail Chat Suggestion: Turn Auto Add Contacts Off

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Yesterday evening, I received a Gmail chat message from someone I didn't know asking why I requested to add him to his Gmail chat list. I didn't recognize his email address, and I certainly hadn't requested someone to be added to Gmail chat since I hardly ever use it.

I assumed it was another domain investor, so I did a quick Google search for the email address of the person who contacted me, and it turns out that the email address is the Whois address on file for someone with whom I was emailing about domain names last week.

I didn't know why Google did this automatically, but when I looked in my Gmail settings, I noticed that this option was checked off: "Automatically allow people I communicate with often to chat with me and see when I'm online."

If you are a frequent Gmail user and don't want to weird people out by having Google request inclusion on their chat list, you should select this option: "Only allow people that I've explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I'm online." → Read More


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Could Facebook Launch a Mail Service on FB.com? ** Updated **

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Facebook.At the end of September, I wrote an article speculating that perhaps Facebook purchased FB.com in private. There hasn't been any public acknowledgement about whether the company bought it or not (or who may have bought it if Facebook didn't), and the domain name still does not resolve.  See update below.

Multiple websites are reporting that Facebook will be holding an invite-only event in San Francisco on Monday, November 15th, and it is expected they will announce a new email system or platform that Techcrunch has dubbed "Facebook’s Gmail Killer." According to the folks at Techcrunch, this project has been referred to internally as "Project Titan."

This is pure speculation, but it would be pretty neat if they launched this mail service on FB.com (if they own this domain name now confirmed that Facebook owns it). Assuming it is a mail service they intend to launch on Monday, they could also use another name like FacebookMail.com (which they already own), or they could just tie it in with Facebook.com.

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Unique Ad Buy – Bloomberg on Twitter

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Bloomberg on TwitterI was going through my spam email message folder this morning, when I found an email from a colleague asking for an opinion on Twitter user names. I don't know why it got marked as spam, but it was in there. As you may or may not be aware, Google monetizes all Gmail emails with sponsored links, and I found one that was very interesting when reading this Twitter-related email.

As you can see in the image above, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is encouraging people to follow his account on Twitter. Not only was Gmail detecting my location via IP address (New York City), but it could also tell that the email was related to Twitter, and it placed a targeted advertisement on top of the spam email.

Over the past several months, my wife an I have received a significant amount of mail from Bloomberg, who is looking to become elected for his third term. He has also taken to the airwaves, bought space in print media, and now is advertising on Adwords to encourage people to follow him on Twitter.

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Great Google Lab Features

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I was on Gmail today and saw the Google Labs button was red, indicating that Google has some neat new products and features under development they want to show off.

Here are my favorite experimental Gmail features, although I haven't used all of them yet:

Muzzle
Conserves screen real estate by hiding your friends' status messages.

Mail Goggles
Google strives to make the world's information useful. Mail you send late night on the weekends may be useful but you may regret it the next morning. Solve some simple math problems and you're good to go. Otherwise, get a good night's sleep and try again in the morning. After enabling this feature, you can adjust the schedule in the "General" settings page.

Forgotten Attachment Detector
Prevents you from accidentally sending messages without the relevant attachments. Prompts you if you mention attaching a file, but forgot to do so.

Undo Send
Oops, hit "Send" too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds after hitting the send button. → Read More


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