Gmail Account Lockdown – BOO Google!

Gmail Lockdown

OK so this is frustrating. Google has locked me out of my own Gmail account for ‘unusual activity’. There is no explanation as to why and there is no human interaction at all. I just get is this huge error message when I try to login. They could handle this better by sending ‘bad’ people an email about why they think they’re account is being abused and move fromt there. This lockout system strikes me as very ‘evil’.

All of a sudden I trust Google a little less. If the digerati loses trust in GOOG than they have a serious problem.

UPDATE: I was locked out of my email for a full 24 hours. When I tried contacting Google they wouldn’t explain why I’d been locked out or how I could avoid it in the future.

It looks like I was still receiving email during that whole time. Given that, from now on all of my email is being auto forwarded to another dummy Gmail account and then to another dummy Yahoo account so I can get to email emails even if they prevent me from logging in.

Gmail System Status – Gmail Down Again

UPDATE: Google finally has a status page for Gmail here it is:

Gmail Down

It’s very annoying when my Gmail goes down…

Gmail status page:

“a percentage of our users seeing ‘Server Errors’ and ‘Oops’ messages when trying to log in to their Gmail accounts. We realize that many of you depend on Gmail to communicate and assure you that all hands are on deck to fix the error. While we do not have an exact time until resolution to offer, this is currently our top priority and we’ll continue to post updates as they become available.”

Gmail Problems

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I’ve been having issues with my Gmail account. From messages showing up in the ‘trash’ on their own to emails not sending at all. People are receiving some of my emails many hours after I sent them while other emails aren’t received at all. Even some of the items in my ‘sent’ folder aren’t actually sent! I think there should be an online status page for Gmail. Not unlike for Blogger…


UPDATE: Looks like they were listening!!!

Official Gmail Status Page

Nice work Google!

Auto Forward Gmail Photo Attachments to Flickr

As you probably already know I use Flickr to manage and archive all of my images. I usually get at least one email forward from friends or family with photos in it. Instead of downloading these attachments and re-uploading them to Flickr I’ve set up a filter in Gmail to auto forward all image attachments to my upload by email flickr address. Of course I set them all to private by default.

Now whenever someone sends me photos they get saved (privately) in my Flickr. Keep in mind the Flickr upload by email feature can be flaky and isn’t designed for huge files or large numbers of files. I also do the same thing for documents and spreadsheets except I use Google Docs instead of Flickr.

Manage multiple email accounts in Gmail

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You can now choose the reply-to address in Gmail for your various email accounts. My public email account (the one I use to sign up for stuff etc) forwards all email to my private account. This new feature now allows me to choose what the reply to address will be for all my email accounts. So if someone sends an email to thelastminute(AT)gmail(DOT)com and I respond to that email from my private account I can choose what the reply-to address will be. If you forward other email accounts to your Gmail you’ll want to use this.

Gmail Rss Feeds

Google just added little mini rss feeds to gmail… Pretty weak if you ask me…

Just Launched!

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View your favorite RSS feeds right in Gmail as “Clips” along the top of your Gmail screen. Display clips from blogs, news sites and other online sources. Pick from the latest headlines, random popular feeds, or add any RSS/Atom feed you want. Learn more

Gmail offline


Cross my fingers?

There are advantages and disadvantages to free email systems like Gmail…

The disadvanages can be REALLY ANNOYING!