Archive for the ‘Gmail’ Category

Make Calls From Gmail But Not Google Voice?

August 31, 2010

Google recently enabled telephone calling from within gmail accounts.

I have already placed several telephone calls and appreciate the convenience of making calls while I am in my gmail account.

Dialing phone numbers in gmail is as simple as typing an email – just type in the phone number and click call.

Gmail Phone

Gmail Phone

While placing calls from gmail, I discovered their service automatically syncs with a Google Voice number that uses the same Google account login.

Google Voice Account

Google Voice Account

How do I know?

Calls placed from gmail with an attached Google Voice account push the Google Voice number through the network with its ANI.

Simply put – calls made from a gmail enabled Google Voice account shows the Google Voice number in the call receiver’s Caller ID.

Pretty cool.

While there are surely millions more gmail users than there are Google Voice users, Google Voice accounts inexplicably don’t offer the same calling functions from Google Voice accounts.

Why not?

Seems like Google Voice would be the natural location for Google’s phone services.

Will Google eventually push its phone dialing keypads into Google Voice accounts?

I can’t wait to hear Google’s answer.


Better Ads In Gmail: Higher Adwords CTR In Gmail To Follow?

January 20, 2010

From the Gmail Team:

Ever since we launched Gmail, we’ve tried to show relevant and unobtrusive ads. We’re always trying to improve our algorithms to show better, more useful ads, and this video describes some changes …

Now, if Google could only get the ads I have targeted for display in the Gmail Funbox  to actually appear….

How To Target Ads To The Gmail Funbox In Google Adwords

December 19, 2009

Use Google Sync to Get Gmail Messages on iPhones

September 22, 2009

Earlier this year, the Google Mobile team launched Google Sync which allows users to synchronize their Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with their iPhone, Windows Mobile, and S60 devices.

Today, Google Mobile added Gmail support to Google Sync for iPhone, iPod Touch and Windows Mobile devices.

Google Sync Gmail Support

Google Sync Gmail Support

From the Google Mobile blog:

Using Google Sync, you can now get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Sync works with your phone’s native email application so there’s no additional software needed. Only interested in syncing your Gmail, but not your Calendar? Google Sync allows you to sync just your Contacts, Calendar, or Gmail, or any combination of the three.

A quick overview of Google Sync:

Web Search From Within Gmail

May 8, 2009

Searching the web while in Gmail up until now has required launching another browser window or leaving Gmail altogether.

Adam and Drew from Gmail Labs have solved this problem by making Google search available from within Gmail accounts.

Enable Google Search in Gmail

Enable Google Search in Gmail

About Google Search from Gmail Labs:

Displays Google search results inside your mail window, letting you quickly find things and use them when you’re writing an email.

Google Web Search in Gmail Browser

Google Web Search in Gmail Browser

With the addition of Google Search to Gmail, Gmail Labs continues to make Gmail an indispensable web mail app.

View Powerpoint and Tiffs in Gmail

April 24, 2009

The Google Apps blog has announced Flash plugins are no longer required to view .ppt or .tiff files in Gmail accounts.

From the Google Apps blog post:

Gmail Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team and Partner Editions

Languages included:
All languages supported by Gmail

How to access what’s new:
When you click ‘View’ for a .tiff or .ppt attachment in Gmail, it will open directly in your browser for easy viewing.

By making Powerpoint files and Tiff images viewable in Google Docs, fewer applications and keystrokes are needed to view desktop data.

Gmail Powerpoint View in Google Docs

Gmail Powerpoint View in Google Docs

Google Holiday Shopping Ads in March?

March 11, 2009

Today while in my Gmaill account I spotted an Adwords ad from Google for its holiday shopping products.

The Google Ad reads:

Tip from Google: Check out this seasons top gifts and save with exclusive discounts.

Gmail Tips from Google Adwords Ad Holiday Shopping

Gmail Tips from Google Adwords Ad Holiday Shopping

Apparently whoever was in charge of running this particular ad campaign for Google forgot to shut it down after the holiday shopping season ended – 60+ days ago.

Curious Gmail account holders who see this particular ad like I did will find the ad’s broken link routes them to a non-existent Google search results page.

Google Holiday Shopping Page

Google Holiday Shopping Page

As a rule, Google eventually finds ads with broken links and suspends the ad until the advertiser can fix or replace the faulty link.

I guess this hasn’t yet happened with this particular Google ad.

Google Innovations

February 28, 2009

David Pogue with The New York Times recently created a list of  innovations Google has produced or bought in its relatively short corporate history.

His list consists of Google products most any consumer who has been online in the last year would recognize including Google Earth, Gmail, YouTube and Blogger.

Some of the lesser known Google products and tools mentioned in Pogue’s New York Times article are: Google Docs, Picassa, iGoogle, Google Reader, Google Trends, Google Maps, Street View, Translator, 1-800-Goog411, Google SMS, Google Alerts and Google Sets.

Although the article begins by mentioning Google’s search box, Pogue doesn’t mention the greatest commercial result to come from Google’s search box by name: Google Adwords – arguably without which – none of Google’s other products would exist.

Maybe therein lies the keys to Google’s success.

Send YouTube Video Previews Via Gmail Chat

January 22, 2009

Gmail users can now send YouTube and Google Video previews along with and through their Gmail chats.

Gmail YouTube Video Chat

Gmail YouTube Video Chat

Gmail Rolling Out 30 New Inbox Themes

November 20, 2008

From the Official Gmail blog:

Gmail is rolling out new inbox themes to everyone over the next few days.

Selecting a new theme for your Gmail Inbox takes three steps.

To customize your Gmail inbox, first go to the Themes tab under Settings.

Gmail Settings Theme Tab

Gmail Settings Theme Tab

Next click on themes to view Gmail’s new custom inbox themes.

30 New Gmail Themes

30 New Gmail Themes

Then click on the Inbox theme you prefer most.

Summer Ocean Gmail Theme

Summer Ocean Gmail Theme

Your Gmail Inbox will then automagically get a new look and feel.

By offering Gmail users theme options like “Summer Ocean”, Google is giving its account holders 30 more reasons to continue using Google’s free email service  – Gmail.

Could Google offer brands the ability to customize their email inbox like they have with iGoogle themes?

Will Google one day make it possible for their Gmail user’s personal photos to be uploaded to create personalized Gmail Inbox themes?

Only time will tell.

While Google’s at it – how about a real time clock for a Gmail theme?

Or an iGoogle real time clock theme for that matter?

Oh well, time to go.