The thing about Gmail is ---

Theory: "Gmail is an experiment in a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that you should never have to delete mail ... "

Reality: Sometimes you want to delete mail --- for instance, when you receive one of those job rejection one-liner emails.

Actuality: I don't delete the job rejection email because Gmail's generous disk quota means I don't need to free up space for incoming emails, and the packrat in me would like to have the rejection email on file "just in case" it ever becomes useful in the future.

Clearly, this whole "never have to delete mail" feature merely aggravates my latent packrat, trivia-hoarding tendencies.


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At 12/29/2005 2:40 pm , Blogger Elia Diodati said...

Not to mention the abundant secondhand evidence that Google indexes and searches all your GMail messages, even the deleted ones. All in the name of figuring out how to improve your Google searches.


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