Should Gmail be hailed, or does it fail? (Day 363)…

February 26, 2008

I love Google, I really do. Along with Wikipedia, CuteOverload, Go Fug Yourself and The Website That Shall Not Be Named, I probably type its URL into my browser at least 50 times a day (bear in mind I’m also journalist, so it’s usually either a vanity Google or for research… and yes, sadly, journalistic research these days often consists of nothing more than a two-second online search). I also love Google Earth and Google Maps.

But I don’t get Gmail. Everyone loooooves Gmail and I truly can’t figure out why. I have three email accounts — one is my work mail, which is Outlook-based, another is my personal email with Yahoo!, and then there’s my blog email, which is at a Gmail address — and while I do like me a little G-chat every now and then, I don’t find the whole thing very user-friendly. The “compose” button is in a weird place, the options are difficult to find and organize, and a crapload of Spam always gets through.

Although I keep my other two accounts nice and organized, deleting things regularly, I’ve let my Gmail account go out of frustration and lack of patience. However, when my lovely assistant Eva pointed me in the direction of this Treehugger story on the energy that’s apparently required to save all these useless emails, I started to feel guilty.

The evidence for exactly how much energy is still a bit soft, but I figure it’s always greener to be minimalistic, so I’m going to spend part of today clearing out my Gmail inbox. So nobody email me in the next two hours!


My signature green move (Day 282)…

December 7, 2007

greengirlTreehugger posted a while back about incorporating green tips into email signatures, a great idea that I totally forgot about until my beautiful assistant Eva reminded me of it yesterday. Their suggestion was to write something along the lines of, “Eco-Tip: Printing emails is usually a waste.” Fine.

But personally, I don’t know anyone who prints out their emails, so I feel like that’s sort of a lame thing to say. Plus, I’m a writer, for crying out loud — I should be able to come up with something zingier than, “Printing emails is usually a waste.” I mean, come on.

So as of today, all the messages I send from my personal email account, my work account and my blog account will end with something like this:


Vanessa Farquharson
Arts & Life Reporter
National Post
300-1450 Don Mills Rd
Toronto, ON M5B 3R5
t: (416) 383-XXXX

** Green Tip of the Day: Get your morning coffee in a reusable thermos instead of a disposable cup. And yes, that includes the Grande Extra-Hot Non-Fat Latte With Foam getting cold on your desk right now.


Or, you know, something like that. I might have to play with it and adjust things depending on the recipient.

Funny mean green girl image courtesy of these guys