Gmail Has Solved Our Email Spam Problem

About a year ago, I switched both my personal and email accounts over to Gmail for Domains. For the uninitiated, this means that we use the Gmail inteeface, but can retain our and address.

Things were bumpy for the first couple of months, but since then it’s been awesome. There are plenty of advantages–great search, no backup anxiety, email access anywhere, a decent and improving web interface, IMAP support (though I don’t use it, it’s nice to know it’s there). However, the biggest change is a fairly subtle one–the grouping of email threads together into conversations. It makes my email usage way more efficient.

Lately I’ve combined Gmail with Mailplane (thanks to Tara for the recommendation), which is kind of an application shell for Gmail. It doesn’t provide a ton of stuff I desperately want, but it does get my email client out of the browser. That, combined with the drag-and-drop attachment functionality, makes it worth the US $25 I paid for a ‘family’ license.

I was reminded to write in praise of Gmail because I spotted this Gmail marketing piece via Digg. It indicates that 70% of the email to Gmail accounts is spam, yet their spam-blocking is so effective that less than 1% gets through.

I believe those numbers. I’ve had my account public for six or seven years, and I maybe receive one to two spam messages in my inbox.

That’s a fantastic improvement over a few years ago. My email spam problem is pretty much solved.

For now.


  1. Having had the same email address for… oh, 9 years or so, I get a bucketload of spam. Currently, my spam folder has 63986 msg’s in it.

    Maybe a dozen of those actually hit my inbox first. Every now and then I’ll get a small flood of spam that is sneaky in a way that gmail hasn’t figured out yet. But once that initial “flood” is gone, it doesn’t come back.

    I love gmail. Love it with a PASSION. We also use gmail for domains at work, and even give it to our hosting clients by default. I can’t say enough good things about it. Wonderful!

  2. I wish it worked as well for me. Or, more accurately, I probably *am* getting 1% of the spam, but I get SO MUCH SPAM (same main email address, on my website and elsewhere, now forwarded to Gmail, since 1996) that even a trickle is still a fair bit to deal with.

    I agree that Gmail’s filtering is very good, although I do have another layer of filtering that runs through it before Gmail sees anything. So I only have 4650 spam messages from the past 40 days in Gmail’s Spam box.

  3. I have three spam emails in my Spam folder on GMail. Don’t ask me why. I just LOVE Gmail. As Donna put it, I love Gmail with a passion.

  4. I am addicted (and a choose that word carefully) to Gmail for it’s spam filtering capabilities. Combined with the Google for your domain, it means that I can have a ‘business’ type email (, with the solid email hosting (better security than my own site, anti-spam, better availability).

    The Addiction comes from the spam filters being so good – I find myself putting out the email address on public websites. Many business users that I want to pay me money won’t understand the paulb [at] convention.

    It means I’m now stuck with using Gmail Email hosting, as I can’t go back to my own email server (even with Spam Assassin) as I would just get flooded with Junk.


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