Why I hate Gmail

Ok, so I don't really hate Gmail, but I am pretty annoyed right now. Every time I try to send an email, I get an alert saying "An error occurred trying to send the message".

Despite my best-efforts to follow Gmails TOS, I believe that my account has been disabled...hopefully only temporarily. And here's why:

I made a couple updates to emAlbum Pro last night and wanted to send out an announcement (since the updates resolved some login issues). As I mentioned previously, all of my email accounts are managed through Gmail. So, knowing that most sites/servers have restrictions on bulk emailing, I headed over to the Gmail Help Center for guidance.

According to their Gmail Sending Limits page:
"Google will temporarily disable your account if you send a message to more than 500 recipients or if you send a large number of undeliverable messages".

Based on the above, I interpreted that to mean one (1) message cannot contain more than 500 recipients (it does say "a message" after all). So, I proceeded to break the ~900 recipients I had into 5 groups, just to be on the safe side.

When I tried to send the fifth message, I received the "An error occurred trying to send the message". I ended up on the Gmail Help Discussion and discovered that the limit is actually a daily limit, not a message limit (as insinuated in the Help Center).

So, now I am stuck, unable to send emails...which come to think of it...isn't so bad :D

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  1. June 20, 2008 @ 4:45 am #

    I totally agree with you. Problems in mail sending, Autocratic disabling of A/c for unknown reasons are some of the problems. I hate Gmail and switched to Yahoo

  2. July 1, 2008 @ 12:19 am #

    seems a bit harsh to complain, surely you code set up phplist (other such things are available) to do this for you

    google have to place restriction in order to provide the service

  3. July 7, 2008 @ 7:52 am #

    @sam s - I agree that restrictions are necessary...I just didn't feel that the TOS was clear on how those restrictions are applied. ;)

  4. August 2, 2008 @ 11:21 pm #

    Here are the top 5 reasons Gmail will always be at the bottom of the heap of emails for me - ok maybe just a notch above msn.

    1. Threads are fine but which genius came up with the logic that the latest message should be at the bottom of a trail - makes absolutely no sense especially when you have exchanged 5 or more msgs back and forth. The frustration in trying to figure out where you are in the realm of things is unbelievable.

    2. Why no folders, geeks? Just trying to be different from the Microsoft way is not good unless you have a revolutionary new way of things that actually works and is widely hailed by your users. BTW - folders have been around for a lot longer than Microsoft and will always make sense to everyone except your tech wizards. The fact that Google felt that having an email option for users was essential to get more eyeballs proves that others like yahoo and ms have been doing the same innovations long before your business was conceived. So don't try to reinvent what already works.

    3. Give me a simple option to get rid of the threaded message hierarchy if I don't care for it or don't want it. Why is a simple HTML interface not one of the standard user options? I only see it when the usual interface can't load for some reason.

    4. I don't want you to be doing auto-saves of my drafts unless you give me a choice to turn it off. the last thing I want is to realize that while your servers were thinking I mis-typed something but could not get the tactile satisfaction of seeing it on the screen instantly. It’s kind of like the car thinking for 10-15 seconds before responding to a steering turn by when you have probably crashed into a tree! Poor lip syncing is ok for c grade Chinese movies - poor keyboard-screen syncing is not ok for a multi-billion $ company's flagship product.

    5. I don't want you to auto-check for new mails when my computer is in the standby or sleep mode. Many a times I find cryptic errors show up on my screen saying "not enough resources to run api" etc. and the only thing that seems to have happened besides my battery being drained to the bottom is that another spam message has been downloaded while I was away!

    [edited - changed from all caps]

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