Free Google Snail Mail Postcards

This year you can use Gmail to send a Snail Mail postcard courtesy of Google!

This holiday season, as a token of our appreciation to our most enthusiastic fans, we’ll snail-mail a free holiday postcard on your behalf. Yes, through the mail and everything.

– Gmail Blog, Spread some holiday cheer, one card at a time

So get on over to that website and send a free “Gmail Card” to the Google fan in your life, or maybe that person in your life who doesn’t use email (yet).

Gmail Postcards

Gmail gets experimental offline mode

If you ever take your laptop to places yuo can’t get online, or if your desktop doesn’t always have a connection (or if you are on dialup) you might appreciate this new feature in Gmail Labs – Offline Gmail.

Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive instead of the information sent across the network. You can read messages, star and label them, and do all of the things you’re used to doing while reading your webmail online. Any messages you send while offline will be placed in your outbox and automatically sent the next time Gmail detects a connection.

Gmail Blog

Gmail says Offline Gmail will be available to users of Gmail in US or UK English over the next couple of days (as of Jan 27th).

More Gmail Posts (on my other blog)

The Gmail Email Reminder?

Gmail’s Forgotten Attachment Reminder now has a sibling, a reminder to types your email out instead of sending an empty email (maybe an email just with a subject line like “How About Dinner Tonight?”).

Gmail lover that I am I’m going to rate this one next to useless, unless you are trying to break yourself of the habit of sending emails consisting just of subject lines. My favorite recent Gmail feature is themes (check out my favorite Gmail themes), that became available in my Gmail account the day after I blogged about it.

Forgotten Attachment reminder: ok
Empty Email Reminder: yech
Gmail Themes: hooray!

Gmail Rocks (more) with New Themes

Like I said before Gmail rocks! Now they’ve (almost) added themes, so I can now choose different themes for different browsers. Since I mainly use about 6 browsers on 3 different computers that’s really cool for me. Also this should let me see at-a-glance whether our laptop is logged into my wife’s Gmail or mine – yes I *could* just read the email address as Gmail loads but that’s less fun and certainly not worth a post here!

Okay, so here are this blogger’s early on favorites:

Source: Ripped from Google
Source: Ripped from Google

MORE READING, read the entire Gmail post, themes aren’t yet available everywhere:
Spice up your inbox with colors and themes