GMail – too much space is never enough

May 16, 2009

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What a full GMail inbox looks like

I always wondered what GMail would do if, and whatsmore if I even could, reach/ed the capacity of my GMail account.  Well, as if to prove one of the corollary of Parkinson’s Law, today I discovered the limit of GMail’s patience with by hammering it (as an ’email mule’) using one of our marketing email systems (AKA email ‘blasts’).  It turns out that 8000 emails x 0.5MB turned out to be just the ticket/needle.


1. Notice the warning at the foot of the page

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2. The obligatory warning about imminent disaster

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3. Then distaster strikes!

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4. Do you want fries with that?

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It strikes me as odd that for increase in information (from which their index and hence marketing potential increases) there’s even a point at which they need to charge you at all!

Composure

[wink] I have to say though that Google’s handled the whole thing with a respectable level of composure.  On occasion however, I did get the “your email account has been suspended due to suspicious activity – please try again in 24 hours” message, however, logging out then straight back again solved that (more than once).

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About Justin Moss

An information and engineering technologist. Unabashedly opinionated, open-minded and an oft overthinker. Born Sydney Australia, home of the 'Southerly Buster'

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2 Responses to “GMail – too much space is never enough”

  1. Watchmaker4 Says:

    Not that I’ve ever needed the extra space, but to solve the potential problem, I just signed up for multiple gmail accounts. Now, I use one for personal/family contacts, one for business, one when signing up for services like rhapsody or pandora, one for media files, etc., etc.

  2. meme wango Says:

    I only have 100 emails so I have a long time until it runs out

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