Tag: Gmail

The Natural History of Gmail Data Mining

The most striking thing about the early Gmail patents is how exhaustive they were in attempting to anticipate every conceivable attribute of an email message that might one day be exploited for ad targeting purposes. In many cases it would be years before Google was actually able to make these ideas operational in Gmail. The first version of ad serving in Gmail exploited only concepts directly extracted from message texts and did little or no user profiling this method would only be put into practice much later. Some attributes have still not been implemented today and perhaps never will be. For example, as far as I know, Google does not reach into your PC’s file system to examine other files residing in the same directory as the file you attach to a Gmail message, even though the patents explicitly describe this possibility.

Source: Jeff Gould on The Natural History of Gmail Data Mining

Google Spam Issues

Just in case you missed this, earlier this morning there was a problem with the implementation of Google’s malware filters. Apparently, Gmail’s spam engine uses the same filters to help protect users from malware, and so between 6:00 a.m. PST and 8:00 a.m. PST, some legitimate mail was mistakenly sent  to people’s spam folders.
Check your spam folders to be sure you are not affected by this issue.

Offline access in Gmail Labs

According to the Google Enterprise Blog, Offline access is now available in Gmail Labs. To enable this feature:

  1. Sign in to Gmail and click ‘Settings’.
  2. Click the ‘Labs’ tab and select ‘Enable’ next to ‘Offline Gmail’.
  3. Click ‘Save Changes.’
  4. In the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username, there will be a new ‘Offline’ link. Click this link to start the offline synchronization process.