Posted by Ben Treynor, VP Engineering and Site Reliability Czar Gmail's web interface had a widespread outage earlier today, lasting about 100 minutes.
Posted by David Besbris, Engineering Director Update (2:37 pm) : We've fixed the issue, and Gmail should be back up and running as usual.
Posted by Zach Yeskel, Product Marketing Manager Have you ever clicked the "Reader" link at the top of your Gmail inbox and ended up in Google Reader , kind of unsure about what to do next? We realize this happens from time to time, so to help people get started with Reader, we asked a bunch of prominent journalists, techies, fashion critics, and foodies for their lists of favorite sites and blogs. We compiled their reading lists and made them accessible to everyone at google.com/powerreaders , where you can explore and subscribe to lists from Thomas Friedman , Arianna Huffington , Paul Krugman , the editors of Lifehacker , Boing Boing , Kottke.org , and many more.
Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager When composing messages, you probably rely pretty heavily on auto-complete to add recipients. Auto-complete is convenient and fast, and usually does the trick
Posted by Michael Bolin, Software Engineer Sometimes you need to get your tasks out of Tasks.
Posted by Marcin Brodziak, Software Engineer A few months ago, we added the ability to import your old mail and contacts to Gmail . We made this feature available for all newly-created Gmail accounts first, since people new to Gmail benefit most from being able to move their stuff with them. Friends who wanted to use Gmail but kept telling us how painful it would be finally made the switch! But many old time Gmail users (including us) also have old accounts lurking
Posted by Emmanuel Pellereau, Software Engineer Quite a few of you use Gmail's custom "From:" to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address. Since these messages are sent by Gmail's servers but "from" a non-Gmail address, we have to include your original Gmail username in the "Sender" field of the message header to comply with mail delivery protocols and help prevent your mail from being marked as spam
Posted by Brad Taylor, Gmail Spam Czar We believe you should only get the mail you want to get. Some of you already use the "Report Spam" button on all kinds of unwanted email, and for that we're very thankful : the more spam you mark, the better our system gets at weeding out junk mail. Unsubscribing from mailing lists and newsletters you subscribed to a while back but no longer want to receive should be just as easy.
Posted by Sarah Price, Online Operations Strategist Like many of us nowadays, I get a lot of email. So much email that going on vacation can be a little scary because I know I'll have a mountain to wade through when I get back. A few messages I receive each day are time-sensitive or very important — but only a few.