This was my gmail ad just now:
If you used Gmail today, you might have noticed this message:
This is pretty awesome. They have a video describing the service:
“I used to be an honest person; but now I don’t have to be. It’s just so much easier this way. I’ve gained a lot of productivity by not having to think about doing the ‘right’ thing.”Todd J., Investment Banker
(Protip: April Fools!)
UPDATE: Blogoscoped has all of the Google April Fool’s jokes listed. There are some good ones!
The Google Talk blog reports wants to help lower CO2 emissions and starts reducing the characters you send… by converting them to instant-messenger-speak. For instance, the sentence “As far as I’m concerned, you can give me the twenty dollars you owe me when I see you later.” will be automatically translated to “AFAIC, U can gve me the 20 $$ YOM whn I CUL8R.” before it reaches the other person. You can already see how your texts will translate thanks to the working email@example.com bot.
I’ve rearranged my work schedule to work M-Th 8-5 and get Fridays off. This is great, because now I get to sit at Spider House all day, which I had become accustomed to when ‘working from home’ for so long. So I get to catch up on my photo editing, other random computer tasks, maybe do a little contract work, or actually get back in the neuro lab once in a while.
Speaking of Spider House, I’m sitting here now. Johnny has Metallica’s “And Justice For All” playing at 9AM (which I think is great). I’m drinking a big ol’ mug of coffee, and I just discovered that Google Talk recognizes the “m/” (metal horns) emoticon, which is totally hilarious. It works even better if you have one of the colored emoticon sets enabled. It also doubles as a “hook em horns” sign, so that’s nice.
Here’s a list of gtalk emoticons I decided to dig up, just for you.
Gmail’s rolled out a lot of good changes lately: IMAP, colored labels (previously only available with Greasemonkey scripts), group chat, AIM chat, permalinks, etc. One great thing I just noticed they snuck in: my storage is now 5.5 GB. Bam!
Oh, and it looks like you can hit the ? key for a list of keyboard shortcuts.