Yahoo-Mail Vs Gmail

For many years, I have been a big fan of Yahoo email. User interface of Yahoo email was used to be simple. If you are familiar with Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, navigating Yahoo email was a piece of cake. Over years, Yahoo email becomes more and more unreliable. Frequently, it fails to load the pages. Email messages die while being sent out to the universe. If you use Yahoo email with firefox 3.x, you would have noticed even more crashes in Yahoo email.

On the other hand, Gmail is lot more reliable compared to Yahoo email. The feature I love most in Gmail is the access information at the bottom of the page. It is labeled as “last account activity”.

If you suspect somebody else is accessing your emails without your knowledge, you can easily spot it by looking at the list of IPs that were used to access your gmail account. There are many crooks out there that would love to take a peek at your emails. These guys are not necessarily peeping toms. They could be your ex-managers that stole your password when you worked for them.

If you are switching from yahoo mail to gmail, only drawback is the absence of folder structure in Gmail. However, if you spend some time in understanding labels, filters and smart labels, you will find that Gmail is pretty nice, secure and reliable.

Gmail smart labels

Before ditching yahoo email for good, I sent a feedback to yahoo email support team. One of my suggestions was to implement “last account activity” feature similar to gmail. Below is the reply I got from Yahoo support staff.

Before I go into addressing your concern, I’d like to first apologize
for the delay in my responding to your inquiry. We are committed to
answering your questions as quickly and accurately as possible. However,
we are currently receiving unusually high volumes which caused the
delayed response.

The information you have requested is not available through Yahoo!
Customer Care.

To disclose log information and access data, we may require a subpoena
or other legal documentation. Send all such requests in writing to:

Yahoo! Custodian of Records
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1019

State and Federal laws strictly limit the information that online
service providers, like Yahoo!, may disclose about subscribers. If you
are seeking to obtain account information on a specific subscriber, we
will need a subpoena or a court order.

No wonder, Yahoo stock is going deep south.

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