Related link: http://www.gmailforthetroops.com/.
If you are fortunate to have a GMail account, then chances are, you have the ability to invite friends, family members, and even strangers to join GMail.
Here is a consideration: send GMail invitation(s) to our brave men and women, our armed forces overseas.
It is a way to support our troops. It is a tremendous token of support and gratitude for those sacrificing their time and lives abroad.
Technology is not only critical on the battlefield, but also critical in order to communicate with friends, family, and loved ones back home. There is hardly any technical donation or support to those serving overseas. There are two websites that allow you to send GMail invites to our troops: http://www.gmail4troops.com/ and http://www.gmailforthetroops.com/.
A service such as GMail is valuable for our troops. In fact, some men and women need GMail. Here are some reasons:
- Sure, some men and women overseas have other webmail accounts such as Yahoo! and Hotmail. However, Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts have a limited storage capacity. Chances are, some accounts are already filled with media (images and videos) from home, or even infested with spam. GMail has a storage capacity of 1 GB –that is 10-100 times more than the capacity of Yahoo! and Hotmail mail accounts.
- Soldiers have extremely limited time to be on the Internet or to communicate with loved ones back home. GMail is incredibly well-designed (and exceptionally fast), especially its user interface.
- Not only is GMail well-designed, it is also revolutionary. The key of GMail is organization. Messages and replies are organized in a conversation-like manner. GMail also introduces the idea of labeling messages (similar to color-labeling of files in the old Mac OS), which is “an increasingly important method of data management” (see Crawford’s past post on GMail). It is a different approach to e-mail management than what people are used to.
- So far, no major issues with spam in GMail. That is always a good thing.
- E-mail searching in Google. Enough said.
If you are a member of the technical community with GMail invitations available, and looking for a way to support our troops, consider sending GMail invites to them. It is not only a token of support and gratitude for our brave men and women serving overseas, but it is also a good cause for the technical community. It would be even more rewarding if you keep in touch with the soliders (the invitee’s new GMail address is automatically entered in your contact list).