Adventures in Mobile Marketing

Gmail IMAP Obscurity

I decide to setup my iPhone with Gmail’s IMAP settings. Basic steps are to access your account, view the Settings, and flag the “Enable IMAP.” Easy-schmeazy.

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When I logged into my account, though, this is what I saw:

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Turns out that
1) Google doesn’t release the feature to everyone site-wide, but to various sections gradually over a few days. And,
2) there is a “secure” email site, which is https://mail.google.com/mail/. Once I accessed that, I could set my account to IMAP, as it shows in the YouTube tutorial. A note about tutorials- another client had setup their corporate, software how-to tutorials on YouTube to resounding success (Hi Gavin!) and I’m confirmed in this fact by seeing Google do the same.

From this a Google support discussion board, via “AnalEyes”:

Gmail rolls out new features to random sets of their users, instead of
a system-wide change. Hence, it is possible that some users have
already received the GMail’s new interface on their accounts, which
has the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ tab, while those GMail users who are
still on the old interface have the existing ‘Forwarding and POP’ tab.

If so, you would shortly find the new interface for your account,
including the updated features, if you just wait for some time (a few
days). Ensure that you always use the secure URL https://mail.google.com/mail/
to sign in to your GMail UI.

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Written on Tuesday, 30. October 2007 at 15:30 In the category technology. Follow the comments via RSS here: RSS-Feed. Read the Comments. Trackbacks- Trackback on this post. Share on FriendFeed

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