I opened my first Gmail account in 2008 and have opened countless others ever since for myself, friends, family, my job and even total strangers! Believe it!
Gmail is the best free email service in my opinion and I recommend South Africans to use it.
There are countless perks, but these are the ones I like:
- 10 Gigabytes of storage space that keeps growing (literally, if you head over to the Gmail login page you can see the space growing right before your eyes!)
- Less Spam
- Mobile Access
- Countless apps that intergrate with Gmail from the chrome web store and Labs
- The power of Google search to use as you please on every single one of your emails
They even have an awesome Why Gmail page to convince you to switch. 🙂
and even though many say “…but Google reads all your emails and you have no privacy, etc. etc.”, lets face it. In this day and age what website, email service provider, company, organisation, doesn’t collect data about you? They are all collecting data on you and you willing provide it for them so what are you complaining about?
Anyways, now that I’ve convinced you let me show you how easy it is to create a Gmail account. It’s pretty simple… really!
- Type www.google.co.za in your browser or just click on the link
- Click on the Gmail link you see in the strip of links right at the top of the page
- Then click on the big red button that says ‘Create an Account’ in the top right corner of the page
- Or you can skip steps 1,2 & 3 and follow this link to create a gmail account.
- Fill in all your details in the boxes provided such as
- First and Last Name (Last name means your surname)
- Your username is something everybody will see and use when they receive email from you and send email to you so pick a tasteful name. You don’t want to be stuck with sexy_vixen6969
- Your password is even more important! Don’t use password or password1 or drowssap, etc. Make sure you use a mixture of letters , symbols and numbers, uppercase and lowercase such as Ij30^%O0#Aj4n$mr
- You Birthday. Don’t worry, Google won’t make your age public! 😛
- Your gender
- Your cellphone number which is optional, but can be used to skip step 8
- Your current email address which is optional
- a Capture form which helps determine if you’re human or not (You can skip this step by using step 6)
- Your location
- and last but not least, two check boxes that allow you to accept Google’s Ts & Cs and an opt in to let Google personalise ads and stuff to your profile. (I always tick these two because it’s awesome to see the power of Google at work)
- You are now ready to click the button labeled ‘Next Step’
- You can now add a Profile Picture or click on the ‘Next Step’ button if you want to skip that (Don’t be shy)
- You can then click on the ‘Get Started’ button, and you’re all done! That wasn’t so bad, was it? 🙂
Written by Kurt Wyngaard