Moving from Gmail to FuseMail

I finally got fed up with a very small ‘feature’ in Gmail and moved to FuseMail today.

The ‘feature’ is the ‘On Behalf of’ feature that shows email readers a ‘from [email protected] on behalf of [email protected]’ when using Gmail’s “accounts” feature. I got very tired of sending a ‘business’ email from my business account and having someone see this. The issue is discussed in more detail in the following places if you’d like to learn more about why this could be an issue:

Normally I wouldn’t be much of a stickler for a small issue like this, but I when I started using this feature in gmail, I expected that my Gmail account would info be kept private.

Instead of using a FREE email system that I really enjoy (I love the labels and conversations), I decided to spend ~$7 a month for Fusemail and get a product that allows me to aggregate my email, get more storage (6GB + additonal 1GB for $1/month) and control my email experience (and the experience that the readers of the email get too). As an added bonus, Fusemail gives me the ability to add multiple domains’ email accounts as well IMAP access…something Gmail doesn’t and will probably never have (because of the loss of ad revenue?).

I doubt that the $85 per year that I will spend on email hosting will be significant in Google’s eyes….but if enough people start moving from Gmail, perhaps they may open their eyes and do a bit of an upgrade to Gmail. I wonder if my lack of using Gmail will cost them more than $85 in ad revenue per year? I would almost bet that it does.

[tags] Fusemail [/tags]

10 responses to “Moving from Gmail to FuseMail”

  1. System Review Avatar

    Thanks for sharing that info with regards of gmail features.

  2. Scot Herrick Avatar

    So I’m behind on commenting(!), but doesn’t your hosting company have e-mail as an offering with both POP and IMAP capabilities? It’s hard to tell the hosting behind any blog, of course, so perhaps not. When I did my domain work and then selected my hosting company, I made sure that they offered web mail that could have the POP/IMAP capabilities to Outlook or MacMail(?).

    The reason: I’m a control freak for that kind of stuff for exactly the reasons outlined here in this article.

  3. Eric Brown Avatar

    Hi Scot.

    Most hosting companies do provide email with both POP and IMAP. I host my web sites on my own server and have access to many mail options but I prefer to use a third party mail provider as a way to aggregate all of my various email accounts.

    I had been using Gmail (as mentioned) but switched to Fusemail because that is what they are focused on…’fusing’ mail into one central account that is 100% up and backed up and retained. Gmail has been down more than I’d like and has no retention policy that I can find.

    I like to be in control of this stuff too for the same reasons you do 🙂

  4. anik mankar Avatar
    anik mankar

    We are at a point to migrate from our existing provider to google premium or Fusemail. Any thoughts…on support ? pricing ?

  5. Eric D. Brown Avatar

    @anik mankar:

    I’m currently using Google Apps Premium and I am quite happy. Google provides a ton of Blackberry apps that Fusemail hasn’t been able to provide. I’d look at Google for your email.

  6. anik mankar Avatar
    anik mankar

    from what i understand – both don’t really have a true blackberry support – both use apps to downloads and sync. I may / could be wrong.

    Unfortunately, my entier email service is down – for google to work – they will have to send an emai lto my existing server id – and i currently don’t have access.

    bascially stuck – and need to flip a coin…

  7. Eric D. Brown Avatar

    @anik mankar:

    You are correct…Google uses apps for Blackberrys, but I like their approach.

  8. Harry Avatar

    Do you still use Fusemail?

    1. Eric D. Brown Avatar

      I have moved off of fusemail and now use Google Apps for all my email.

  9. Travis Avatar

    FuseMail outage again… ugh!! check #FuseMail twitter feed, heaps of customers are furious. Oh well, we considered Google too but found out about CityEmail and switched to them!