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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Sending Emails in a Cool Way
Have you heard of Big String? It is web-based email account provider. What makes it so special? Well it offers 1 GB of storage, that is not a first. It allows you to send/receive emails, it's not like they've invented the wheel!

But! Yes, there is a but here. You can take your emails back whenever you want to! Yes, people, just like small children who pick up their toys and leave when their upset. You can track your emails and know how many times they've been opened. You can create emails that will self destruct in 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes :D

Using this service to play with emails can actually be quite fun. Silviana told me about it and I got an account instantly. Oh, and since it is a pretty new service on the market, I could select alina@bigstring.com. That is a first, I must say!

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posted by Alina @ 10:18 AM  
11 Comments:
  • At 3/29/2007 5:35 PM, Blogger Om Luji said…

    That seems very interesting. Thanks Alina for sharing. I just hope it's user-friendly.
    BTW, you've been tagged: http://omluji.blogspot.com/2007/03/school-days-tag.html

     
  • At 3/29/2007 5:37 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Yes it is quite user friendly. I'll do the tag asap, thanks :)

     
  • At 3/29/2007 7:13 PM, Anonymous Radu C said…

    It's cool, until you use it for more than just fun. Send a message full of pictures and your message will probably not be read by the sender even if you don't retract it. Why? Because pictures that are linked to in messages can be used for tracking (very effective if you're a spammer and share active suckers with your spammer friends). Thunderbird doesn't display them by default (I have to click "show images") and this is also the case of most of the e-mail clients out there. And paranoid users like me, don't click that button unless the message is from a trusted source. Otherwise, I read the message source code to figure out what it's about, and if there's nothing there either, I just delete the message.

     
  • At 3/29/2007 7:15 PM, Anonymous Radu C said…

    correction: read by the _receiver_ :D
    explanation: the "cool" messages are HTML messages which link to pictures on the server (that's how the retraction is possible).

     
  • At 3/29/2007 8:26 PM, Blogger Salma said…

    Sounds COOL! Thanks for sharing it :)

     
  • At 3/29/2007 8:29 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Radu, this was all about doing something fun, not super safe.

    Salma, you're welcome

     
  • At 3/29/2007 11:32 PM, Blogger Cristina Vintila said…

    I'm just opening my mail account: cristina_crow@bigstring.com ;) cool

     
  • At 3/30/2007 7:57 AM, Blogger Grasshopper said…

    I've been playing with this new toy for two days now, trying to see how the cool features work. :) It's really nice if you don't use a mail client, like Radu C says...
    Still, in the original article I read about this new email service, there were some questions about how this comply with messaging ethic. (http://www.businessmagazin.ro/articole/E-mail-cu-cerneala-simpatica-7536-1.html)

     
  • At 3/30/2007 10:17 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Hehe, nice going Cris! :P

    Silvi, I know it is not safe or entirely ethical. But this is supposed to be fun, nothing more :) I would not advise exchanging important information :) Again, thanks for the tip :)

     
  • At 3/30/2007 5:17 PM, Anonymous Radu C said…

    Having fun by sending e-mail... Girl, I'm starting to think about buying a ticket to Bucharest and asking you out some weekend :D (the selfish point of view: I think of myself, not you :P ; the unselfish point of view: I'll get you away from having fun with -email-). How does that sound?

    BTW, I registered radu@bigstring.com, so the service is REALLY new. I don't think I'll log back in any time soon (or ever) though.

    As for the images, no sane webmail provider, like Yahoo, displays linked images either, so it's not limited to desktop mail clients. For the same reasons I mentioned earlier.

     
  • At 3/30/2007 6:08 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    I don't care if it is safe. I sent an email to myself. And a fire burns the message if you set it to self destruct. Cool to play with when bored. Period.

    Sounds great! Love to meet fellow bloggers when they visit Bucharest :)

     
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