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Impressions of "GMX" - Nothing to See Here

Aug. 20th, 2009

09:36 am - Impressions of "GMX"

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[Edit] I've since found out from comments that GMX is by no means new (it's popular in Germany). It is just that they came into my view by buying up a lot of advertising on Facebook.

I decided to create an account on a new e-mail service, GMX, this morning. I certainly didn't expect it to replace gmail, but I was curious to see why they thought they were better than gmail, Yahoo, etc.

It is all bluster.

I think the simplest way to sum up my thoughts on their service is to make open an e-mail I'm sending to them about my experience:

Oh, and not to mention they're flat out admitting that their system sucks really badly by presenting one, in one of the 2 automatic messages that show up in a new account's inbox, with the following warning:Seriously? Seriously?! Come on... that's just sad. Don't launch until your service is worth using, GMX. Also, 11 million users? Where? I don't believe it for a second. I first heard about your service yesterday.

Current Location: Redwood City, CA
Current Mood: uncomfortableunimpressed
Current Music: "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar" - The Guild

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From:targaff
Date:August 20th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
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They're pretty popular in Germany, I believe.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 20th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Weird. I don't know why it would be popular anywhere, given how ... just generally ungainly the whole thing is. OTOH, didn't Google have issues with gmail in Germany? Perhaps if gmail's not allowed to offer service to Germans something like this could do well. It's seriously a return to the bad old days of webmail though, IMHO.
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From:wizzu
Date:August 20th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I seem to recall gmx.de in a lot of (German) addresses in the past. On IRC. So my guess is that this is just an outgrowth from an ISPs own webmail service. From that they could easily have an existing user base of 11M, especially if they automatically give an email address (or ten) to everyone who's signing up with them for Internet access.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 22nd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Ahh. :)
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