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Deleting Gmail

When we first reviewed Google's new Gmail service more than a year ago, we complained about the lack of an easy-to-use "delete'' button. "Because they're giving users a huge amount of storage,'' we said, "Gmail engineers apparently view the delete button as a quaint time-waster. Gmail hides its delete function in a non-intuitive pull-down menu and discourages people from using it." Google still hasn't addressed this issue. But thanks to Greasemonkey, it doesn't matter. Herewith, a handy Greasemonkey script that adds a delete button to your Gmail account. And it actually works (Firefox users only). Sweet!


Greasemonkey and Siliconbeat should both make it clear that we still have no evidence that any Gmail that is moved to trash and "deleted forever" is actually, really, irreversibly purged from Google's servers, eventually. Google remains very coy on this topic.

They used to show a tag line in the trash folder that said that any trashed emails older than 30 days would be automatically deleted. Many users, myself included, noticed that this was not happening. Now that message is gone from the trash folder, but it still exists in the spam folder. My messages that are several months old are still sitting in the trash folder, naturally.

Doesn't that tell you something? Google really doesn't like people who delete their mail, and as users we really have no idea how Google defines "delete." It could very well mean that the user cannot retrieve it, but Google can.

See: http://www.gmail-is-too-creepy.com/

Daniel Brandt on June 14, 2005 9:24 PM
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there may be some issue with this script that causes gmail to lock you out of your account due to "unusual activity". I would recomend that you not continue to use this until the issue is resolved.

jeff on June 17, 2005 7:04 AM
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help: How to use it ?

lincom on June 19, 2005 12:01 AM
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