Inviting Nepal To Gmail: An Experience

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I emailed from new Gmail address two years ago to express my excitement to myself. And, as you can see in the photo above, in the next email I congratulated myself!

A new job is keeping me busy in the last few days. I have become a distributor of Gmail, so to speak. Four days ago I wrote an article titled “Jamana Gmail Ko” [Gmail’s Era] and I felt it was my duty to provide an email address at the end of the article so that readers who might want to give a try to the service but have no one to get invitations from would write to me. That’s what happened and I started getting emails in numbers that I hadn’t expected. I didn’t realize that so many people would be reading teh article or (even if they read) be interested in trying out Gmail. I had hoped to received a few dozens requests for Gmail invite but as of now, the inbox says there are about 500 messages. Five days after the article, requests are still coming in.

It’s a time consuming act though. Nevertheless, I am enjoying inviting these folks to the world of Gmail. This is also part of my passion of sharing information like in journalism. First, I shared the information I knew about Gmail with the readers of Kantipur and now I am sharing my Gmail experience with them by inviting them to join this cool email service from Google. Many of the requests contain interesting messages and those kept me smiling.

Here is the article that I wrote in Kantipur.

जमाना जीमेलको

दिनेश वाग्ले

एउटा पुरानो प्रश्न- कम्प्युटर निर्माता एप्पलका प्रमुख कार्यकारी स्टिभ जब्स र एक फेसन डिजाइनरबीच के फरक छ ? उत्तर- दुवै आफ्ना उत्पादनको बनावट र सौन्दर्यप्रति अति रुचि राख्छन् । आइपोडको कामुकता चर्चा गरी के साद्दे ? तर बितेका केही वर्षमा फेसनेबल, कामुक र लोभलाग्दो हुने दौड गुगलले जितेको छ । जीमेल पछिल्लो र सशक्त उदाहरण हो ।

जीमेल छैन भने तपाईं के ‘फेसनेबल’ ? ‘कुल’ कसरी भन्ने ? दुई वर्षअघि ‘अपि्रल फुल’ मा आएको जीमेलका फ्यानहरू भन्छन्- हटमेल र याहुमेलका दिन गए, जे छ जीमेलमै छ । हुन पनि जीमेलको दुई जीबी स्पेसमा नअटाउने कुरै के रह्यो ? अनि गुगलको चकित तुल्याउने खोजी-क्षमताले जीमेललाई पनि धन्य पारेको छ जसका कारण दुई वर्षअघिका सन्देश एकै क्लिकमा फेला पर्छन् । खोजी-क्षमताले हटमेल र याहुमेलको टाउको दुखाइदिएको छ, उनीहरू चुस्त हुने अभियानमा छन् । त्यसैले हालै हटमेलले ‘विन्डोज लाइभ’ ब्रान्डअन्तर्गत सेवा थालेको छ भने याहुले नयाँ डिजाइनसहितको इमेल प्रणालीको परीक्षण गरिरहेको छ ।

अन्य इमेल सेवामा नपाइने जीमेल सुविधा ‘च्याट’ हो जसका लागि मेसेन्जर चाहिँदैन । इनबक्समा छिर्नेबित्तिकै इमेल सूचीको बायाँपट्टी ‘सम्पर्क’ हरू अन/अफलाइनमा देखिन्छन् र च्याट स्वतः सेभ गर्न (या नगर्न) मिल्छ ।

सुरुवातमा जीमेल केही विवादमा थियो, इनबक्समा देखिने शब्द-विज्ञापनका कारण । जीमेल भण्डार हुने कम्प्युटरहरूले सन्देश स्वतः पढ्छन् र त्यहाँका शब्दसँग मेल खाने विज्ञापन दायाँपट्टी देखाइदिन्छन् । त्यसले प्रयोगकर्ताको गोपनीयता भंग हुने गुनासो आएको थियो । सन्देश मानिसले नपढ्ने तथा कम्प्युटरले स्वचालित रूपमा त्यस्ता विज्ञापन राख्ने भएकाले गोपनीयतामा कुनै समस्या नहुने जीमेलले बताएको छ । विज्ञापन सबै इमेलमा हुन्छ, झन् अरूमा ध्यान विकेन्दि्रत गरिदिने झिलिमिली ब्यानर हुन्छन् ।

प्रयोगमा सहजता र भण्डारण क्षमता जीमेलको सबैभन्दा आकर्षक पक्ष भएको यसका प्रयोगकर्ता बताउँछन् । सुनौं ओजस्वी राणालाई जो मलेसियाको एउटा कलेजमा ‘लिबरल आर्टस’ (स्नातक) पढिरहेकी छन् । ‘वास्तवमा धेरै स्पेस भएकाले जीमेल मन पराउँछु,’ जीमेल च्याटमा कुरा गर्दै ओजस्वीले भनिन्- ‘उसो त हटमेलले पनि धेरै स्पेस दिन्छ तर जीमेलले जित्यो । जीमेल सेवा छिटो छ । अँ साँच्ची, जीमेलमा त्यो च्याट प्रणाली समाविष्ट छ जो मेसेन्जर प्रतिबन्धित स्थानमा प्रयोग गर्न सकिन्छ । जस्तो, मेरो कलेजको पुस्तकालय !’ पहिलेदेखिका र धेरै सम्पर्क त्यहाँ भएकाले हटमेलको मेसेन्जर अझै प्रयोग गर्ने गरेको ओजस्वीले बताइन् ।

जीमेलेको ‘स्पेस’ दुई जीबीभन्दा बढी छ र प्रत्येक सेकेन्ड चार बाइट बढिरहेको छ । अर्थात् सन् २००९ सम्ममा जीमेल स्पेस तीन जीबी पुग्नेछ । ‘कुनै सन्देश मेटाउनुपर्दैन’ भन्ने जीमेलको नारा छ । ओजस्वीको जीमेलमा १ सय ७४ एमबी भरिएको छ । ‘चार महिनाअघि मैले असावधानीवश सबै इमेल मेटाएँ,’ उनले भनिन्- ‘नभए यसको झन्डै पाँच गुणा बढी थियो ।’ अरू इमेल प्रयोगकर्तालाई जीमेलले सुरुमा अचम्मै पार्छ । ‘लामो समयसम्म हटमेल प्रयोग गरेकीले जीमेलमा फोल्डर नदेख्दा अप्ठेरो लागेको थियो,’ ओजस्वीले भनिन्- ‘तर लेबलबारे मैले छिट्टै कुरा बुझें र यो सजिलो लाग्यो । सुरुमा स्पेसले चाहिँ मलाई साँच्चै उडायो !’

स्पेसकै कुरा गर्दा अब जीमेलमा वर्ड फाइलहरू पनि जस्ताको तस्तै भण्डारण गर्न सकिन्छ- इनबक्सको माथिल्लो भागमा रहेको ‘डक्स एन्ड स्पेडसिट’ मार्फत । ‘फरवार्डिङ’ सुविधाबाट कुनै एउटा जीमेलमा आएका सन्देशलाई स्वतः अर्को ठेगानामा पठाउन या आउटलुकमार्फत कम्प्युटरमा झारेर अफलाइन हेर्न सकिन्छ । हटमेल या याहुमा भएका सम्पर्कलाई जीमेलमा ल्याउन सकिन्छ जो जीमेल खोल्ने बित्तिकैको सन्देशमा हेर्न सकिन्छ ।

यति पढेपछि जीमेल प्रयोग गर्न मन लागे त्यो हुने साथीसँग निम्ता माग्नुस् । चिनेको कसैसँग छैन भने, विषय हरफमा जीमेल चाहियो भन्दै blogmandu at gmail.com मा इमेल गर्नुस् ।

Internet and email habit of Nepali people has changed over the years. More and more young people are becoming loyal consumers and heavy users of Internet and email in cities like Kathmandu, Biratnagar and Pokhara. They want to try out new technologies and services. I have found that the more and more young users are not just limiting their internet usage in Chats or messaging. In my interaction with young internet users in various cyber cafes in Kathmandu couple of months ago, many said that they were logging on to look for universities in the US or UK or Australia. Some of them wanted to be in touch with friends they made during their stay abroad.

Even if we are one of the poorest countries in the world, emailing has become a very necessary part of Nepali life; that is to say in the city area. I can’t imagine working without Email though we went through that horrible experience for a week following Feb 1, 2005 when King Gyanendra dismissed democracy, imposed autocracy and emergency, cut off telephone liens and switched off Internet connections. Emailing has emerged as new cultural phenomena in Nepal that is changing the way people communication. An email account is a must if you are studying in private colleges to be considered that you are not unfashionable. No email, you are considered backward. Young people have found it easier to communicate via email things that they can’t say in telephone. Instant messaging and chat are other examples. Not to mention the growing popularity of mobile SMS phones among youth.

Hotmail and Yahoo Mail are the most popular fee email service in Nepal. More than 95 percent of the requests I received were from Hotmail and Yahoo addresses. Sorry Bill Gates and Jerry Yang but Gmail is so cool that I want many people to try it once. I don’t mind if they don’t like the service and stick with old addresses. I have noticed that Hotmail and Yahoo have also upgraded their services and space which is definitely good.

So my friends were asking me if I was hired by Gmail as they saw me writing article on Gmail and inviting readers to it. No, I am not hired by Gmail or associated with Google. I wrote the article because I thought it was important for readers to know about the service and I gave the email address to make sure that those interested would get opportunity to try the service as it can’t be used without invitation.

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Gmail (and Google in a whole) and I am immensely enjoying the service since the third week of April, 2004, 22 days after it was launched by the search engine company. I wrote an article in Nepal Magazine about Gmail at that time. My request to try Gmail for that article was reciprocated by someone at Gmail and I got the invitation from Google. I have abandoned Hotmail since then (though I have reactivated the account for reporting purpose) and I rarely use my Yahoo accounts. And I am totally into Gmail chat that is incorporated into the inbox. I rarely use MSN messenger (though I have been logging in to the service once a day these days for reporting purpose) that too with my own domain email address.

I have invited many people in Gmail and those I invited have also invited many others. Gmail network in Nepal is growing day by day. I think people will be enjoying Gmailing until a new service with better features comes into effect.

Note: Okay, if you still don’t have Gmail and want to give a try, email me at blogmandu (@) gmail.com. Don’t forget to mention “Wagle, Malai Gmail Chahiyo [I want Gmail]” in the subject line!

38 thoughts on “Inviting Nepal To Gmail: An Experience

  1. Here are comments that were deleted becaues of technology failure. The are reposed below:

    1. G-gal Says:
    November 20th, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    After your article was published in Kantipur, even in the cyber I frequent there were discussion about gmail and seemed like a lot of ppl wanted to have a gmail account. I personally think Gmail rocks and I don\\’t use hotmail ids or yahoo ones. Have become somekind of G-mail ambassador among my frens, they keep asking me the functions and stuff.

    Anyways I have a great G-mail experience myself and its always fun to go back in the G-mail days re-read whacko emails sent and received..
    I think the G-Mail Experience is a wonderful thing. This is a small world and I feel G-mail as made it smaller! but can\\’t say if that makes it a better place or not

    2. Cooment Box Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 2:53 am

    Gmail Please!

    3. Gmailer Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 3:09 am

    I see change in the G-mail pic there! Haha dherai keti chinchu bhanera dekhauna khojya ki kaso??? (Sunatali, Gori, Saali)? ani first comment pani arkai thiyo jasto lagcha…

    4. Wagle Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 3:39 am

    G-gal,

    Glad to learn that you are working as a Gmail Ambassador. I also think I am the same. A self appointed volunteering Ambassador who finds himself satisfied while campaigning for Gmail. [A quick clarification, to whom it may concern: my Kantipur reporting was aimed at spreading awareness about new technology than campaigning for any one email service]. Gmail experience, I am sure, is definitely pleasing! And the arrival of integrated chat service made that experience even richer.

    Cooment Box:

    I want to think you are the same Comment Box! Oh.. I would love to invite ONLY if I could get the email address!!

    And Gmailer,

    Ke ho tapai ta minute minute refresh garera basnu hunchha ki kya ho? Comment arkai thiyo re? Must be something silly, haina? About those names: Ke garnu, inbox jasto private kura, private connections haru online ma hunchhan. To respect other’s privacy, I had to make a few amendments in the names. Don’t you think Sunatali, Gori and Saali are cute names?

    5. Gmailer Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 4:33 am

    aba as u have chosen to go public in the world wide web..keen readers haru le ta sab padihalchan ni! Sth silly ? hahaha sth true should be closer. Testo private connections haruko chinta bhako bhaye ta first mai sochera raknu paryo ni, even in the kantipur article I could decipher ur connections clearly! Better luck next time to escape my eyes Journalist Ji .

    6. Cooment Box Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 7:17 am

    Now Can I get?

    7. Wagle🙂 Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 7:19 am

    Of course! Pls check your email including the spam or junk folder.

    8. Cooment Box Says:
    November 21st, 2006 at 7:30 am

    Thank X!

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  2. Wagleji, you must not forget that these cool dot com business, whether that is Google or Hotmail or Yahoo or whatever mail, devoted to helping keep in touch, is actually facilitating for antisocial instincts.

    If not ,why is that the more connected i get to the advance and cool communication technology, the more disconnected i feel?

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  3. I totaly enjoyed it! Its cool, its funky!

    I definetly see it rising among the others.

    Or is it already a phenomenon; well ask others!

    Thanx Wagle you r great!

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  4. Here are comments that were removed because of technology failure and were reposted:

    Jange Says:
    November 23rd, 2006

    hi

    can i use g mail now?

    Bishal Says:
    November 23rd, 2006

    khai ta yaar till now i can\\\’t open up my account in gmail.

    Abhishek Says:
    November 24th, 2006

    hi

    now what should i do to get gmail

    Raj Shrestha Says:
    November 24th, 2006

    Dinesh Dai,

    J hos gmail ko market baddo chha anyway tapai ko spam chai kati dherai aako ho…

    Comment Box Says:
    November 24th, 2006

    Raj ji

    Those all spam are Nakkali Ke! Am I right Wagleji?

    But Why thses guys are not getting gmail like me? I got gmail through Wagle. It\’s good to use gmail and gmail chat is also cool!

    I too have started to share gmail with my friends and making them gmail user so that I can add them in my chat list. HEheheehe

    Wagle Says:
    November 25th, 2006

    \”Those all spam are Nakkali Ke! Am I right Wagleji?\”

    You are wrong, I am sorry to say, if the question wasn\’t intended to be satirical. No spam can be nakkali because they all invade the inbox in a terrible manner. But my gmail experience is that I have received very few spams compared to how much I used to receive in my Hotmail inbox two years ago.

    And please don\’t drop comment saying Gmail chaihiyo, email me! Kya yaar, jati lekhe pani nahune. Tetro bhagera tauke akshyer ma NOTE lekheko chha ta mathi, at the end of the blog.

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  5. After your article was published in Kantipur, even in the cyber I frequent there were discussion about gmail and seemed like a lot of ppl wanted to have a gmail account. I personally think Gmail rocks and I don\\’t use hotmail ids or yahoo ones. Have become somekind of G-mail ambassador among my frens, they keep asking me the functions and stuff.

    Anyways I have a great G-mail experience myself and its always fun to go back in the G-mail days re-read whacko emails sent and received..
    I think the G-Mail Experience is a wonderful thing. This is a small world and I feel G-mail as made it smaller! but can\\’t say if that makes it a better place or not

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  6. i am proud myself to be in gmail address. i love gmail then other one.

    thank u verymuch for providing gmail id . Atfirst i did n’t know about gmail . Now i am able to send mail .

    Bye

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  7. Hi Prateek,

    Go to wordpress.com and open an account (that will let you start a blog just like this one) and you can have all the facilities like that you experienced in this page.

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  8. hi Wagle ji maile ta g-mailtatha wordpress ko barema ta kantipur publication mai padeko hooon .
    i am quite enthuisiastic to know,learn and to use gmail. i always dream of having gmail ,wagle ji . please try to understand my enthusiasm.
    so, that i could chhhading saaan at my friends and also make them prerith to know about gmail.
    so please wagle ji malai gmail pradhan garnu na la. bye bye .

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  9. It was a pleasant moment to me when I got your invitation and made me glad very much. I would like to give millions of thanks to you.

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  10. hello wagle ji !
    i know that when i was in nepal i got the change to read the article about the gmail but that was quite incomplete . Even i was thinking to write a post about gmail but afterwards i left it. well! that was good article but i hope that was not so sufficient to know more things about gmail. Now this post covers all the things. I’m also a great fan of gmail.com. If u then u can place the tutorials about “how to add other account , how to send via other id and many more u can make a video tutorial and place on u r site. Thanks

    ok wagle ji , have a nice time. bye

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  11. Hi Dinesh Sir,
    No updates after Gmail Experience……..Readers are waiting your new experiences too……
    I want to quote one paragraph from the book of How to stop worrying and start living
    by Dale Carnegie
    ” …. I realize now that people are not thinking about you and me or caring what is said about us. They are thinking about themselves-before breakfast, after breakfast, and right on until ten minutes past midnight. They would be a thousand times more concerned about a slight headache of their own than their own than they would about the news of your death or mine……”
    Ohh………This paragraph is not suitable in this place……….But it reminds you to update your pages at least.
    Thanks.

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  12. i am dipesh thapa,student in r.r college,want to know about haw can we like people able to join in kantipur dailly.actually i want to be another dinesh wagle,so sir how can i? plz give me sweet and short advice……….i have three different electronic media news reporting experience.now a days i am wishing to be a newspaper reporter,so far investigative matter is my first priority…….thank for reading,i am waiting for ur comment.thanks

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