While there are hundreds, if not thousands of kinds of email accounts out there, we recommend Gmail. This is Google’s email system, and with just one Google/Gmail account, you can easily access all the cool Google features discussed in this guide, and many more. Gmail also has lots more storage space than other services out there, so you won’t have to worry about your inbox getting full.
Click here to create your Google/Gmail account!
Occasionally you may need to send a large file to someone, and you find their inbox “bounces” the email back to you due to account restrictions. In this case, you can use some free services that are designed for sending large files back and forth.
YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com) is the most popular and secure online file sharing software that allows you to easily send large files and email attachments. Once you create a free YouSendIt account, you can send up to one file at a time to the people you specify. They are sent a link (that expires in seven days) that allows them to download the file you send.
Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) s a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
Google Docs offers free, online word processing, spreadsheets, forms and more.
Say you have a document that you’d like multiple people to review on a conference call. With Google Docs, you can upload the document, invite everyone in your group to view it and/or edit it. In this way, collaborative editing of documents is possible.
Online Discussion Groups
Communicating through online discussion groups is as easy as sending an email – except that your email will go out to an entire group, as opposed to one person, or a group of people whom you manually select. These groups are a great way to organize around common interests.
We recommend: Google Groups
Google Groups is a service from Google Inc. that supports discussion groups based on common interests. Membership in Google Groups is free of charge and many groups are anonymous. Users can find discussion groups related to their interests and participate in conversations, either through a web interface or by e-mail. They can also start new groups.
How to Start a Google Group
Want to start a Google discussion group but not sure where to start? This tutorial will walk you through the process.