BT Email versus Gmail

Over the last few months my btinternet email account has become flooded with spam – up to 70 emails a day offering me Russian beauties, gambling facilities and endless opportunities to get a ‘free’ store gift card. The BT spam filter catches virtually none of these (but does catch stuff that isn’t spam!).

So I asked BT for help in stopping this deluge and they recommended setting up ‘rules’ to indicate what should be filtered out as spam. That was an impossible task given the ever changing email addresses, subject lines etc. used by the spammers. And it involved opening the emails which indicates an active email address and then you get sent even more!

Enough was enough and I decided to try Gmail which I’d heard had a stronger spam filter. I set it up so that all the mail from my btinternet account was automatically forwarded into Gmail.

Using Gmail over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been impressed by the following:

  • The spam filter is much stronger and catches virtually all the spam forwarded on from btinternet
  • The automatic separation of social media related emails and retailer promotions from the main inbox makes it easier to see at a glance if there’s anything important
  • Emails related to the same conversation are kept together

I am not so impressed by Gmail’s use of ‘labels’ instead of ‘folders’. When I ‘label’ an email it remains visible with everything else in my Inbox – the BT folders completely separated such emails. Plus there appears to be no easy way of importing my BT folders into Gmail (unless anyone out there can help me?).

Conclusion? Overall, Gmail makes dealing with my Inbox easier so I’ll stick with it and keep forwarding from the old address until everyone’s been informed (and is using!) the new one.

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  1. #1 by angeliqueminiatures on November 25, 2016 - 4:52 pm

    I too am impressed with Gmail and came over to it from AOL…also deluged with spam, despite setting my filters.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on November 25, 2016 - 8:28 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one to get targeted by spam, Angelique. Gmail does seem to be widely used & there must be a good reason for that.

  2. #3 by kathmcgurl on November 25, 2016 - 8:42 pm

    You can use folders in Gmail as well- drag and drop the email onto the label on the left and it will remove from the Inbox and leave in the folder. Or tick it and select the Folder dropdown at the top rather than the label one.
    I don;t think there is a way of getting your existing mails and folders into Gmail. I could not do it from my old email account.
    But I love Gmail and would not go back!

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on November 26, 2016 - 9:25 am

      Thanks, Kath. This is very useful information.

  3. #5 by Voice on the Page on November 26, 2016 - 8:28 am

    I use gmail, and I love it. You should be able to make a label, and the move your emails into the label/folder by ticking and then choosing where to move it, or holding the email and sliding it across to the chosen label – then they are only visible in that label, not your inbox. Hope this helps 🙂

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on November 26, 2016 - 9:26 am

      Voice on the page – thanks for the advice. I can feel an inbox tidying up session coming on!

  4. #7 by Susan A Eames on November 27, 2016 - 10:30 am

    I was obliged to open a GMail account when I set up my blog. It’s okay, but I only use it for blog-related stuff. I stick to my Yahoo email accounts for everything else. I’ve been using Yahoo for years and I’m perfectly happy and comfortable with it. Spam goes straight into the spam box with the very occasional one that slips through the filters, so I’ve no complaints.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    • #8 by Sally Jenkins on November 27, 2016 - 7:44 pm

      I’ve never used Yahoo, Susan, but it’s worth knowing that it’s another service that catches the spam.

  5. #9 by juliathorley on November 29, 2016 - 11:31 am

    Yes, gmail works fine for me. I had a major meltdown yesterday when my taskbar disappeared and my start button wouldn’t work. An appeal of FaceBook revealed that one of my friends is an MS accredited engineer and he was able to sort me out. I love and hate IT in equal measure.

    • #10 by Sally Jenkins on November 29, 2016 - 1:09 pm

      Agreed, Julia – IT is fantastic when all is going well but when it’s not, it can feel like the world has ended!

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