Are Hotmail and Yahoo! Blocking Gmail Invites?

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Joel Johnson created a buzz by reporting that some Gmail invites and emails aren’t getting through to Hotmail users. Several reports also claim the emails aren’t getting through Yahoo! Mail filters.

Have you noticed any problems sending Gmail invites? Share your experiences at WebProWorld.

Paul Thurrett of WinnetMag reports Hotmail, which is owned by Microsoft, plans to increase its email storage to compete with the 1 Gigabite of space Google offers through its new Gmail service.

"Hotmail [may] be blocking the Gmail invitations," Johnson, editor of Gizmodo, announced after a Gmail invite he’d attempted to send to a Hotmail account bounced.

Alex Nobert, a reader of Johnson’s blog, also reported similar problems sending invites to Hotmail from Orkut, Google’s online community. "Orkut responded that they had to work out an arrangement with Hotmail," Nobert said. "About a month later several old invites arrived at Hotmail addresses. I suspect it has to do with an unknown source domain generating too many emails to Hotmail accounts in a short span and being picked up by Hotmail spam filters."

They aren’t the only ones reporting problems. WebmasterWorld member Robert Skelton reported his ISP is blocking Gmail emails “due to potential privacy and confidentiallity considerations.”

Google has been widely criticized for scanning emails, which draws up privacy concerns although users agree to Gmail’s terms and conditions when signing up for the free service. "We collect limited account information and store and maintain your account and email messages on our secure servers," Google admits, but maintains that all collected information will not be shared or sold without user permission.

“The biggest threat to the privacy of the person’s reply is the person they send it to – not the provider,” Skelton says in this WebmasterWorld thread.

Several reports have also accused Google’s leading competitor Yahoo! of sending Gmail invites straight to the spam filter.

“It’s a well known issue with Yahoo! mail that Gmail invitations are being delivered straight into that bulk folder,” claims one WebHostingTalk member.

"Since a competing free email service can potentially cut into Yahoo’s business, they’ve set up filters to make it more difficult for Gmail invitations to get to their users (or at least, that’s the way it appears)," writes Greg at the Talent Show. “As far as Yahoo is concerned, Gmail invites are spam.”

Greg reported that Yahoo!, which recently increased its email storage to 100MB to compete with Google, automatically filters any email from a Gmail address that contains the body of a Gmail invite. If you have accounts with Yahoo! and Gmail or know someone who does, you can test this theory yourself by copying and pasting the following into an email body:

[blank] has invited you to open a free Google Gmail account. The invitation will expire in three weeks and can only be used to set up one account.

To accept this invitation and register for your account, visit http://gmail.google.com/gmail/

Once you create your account, [blank] will be notified with your new @gmail.com address so you can stay in touch with Gmail!

If you haven’t already heard about Gmail, it’s a new search-based webmail service that offers:

- 1,000 megabytes (one gigabyte) of free storage
- Built-in Google search that instantly finds any message you want
– Automatic arrangement of messages and related replies into "conversations"
– Text ads and related pages that are relevant to the content of your messages

Gmail is still in an early stage of development. If you set up an account, you’ll be able to keep it even after we make Gmail more widely available and as one of the system’s early testers, you will be helping us improve the service through your feedback. We might ask for your comments and suggestions periodically and we appreciate your help in making Gmail even better.


The Gmail Team

To learn more about Gmail before registering, visit: http://gmail.google.com/gmail/help/benefits.html

(If clicking the URLs in this message does not work, copy and paste them into the address bar of your browser).

Send the email from your Gmail account to any Yahoo! account, then wait and see what happens. (Thanks to the Talent Show for this idea.)

WebProNews tested this theory and both Gmail invites and emails from Gmail accounts containing the body of Gmail invites were automatically filtered to Yahoo! Mail’s "bulk mail" folder.

While privacy concerns may be getting Gmail blocked by some ISPs, Johnson personally doesn’t believe Hotmail is blocking Gmail invites, although he says, "If Hotmail is blocking Gmail invites, they aren’t doing it on a widespread basis."

WebProNews tested these reports by sending Gmail invites to a Hotmail account, and the invites were successfully received – although Gmail emails to some ISPs were caught by spam filters.

Could it be that Hotmail is blocking emails from Google or is it just a problem with spam filters?

Tell us what you think at WebProWorld, the WebProNews e-Business forum.

Brittany Thompson is an administrator for WebProWorld.com and contributes to the Insider Reports with her regular articles and interviews.

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  • http://www.trainingtrousers.co.uk Sarah

    Yes I am having problems and have had for about 3 weeks. I cant send ANY email to anyone with a Yahoo email address. Hotmail bounces them back without fail!

    What is going on?


  • Guest

    I use gmail to verify forum members and forward my mail to aol and all gmail to hotmail bounces and no trace at the hotmail end

  • John

    About a month ago, when I try to respond to emails I get from friends who have a hotmail account (I have a Yahoo email address) — the mails bounce back as undeliverable — ‘your message contains spam-like characters’.

    Hotmail users can send ME emails and I get them fine so it is quite apparent the problem is on the HOTMAIL/MSN side.

    It’s gotten so bad that some of my friends have switched to Yahoo — and the ones that have tell me they actually like Yahoo better because the Promotional ads are much less invasive than those on Hotmail.

    This is a VERY annoying issue!!!

  • Guest

     I have standard answers to FAQs stored as email signatures in Macmail.  when someone from yahoo sends me a message, and I respond with the sig file full of details, yahoo,com accounts only see the first line of text or a blank message!  they write back and say they got a blank e-mail, but all I sent them is visible on my side in their response!  Could yahoo and att dsl possibly be more of a pain in the ass with email?

  • Guest

    Hello to all out there!


    Does anyone know how to send an email to all yahoo,hotmail,gmail etc to all users out there?i mean all, the whole world? Would really appreciate for those who are able to spend sometime to answer me.Thank you..




  • hanh tran

    i wan to create the gmail group, but i seach all web, i untill can’t it, so you can tell me how to create it and where can i find ii on web?

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