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Gmail Made Me Go To Bed Earlier Last Night

Aug 24, 2010

My week-long experiment with Gmail continues with my first big bump happening last night at around 9pm.  After sending a lot of emails (apparently 500) I received an error message “You have reached a limit for sending mail“.  I tried again.  This perplexed me.  So I clicked on the link.

I read through it and couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong.  I tweeted about it and immediately heard back that Gmail had throttled me for up to the next 24 hours because I’d been sending too many emails.  I poked around a little to try to figure out if there was a way around this and finally concluded that the solution was to go to sleep and try again in the morning.

When I woke up, email was magically sending again.  I guess I got turned back on in less than 24 hours.  We’ll see what happens today.

Of course, one solution is to use SendGrid.  I’ve just gone and signed up for an account in case I get rate limited again.

In the mean time, Gmail feels slow this morning.  I’m getting used to my new friend, the yellow “Working” link at the top middle of the window.