Gmail provides us 7+ GB space for the messages. When I first found out that my Gmail free space quota was being exceeded, I went for some Gsearch and found that the Google storage for a user gets shared across Gmail, Picasa and Docs and I thought this Gstorage is nothing but the same 7+ GB space and deleted some pics from my Picasa which were part of my blog on blogspot (pics uploded to blog gets stored in picasa). But I was wrong. Google provides 7 GB only for the messages and attachments. And then the additional space for other services.
In Google's words:
Free storage space is specific to each product. Free storage from one product cannot be used by or transferred to another product.
- Gmail provides 7+ GB (and counting) for Gmail messages.
- Docs provides 1 GB for your uploaded files (documents created in Google Docs and converted files don't count towards your storage, but do have some size limitations).
- Picasa Web provides 1 GB for photos and videos. Files under certain sizes don't count towards this limit.
- Google+ provides unlimited storage for photos, which are automatically resized to 2048 pixels. Videos up to 15 minutes in length are also free.
More details can be found here: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=39567
Efficiently managing your free Gmail storage is very simple and is very well described here:
Some most useful ways to delete the messages which consume the extra space: but be sure to recheck before deleting such messages -
To find messages that are larger in size due to attachments, try using advanced search operators such as has:attachment or filename:mov or you always know who are the culprit best friends sending 'those' pictures and clips, find "from:them" and delete. Hope you don't cry when you loose that much of the entertaining and emotional content from such good friends, and if it's that important download it and be sure to forward it to me if it's 'very' interesting ;).
Happy friendship day to all such friends who never think of my free Gmail storage quota and forward 'those' interesting emails to me just to make me smile. My Inbox and Life is full because of friends like you. Thanks for making feel important.