Stats Say: Sticking With Gmail!

I decided that yesterday would be the last day of comparing how the three email services filter email. Dealing with one dose of spam is bad enough, but I’m stuffed counting three doses of it! More important, there’s little point for me, personally. Yahoo still catches far too little spam for me to consider going with it. SpamCop remains competitive with Gmail. However, with Gmail, I get the added advantage of a huge web-based archive of my mail. Going forward, I’m just going to focus on things I’d like to see changed in Gmail to make it better. But how about a last look at those stats?

For more on what the first group of figures below mean, see this page. This page explains the second group. These are for January 20, 11:30am UK time through January 22, 11:00am UK time.

Service

Yahoo

Gmail

SpamCop

Inbox

443

226

263

Spam

167

399

364

False Match

13

3

0

Total Mail

623

625

627

% Spam Caught

27%

64%

58%

% False Match

8%

1%

0%

Spam

180

402

364

Inbox

226

MailWasher Spam

47

Real Mail

179

% Spam In Inbox

21%

Overall, a great day for Gmail. I started whitelisting items yesterday, but that really didn’t do anything to the false match rate, which was already low to begin with.

Yahoo’s had the biggest false match rate. Whitelisting that I started yesterday there did help ensure that several newsletters normally nabbed as spam got through OK.