Either way, if you use Chrome to access your Gmail account, you’ll appreciate this: The You’ve Got Gmail extension adds that familiar catchphrase to your inbox.
This isn’t just about nostalgia, though there is certainly that aspect to it: the sound clip is exactly the same as what AOL plays (which makes me think there might be a copyright violation at work here, meaning AOL or Google might take it down at some point).
No, You’ve Got Gmail also serves a practical purpose: to notify you audibly when new mail arrives.
Indeed, one thing Gmail isn’t great at is letting you know when, well, you’ve got mail. But with this you’ll definitely know when a new message arrives.
If the notifications get to be too frequent (that is, if you get a lot of mail), you can always click the You’ve Got Mail icon (which displays a numeric tally of your unread messages) and then click the Mute button.
As an AOL expat and onetime fan of the service, I must admit I’m getting a kick out of You’ve Got Mail. It lets me know when there’s something new in my inbox and lets me stroll down memory lane.