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id-GMail: an Accidental Community

ac·ci·den·tal (āk’sĭ-děn’tl)
-adjective: happening by chance or accident; not planned; unexpected

when PakErte started id-gmail@googlegroups.com mailing list three years ago, the reason was clear and simple: to have a place to discuss GMail and all its features (especially interesting was the fact that it gives users 1 GB of space to store e-mails, which is unheard of at the time). it was also meant to be the central point to organize the distribution of GMail invitations to fellow Indonesians.

First post

started with the above message, over the next several months the id-GMail mailing list evolved into something nobody expected. GMail discussions in the list started dwindling down because there weren’t really too many to talk about. everyone have gotten their invitations, some who just came in got invited quickly and easily because there are many now who can send out invitations. so, people started to talk about… well, absolutely nothing in particular and off-topic threads become the norms. strangely enough, instead of killing the community, this situation energized the list to become even larger.

in a relatively short amount of time, the community grows larger, off-line gatherings took place and members started to get to know each other closer. and naturally, when people started to get off the virtual world and begin to know each other in real life, friendships were made, and the bond becomes stronger.

a website was then created to aggregate blog articles from members (some of the core members are avid bloggers). in the mean time, the mailing list itself is still always busy with posts, and hit the peak at more than 30 thousand posts in a month(!) during November 2005. it goes down after that and have never been close to that, but still even the lowest post counts in a month after that were around 14,000 posts. it’s quite an impressive number considering it’s maintained over the course of almost two years.

time goes on, members come and go, but most stick around and keep the list alive. over the years, unique traditions started and events were planned and carried on. starting from weekday Yahoo chats started at 4pm(‘arisan’), off-line meets (‘kopdar’) in the evenings or over the weekends which eventually becomes members’ vacation trips to several places. specific jargons were coined, and inside jokes were made. all in the name of fun.

it’s been three years, and id-GMail has evolved into a great community with great people who are good friends with each other. it’s truly an honor to be part of this great community, especially since everything happened accidentally 😀

Happy Third Birthday id-GMail!!

June 12, 2007 - Posted by | id-GMail

53 Comments »

  1. pertamax gag yah?

    Comment by dedenf | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. keduax

    Comment by Bi[G] | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. saya kira ini yang ketiga.

    selamaaat!

    Comment by dodi | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  4. MAKAN-MAKAN™!!!!!

    Comment by aRdho | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  5. Congrat!!!
    Food-Food™!!!

    Comment by silent | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  6. And I just jump in to this mailing list and can’t unsubscribe until now

    Thanks god…

    Comment by andriansah | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  7. well said!

    heavy birdday id-GMail!

    Comment by lzp | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  8. happy (number) elephant!

    Comment by endhoot | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  9. selamat ulang tahun
    makan-makan!!

    Comment by idban | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  10. selamat hari burung berat

    Comment by rendy | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  11. Waaaa id-gmail ultah! Waaa selamat!!

    Comment by rara | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  12. HEAVY BIRD DAY !!!

    Comment by achmadi | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  13. heavy birdday!!
    eh gak mungkin
    kok deden bisa komen pertamax?
    itu ucapan buat ultah kedua id-gmail ya?

    *siap2 terima sms kolok-kolok*

    Comment by arjuna | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  14. Heavy Bird Day!

    Oh, and in addition to arisan, kopdar, and live junks, we now have old-school scramble!

    Comment by henny | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  15. Unfortunately, as one of the founders of this accidental community, you’re the one among those who never have an opportunity to meet us in real life.

    Kapan balik, om Cronos? 🙂

    Comment by Vinley | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  16. SELAMAT MAKAN MAKAN!

    Comment by indra | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  17. yess..ke-17tahun.com, hihih… 😉

    Comment by M Fahmi Aulia | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  18. risiyanto budi itu siapa?

    Comment by Azil | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  19. Semoga Panjang … Semoga Panjang … Semoga Panjang … Semoga Panjang … Semoga Panjang … Semoga Panjang …

    by Sersan.Ndang

    Comment by Dian | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  20. NONGGENG!

    Comment by enda | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  21. kapan?

    Comment by basibanget | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  22. Happy bedey!!

    Comment by calupict | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  23. ooh… ternyata begitu *manggut2*

    Comment by tony | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  24. Heavy Bird Day!!!!

    Comment by surur | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  25. jadi oom cronos merasa terhormat menjadi teman saya?
    hihihi

    slamat ualng tahun kampung gajah!

    Comment by dian ina | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  26. halo Om Nonos! makan-makan ultahnya kapan ya?

    Comment by Mira | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  27. ya ya ya
    makan-makan!
    bakar-bakar!

    elephant goes three

    Comment by awan | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  28. MINUM-MINUM (te em)

    ^_^

    Comment by abe | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  29. Wah, tiga tahun! Udah gede, udah siap-siap masuk TK. 😀

    Comment by Joan | June 13, 2007 | Reply

  30. “aris”..?

    *baru tau*

    Comment by mBu | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  31. Wah, tulisan ini bagus sekali.
    *terharu*
    *speachless*
    vote cronos jadi pejabat id-gmail!
    (eh sudah ya?)

    Comment by risiyanto | June 14, 2007 | Reply

  32. *spid riding*

    accident, sapa yg kecelakaan?

    *ngaleos*

    Comment by Tk Kiridit | June 15, 2007 | Reply

  33. *terakhir*
    😀 Hai Om Nonoz!

    Comment by golda | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  34. saya belum komen di trit ini.. eh ini bukan di milis ya? 😀

    Comment by benny | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  35. 35 comments, n still no Makan-Makan..!!™

    Comment by [BY]onicS | July 8, 2007 | Reply

  36. SELAMAT ‘BANG EMIL’

    Comment by adhi nugraha | July 13, 2007 | Reply

  37. Gmkq4m hi great site thx http://peace.com

    Comment by bob | January 15, 2008 | Reply

  38. happy birthday

    Comment by tuscon | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  39. happy birthday 🙂

    Comment by Schools | April 26, 2008 | Reply

  40. good read

    Comment by Celebrity | June 12, 2008 | Reply

  41. […] Dan yang terjadi selanjutnya dituliskan dengan sangat bagus oleh Cronos: an accidental community […]

    Pingback by id-GMail sudah berusia 4 tahun! « Pakerte’s Weblog | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  42. MABU-MABUAN!!!

    Comment by vnuz | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  43. SELAMAT SELAMAT.

    Comment by ekaditya | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  44. tanya: kira2 plurking bisa jadi “tradisi” ga?

    Comment by henny | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  45. makan makan woy

    Comment by joko supriyanto | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  46. Bakar-bakar™

    Comment by surur | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  47. HOREEEEEE.. SELAMAT ULANG TAHUN!.. MAKAN-MAKAN™

    Comment by langimalam | June 13, 2008 | Reply

  48. HORE! HORE!

    Comment by Black_Claw | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  49. […] sama ikut-ikutan Om Nonos saja […]

    Pingback by Peduli amat basbang ah, Selamat Ulang Tahun! « Black_Claw was NOT here! Believe me! | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  50. ripley :p

    Comment by acha | June 14, 2008 | Reply

  51. sites so good the ip drops a beat

    Comment by legal | June 18, 2008 | Reply

  52. now, my gmail account size is 4.7GB.. it is more than 4 years now. I’m very happy with it.

    Comment by vintage | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  53. Im glad to be a part of that community…

    Comment by vincent | October 16, 2008 | Reply


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