sending emails and seeing if recipient opened

gmail settings do not open images

Could I test an email to myself to see if I opened email

Does any service promise reporting on accounts that have gmail settings do not open images (and gmail user did not click on open images)

Could this be done using php or mailchimp or constant contact or another service?
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rgb192Asked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
No.  If the recipient does not allow the image to be loaded, there is no way you can force them to.  That's the major flaw in all the services that 'track' email opens, there is no way to force the recipient to open or allow a remote image that is used for tracking.
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Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
There are several mechanisms allowing a recipient to signal he read the mail, but nothing automatically and unavoidable.
Outlook offers a read receipt, for example, but you see a read receipt is wanted and you can decide to give it or not. The same principle also exists for Gmail and again the receiver needs to accept that request.

Several services promise email tracking features, most of them work with tracking pixels in HTML mail, nothing more or less than images, they ARE images, 1x1 pixel images, which clients can turn off just like any image.

The only obvious return value you may get is a mailer demon telling you a mail can't be delivered, but nothing about the read status.

Bye, Olaf.
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masnrockCommented:
In addition to Olaf's answer, you could request delivery receipts, but falls into the same issues. At best with that, you would know a message got delivered, not whether it got read.
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rgb192Author Commented:
Thank you for teaching me about mail images
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