Google Gmail is no joke after all...
Very sweet indeed. I'd be interested in knowing how they are going to pull this off and still make it economically feasible.
What makes you guys think making money is the main aim?
"""What makes you guys think making money is the main aim?"""
Yea, but you can make a lot more money after you've bankrupted the competitiors :)
Remember google is one of the few (the only?) sites that make money off targetted advertising.
Also remember that email is still mainly text which is very compressible so Google may be giving you a gig of data but the storage needed even if you fully filled that gig will be from 100megs (best) to 1gig (worst) per user. Overall I would expect that there would be no problem with having 10-100 users per physical gig of hard drive space, with smart software managing the overlapping of drives.
They compress it even more when they detect several people have a copy of the same message. Save the actual message once, then everyone else gets a pointer to it.
What's not clear to me from reading the site is how these ads are integrated. Are they appended to the bottom of every outgoing message like Yahoo/Hotmail, or do your messages go out normally but you see related ads when you are reading your messages?
--"Also remember that email is still mainly text"---
The screenshots seem to show that the ads are in the email client, not appended to the messages. That's a big advantage to me, probably even more than the gig of storage.
They might offer a gig of email storage, but they are probably banking on the expectation that 99% of users won't use as much as 10% of that. After all, my ISP offers 10MB but I haven't even used half that space.
All that space is nice, but have they offered an indication of maximum size for each email? My ISP cuts off at 4 megs, and that's more annoying for me than anything.
But they are not the first! The business logic of the whole jing-bang may be experienced first hand at the Mac Users joint, Spymac.com
Maybe I'm wrong to worry about this. But let's say some spammer sends you mail which gets through the gmail filters and as a result you get an ad for some website which he just happens to own...
O Canader and Snotnose make very good points regarding the compressibility of text emails, which is something that seemed obvious to me but I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere.
Those "virus" attchments will, I wager 3 to 1, be with attached with at least a million emails, if not more. So Big G will have to store just one copy and the remaining 999,999 as dword-pointers, which adds only a 4 MB overhead.
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