Gmail celebrates its 5th birthday

By Justin Mann on April 2, 2009, 1:03 PM
Gmail is without a doubt one of the most popular and most well-known services on the Internet. Starting as an invitation-only private service with less than 2GB of storage space and limited integration, it has ballooned into ten times that and more. With its millions of users, tight integration with other services and vast improvements in reliability, the free web-based email service is definitely a shining of example of what Google can do right. And it's been doing that for some time now, with Gmail officially turning five years old as of yesterday.

Despite this, Gmail still carries the “beta” tag it did on day one. Most Google services do, for one reason or another, but nobody seems to pay attention to that anymore. From Gmail's simplicity in basic functionality to its richness in advanced functionality, it has been a very successful tool for them, and has certainly given a lot to people who rely on web-based services. You can easily draw a parallel between Google offering Gmail and other services (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc) quickly expanding their own set of tools, ranging all the way from Inbox storage size to spam filtering. Will Gmail still be around in five years? That will most likely be the case, though I wonder what sort of changes we can expect from the service in that period.

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czplayer said:
Google is starting to become the new Micro$oft.
PanicX said:
Interesting statement. Could you elaborate on it?
windmill007 said:
I love my Gmail! Best spam filter around. If you don't have gmail you have garbage in your inbox ;)
tedster said:
Gmail is a great service. dumped my yahoo premium - especially after they started backing Ocommie openly.
viperpfl said:
I would say that Gmail is the best out of Yahoo mail and Hotmail. I hardly get any spam messages in my Gmail box, maybe 1 or 2 every couple of months. I don't even use my current Roadrunner email since that is a waste.
viperpfl said:
[b]Originally posted by tedster:[/b][quote]Gmail is a great service. dumped my yahoo premium - especially after they started backing Ocommie openly.[/quote]Not to get off topic but Google backs Ocommie as well.
czplayer said:
Google is becoming huge and powerful like Micro$oft.
9Nails said:
Maybe they mean betta, like when Jackie Chan says, "I can do anyting you can, but betta!"I've been happy with their free service. Seems like you can get something for nothing.
Julio said:
Hands down the best webmail service around IMHO.
T0a5t3d said:
I still remember the days when Hotmail charged $60/year for 100MB email storage! If it wasn't for Gmail, I don't think Hotmail would ever have increased their base 25MB.
DarkCobra said:
GMail is the best webmail around. Yahoo and Hotmail have too much spam. Yahoo acts very erratically at times. Happy Birthday G-Man!
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