Google’s GMail is for real

In: Neat Stuff

2 Apr 2004

If you haven’t yet heard of it, Google’s upcoming e-mail service, Gmail, has been under contention for one of the biggest April Fool’s jokes ever. People all over have either first believed it (reservedly) and then laughed it off when they saw the press release on April 1st (like good old Simon Willison, or were thoroughly suspicious and wary of being conned yet again (like me).

The verdict? Yes, Gmail is for real. The Straits Times (local print newspaper) even published an AP article on Gmail today.

I won’t inundate you with the details on what Gmail offers, but it is interesting to note that e-mails will come with targeted ads a la Adsense. Google says “no humans read your email to target the ads”.

12 Responses to Google’s GMail is for real

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Jonathan Dobres

April 2nd, 2004 at 12pm

If GMail handles e-mail the way Google handles searches, I’ll sign up. All Hail Google!

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Rob

April 2nd, 2004 at 10pm

There is a spooky underbelly to this Gmail. Wired has an interesting story on it. Here is an excerpt:

Google’s plan to offer free Web-based e-mail has raised worries among privacy advocates that the service could make it easier for law enforcement to conduct surveillance of its users.

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Luke

April 3rd, 2004 at 10am

I thought it was a hoax. I still have trouble getting the economics of funding a gig straight (though advertising is notoriously profitable, so I hear). Glad to find this out though…

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digital guy

April 4th, 2004 at 4pm

ha!
i think gmail servive works ny invite system like orkut–means u cant sign up… so has any1 tries the gmail?
can u invite?

jus waana check it out!
thanx.
digitallydigital@yahoo.com
digital guy

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Chrispian

April 5th, 2004 at 10am

I personally thing this was a stroke of marketing genius. How clever is it to release a product so far out of the norm, and do it on april fools so that every geek on earth tells everyone else. Brillian. Kudos to the marketing folks at ‘G’. I am in awe.

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John Carver

April 11th, 2004 at 9pm

Hello,

Let me introduce ourselves. We are the operators of http://www.gmails.co.uk . On the site you will see a brand new Google Gmail question and answer forum which we intend to build on with membership in the future. We wish to build a team of experts at a forum for this exciting new product.

Regards,
John Carver
http://www.gmails.co.uk

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Fernando

May 2nd, 2004 at 3pm

would anyone please invite me???

i would like to test it out also

please, pretty please??

fernando_vargas@myrealbox.com
fjv

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John Carver

May 13th, 2004 at 1am

Hello,

Let me introduce ourselves. We are the operators of http://www.googlegmails.com . On the site you will see a brand new GoogleGmail question and answer forum which we intend to build on with membership in the future. We wish to build a team of experts at a forum for this exciting new product.

Regards,
John Carver
http://www.googlegmails.com

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KIRMANI

May 24th, 2004 at 2pm

How would I have Gmail membership?

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Ann O'Connor

June 1st, 2004 at 10am

I don’t have a web page, but I am too interested in your gmail. Please sign me up.

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Karanbir Singh - Thinkability

April 6th, 2004 at 2am

GMail Screenshots : What is it really going to look like
Found some screen shots of GMail online, they have been there for a few days – But I thought I would just hang back and make sure these were real. Some here from fury.com and from the horses mouth. Another one here.

I am not really sure if I am excit…

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Krishnan

August 3rd, 2006 at 2pm

I want to sign up in your gmail.com What should I do?