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GMail is for real

According to Reuters (and many other sources), GMail really isn’t an April Fools Joke. This year’s joke was the jobs on the moon prank, whereas GMail is a legitimate service that is soon to launch.

It does sound interesting, although I have to admit I was one of those who thought it was a joke, mostly because it was like no other email system I’ve heard of and the press release seemed somewhat suspect. So, seeing as it is legitimate, what do I think?

While I probably won’t use it myself (I already have, theoretically, 1GB of email storage), something like this is a very bold step for Google and could set an interesting precedent. It will certainly turn the heat up on Google’s rivals and re-invigorate the webmail market.

But next time I hope they don’t announce something like this on April Fool’s Day.


  1. On the other hand, by launching it on April 1 it generated far more press coverage due to all those wondering whether or not it was an April Fool’s joke…

  2. The spam filtering it comes with does sound good, but it’s going to struggle to beat Spamassassin and Thunderbird’s spam filter. With broadband connection, I can leave Thunderbird connected to the imap server and therefore have emails filtered even whilst I’m out on webmail.
    And does anybody really need 1Gig of email on a personal account? To be fair though, I could in theory change the order of redirections I have and get everything directed through smtp to one of my servers. Result: ~20Gigs space for emails – Nice!

  3. Gmail

    I just found out, via Neil, that Google is launching a mail service titled Gmail. It was originally thought to be an April Fool’s joke since it was…