In 2004, Google’s new email service, Gmail, was launched. And at that time, Gmail was so powerful, so useful, that people thought such a service could not be real.
Gmail’s features were then unbelievably published
one gigabyte of storage, 100 times higher than other services. And Gmail will also be searchable! Like Google!
That power is nothing significant at the moment. But in 2004, Hotmail and Yahoo offered storage of one or two megabytes, just enough to store a few links.
Meanwhile, Gmail provides a storage capacity equivalent to 50,000 emails. Something that seems impossible.
Incidentally, Google announced a limited trial version of Gmail on April 1, 2004.
The story of Gmail stems from a user complaint about existing email platforms at the time. Charges that led to the creation of an email platform that dominates the world today.
“The user is a woman. She always takes the effort to send mail or try to find them again, ” said Google co-founder Larry Page. “And then she was forced to delete emails to keep the four-megabyte limit frantically. So she asked, ‘Can anyone fix this?’ ”
Many people ask: Is this a joke?
Mike Musgrove of Washington Post then talked to experts who always wondered about Google’s curious launch date, making Google unique in a sea of other search engines.
“Yahoo has lost its leading position in search when it becomes a portal, ” said Nate Elliott, Internet advertising analyst at Jupiter Research at the time, speaking to the Washington Post. “Google has almost built a reputation for its search engine interface, which is a clean, white, no-hassle site.”
Elliott added: “I still can’t believe it’s not a joke.”
Musgrove recalled that a lot of April Fools’ stories were posted that day, such as the news that Google would open an office on the moon.
When launched, Gmail described its advertising platform as a kind of coupon at grocery stores based on buyers’ needs. It sounds harmless, but Google catches that “demand” by flagging keywords in messages and giving that data to third parties. That raises questions about where the information is stored, who has access and the level of security of the data.
“It’s a backdoor to read your email content, without seeing the email,” said Kevin Bankston, a consumer rights lawyer.
So, just a few months after Mark Zuckerberg launched a website called Facebook, another technology giant, and Google became a pioneer in how Silicon Valley drained users’ data.