post #61 of 92
9/19/04 at 12:16am
Originally Posted by wbeck
wow, that alot of space! how in the world can they (is it google?) offer that much?
Originally Posted by LeFisch050
Gmail is from Google, and it is set up a little bit differently from most mail servers. For starters, there's no folders - just really good Google searching. And filters. Set up using really good Google searching. Then, when you read an e-mail, you get the whole thread instantly - which can help in "backreading."
Also, as has been mentioned, you get 1 GB of storage.
To fund all this, they have a bot that scans all e-mail coming in or out, and they target advertising to you based on keywords found in your e-mail. So, the advertising you get should be more relevant to you than generic advertising is (You shouldn't get offers for dates with 20-year old single women if you are a 50 year old married man, for instance. Unless you're into that kind of thing... ).
Some privacy people (that are either technically and mathematically illiterate, stupid, or both) are "highly concerned" about the scanning technology. "Sombody could be reading my e-mail! *gasp!*"
Well, duh! Someone could be reading your e-mail ANYTIME, ANYDAY, WITH ANY SERVICE! With ANY free account, your e-mail resides on THEIR servers - so they CAN (if they want) read your e-mail. ALL e-mail that crosses the Internet passes through routing gateways. ANYONE with access (if they WANTED to) could sit at that router and read ALL the e-mail going through. DUH!
Now, let's look at the math. Millions upon millions upon millions (if not billions) of e-mails flow around every day. Millions of e-mail go through yahoo, hotmail, and, yes, gmail every day. WHO'S GOING TO READ ALL OF THEM???
I'm in IT. I administer servers. I can tell you, no one is interested in reading your e-mail. Believe me, I'm not interested in what you do to your sheep at night... And, there's WAY too many e-mails to read, anyway. Maybe if you are "George W. Bush, President of the United States," someone might try to read your e-mail. But, if you're him, you're not using gmail anyway...
So, my personal feeling is that the "privacy" advocates should shut up, chill out, and get a reality check (at least as far as gmail is concerned).
Now, I am going to take my own advice and go ... chill out.
Sorry about any typos...