The Email That Changed the World

If you’re old enough to have been alive before the Internet was commonplace, you would remember the time when email (once it became useful and popular) did nothing more than, well, send and receive emails. One company changed all that when it introduced something called Gmail nine years ago. It was so groundbreaking at that time and had ‘shocking features’  it was launched on April Fools Day. How did it revolutionize not just email but the idea of ‘being social’ online too?

Gmail History – A Look Back

It was the first email provider to give – for free – 1GB of storage for users. At a time when a 128 MB thumb drive made you extremely popular among your friends, this was nuts. For the casual Gmail user, this pretty much meant that there’s no need to delete emails ‘to make space’.

Two years later, it built upon its threaded conversation feature and gave us chat, making email not so much for business as for casual conversations and quick sharing of text-based information. Even when one has plenty of mailbox space, why waste it? For the chatty Filipino, Gmail’s chat was an early Valentine’s Day gift back in 2006.

Email was never a glamorous way to be social. Chat helped a lot, but what was really needed was a way to make long-distance conversation ‘face to face. The “2008” pages of the Gmail history books would be proud, as video made emailing much more social, and a heck of a lot more personal.

Gmail’s crowning glory in my opinion would be the introduction of a 10-way video chat feature last year, made possible by the most complete social experience provider, Google Plus. Group study, offsite conferences, and long-distance catch-up between relatives and OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) suddenly became readily and freely available.

Hey, don’t let me tell you how much I love using this email service. Let the Gmail history of technological and social innovation convince you.

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What do you love most about Gmail? Let me know in the comments!

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33 comments
michellebanayo
michellebanayo

Gmail seems to have everything.  My favorite is the Google Docs/Drive.
I also remember freaking out a friend because he was receiving messages from me through Gtalk when he started using Android lol, he had no clue at first.
Google hangout is also starting to be a better option now in doing webinars.  

MonitorScout
MonitorScout

Gmail’s spam detection & filtering is extremely accurate, that is why the email service has reached its current popularity levels.

EarlPablo
EarlPablo

For secured communication and reference I use Gmail. It has a dual protection for me. The Spam? They are less compared to others.

ronniedare
ronniedare

Bloggers/Online Marketer/Inbound Marketer can't fully work and live without using GMAIL. Love the functionality it can give.

Rogelio Olivar
Rogelio Olivar

Google one of the biggest company... My first email was ymail too but now I'm more comfortable with gmail more user friendly and faster than ymail..

diarynigracia1
diarynigracia1

this is something we all can't ignore, the fast approach in technology development. it did made things more comfortable. . .everyone now a days, been using gmail.

iamkimnieves
iamkimnieves

I love using gmail. it's as simple as using google search! :)

JoeyMj
JoeyMj

this could either be an advantage or disadvantage:  no one can track your IP when you use Gmail.  It always directs you to its main IP location in California.  I was once a victim of cyber bullying (http://jmjfamily6.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-to-stop-cyber-bullying.html) and it was a good thing my tormentor wasn't using Gmail so I was able to track her in no time.

Ed_Zafra
Ed_Zafra

I have used Gmail since the start of its service and I love every innovations it introduced along the way.

rochkirstin santos
rochkirstin santos

That's a trivia -- I didn't know that Gmail was launched in an April Fools Day. :) What I don't like about it is that unlike Yahoo! Mail, it has limited capacity for messages so if you're a great user of email services then you would probably need to always delete messages and/or just open another gmail account to receive the new messages.

Reynaldo Mata
Reynaldo Mata

My first email was Yahoo. Then I found and liked Gmail. But then I discovered and fell in love with Hotmail (now Outlook). :)

archiedelara1
archiedelara1

My Gmail account is one of the firsts from the invites before.

I find it very useful.

heyimALGENE
heyimALGENE

I love Gmail because of its user-friendly interface. I used to own a Yahoo! mail but when I discovered the great things / features of gmail, I started creating new accounts. :)

nursewanderer
nursewanderer

Gmail is so convenient especially when you're using it at work. 

domspantaleon
domspantaleon

One word. Simplicity.

Simplicity in the UI and Simplicity in setting up my own domain name. 


brettstaylor
brettstaylor

I love having 107,225 emails in my inbox and no worries about deleting to make space.

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@michellebanayo Oh yeah, Docs is amazing for file sharing. I've organized and coordinated a two-city social event just a few weeks ago via Docs; I love the real-time updating of the files when someone's editing! Really cool to see changes happening instantly. 

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@MonitorScout On top of the simple, speedy, and worry-free interface of the service! Thanks for dropping by :)

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@EarlPablo Much less indeed! I suppose the sheer volume of knowledge Google has on what constitute spam makes the detectors a bit more intelligent when identifying what to block from your Gmail account.

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@ronniedare As well as the conversations/chat feature! I've had a lot of good discussions over it and of course, Google Hangout. Thanks for dropping by, buddy.

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@diarynigracia1 Still not a 100% market ownership though :) Outlook (and to a certain extent, Y-mail) are still very strong contenders.

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@iamkimnieves The usual feature of Google products is the sheer simplicity! :)

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@JoeyMj Even if that was so, anything is possible given time and effort. I'm not going to say this with complete assurance but if a criminal was using a Google product for evil, perhaps the tech company will even help the victim out. I hope so :)

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@Ed_Zafra Wow that's awesome! Loyal Gmail and Google user :) Thanks for the comment and for dropping by, sir.

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@rochkirstin santos Well it was! :) Nifty little strategy, ey? Yup, I've got a ton of emails with attachments and I can always get them when needed. In fact, I've drafted many a blog post on my Gmail as well! :)

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@Reynaldo Mata I've been on Live and Gmail for a while. Live's (Outlook) layout used to be boring as hell but incorporating the Metro look really gave it a breath of new life, in my opinion. Mine's black; what's your Outlook color scheme?

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@heyimALGENE Like a LOT of people, Yahoo mail was my first email too. Then I moved to Gmail for the same reasons as you :) Thanks for dropping by!

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@kairix770 I agree. I wish we (where I work) would shift to a Gmail-based service so I won't have to clear my inbox, sent items, and deleted items on a weekly basis! Thanks for dropping by :)

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@domspantaleon Everything about it is simple; from sending emails to searching through thousands of archived messages. Of course we know this - we email each other with Gmail! :)

jsncruz
jsncruz moderator

@brettstaylor I hear a round of agreement for that statement, buddy. Thanks for that insight I wholly agree with!

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