A simple, yet highly effective communication tool that has forever changed the World. It is just the beginning in the evolution of online communication.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
What role will private communications (via GMail) play in further establishing dominance in the overall social networking? Probably a lot. The union between blogging and email is already a fuzzy line. Blogger and Gmail have some associations such as publishing via email and email alerts, however the integration is certainly in its infancy. As GMail tools and plugins continue to evolve, we can imagine that the messaging industry at large might be threatened. Of immediate concern are those provisioning towards the consumer experience such as Yahoo, Hotmail, and nationwide ISPs; and in the future could be email service providers and applications such as: Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Laszlo Systems, Everyone.net, Mail2World, BlueTie, Outblaze, etc.)
In 2004 Google unveiled GMail and forever changed the email industry. Google touted 1GB (now 2GB) of free email storage with a novel, yet elegantly simple interface. What they offer, no other free email provider can profitably match. And yet the pressure to match the same level of service is compounding costs for the ISP industry. How can Google offer such services without charge? Are they just burning excess cash from their high value market capitalization or do they have a master plan?
This GMails blog is an open forum to discuss the GMail offering, related tools & services, contextual ad serving, privacy, and the impacts towards collaboration and communications. Additionally we'll discuss how Google will leverage GMail into their repertoire of products and services; considering the strategic impact to competitors in multiple industries.