2004 doesn’t seem that long ago, but in reality, it’s a long time since Google started to send out Beta invitations to blogger users, then allowing them to invite their friends. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I could sell my gmail invitations for $20 a time on ebay, but at the end of the day, time has flown by, and now it’s 2008, and gmail is very much public.
Unless you live in the UK or Germany, anyone can can sign up for an @gmail.com address, and every so often, I’ll get an email from a British friend still emailing from hotmail.co.uk or yahoo.com asking me to set up a gmail account for them, rather than the domestic googlemail.com address they are offered at home.
Gmail revolutionized email. Although I have had my (primary) gmail account since the early days, I stopped using my own domain and redirected all my emails to gmail 800 days ago. Every day since then, I have received daily currency updates from xe.com.
The internet changed the world. This week my Grandmother emailed me a YouTube video. For her, it was a pure miracle. She watched a video, no need for a VCR, on her computer, clicked a button, and it ‘flew’ from her apartment on the South Coast of England, to my screen right here in Israel.
Two years ago, I could not have imagined needing the 1gb of storage that Google sent my way. Would I have though that Gchat would come along and allow me to chat with my AIM contacts? What about the gmail app for my Nokia?
Now I have more than double that saved in my account, and have another 4gb to go before I hit my max.
The internet is a beautiful thing, let’s see what I think of it 800 days from now.