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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.

facebook-icons-ps.jpg One fear, quite justified, when Facebook opened their API to the public, was that the privacy and style of the book would be jeopardized.  User’s had only just calmed down from the introduction of newsfeeds and were still pretty scared of Big Brother, when Facebook made even more information available for to a third party.

Now I have noticed that many users fill up their page with so much cr*p and applications, that the gap has become even smaller.

Just last week, a co-worker asked me how many of the 550+ friends on my account did I know.  Confidently, I said all but a handful, and when I checked, I realized, that was indeed true.  Other than one or two ‘randomers’ I had picked up over time, I have met, in person, all of my friends.  I guess I know lots of people!

Facebook was a closed network, only friends linked each other, but over the last few days, I have discovered it can be quite easy to become friends with someone.  Some will message an unknown persona to ask where they met, but a simple response of “in class” or “at the beach party” will suffice for most of the curious.  Even more surprisingly, many won’t face the embarrassment of have forgotten who this mystery person is, and will add them.

Facebook has lost it’s class.  Professionals are torn between Facebook and  Linked In, and personally, I am starting to favor the latter for the business world.  Even better, perhaps it’s time to go back to the old fashioned days of gmail!