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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.

News of YouTube’s big announcement called for this morning had people thinking.  Were Google going to respond to the pressure of lower click through rates and include more ads.  Others thought live streaming was on the way, but no, none of this came true.

Big news… MORE API Keys!!

Ok, so there will be more YouTube everywhere else, more customization, more more more, but certainly not the announcement we were waiting for.  I’m not the only one that is disappointed.

Sometimes the things that wow me surprise me.  I am  no stranger to technology, gadget or the internet.  I love the startup mentality and there are many reasons I choose to work for them as opposed to big name, possibly more secure, corporations.  We’re changing the world.  Be it how you shop, or look for information, those of us working in the field are all offering something that didn’t used to exist.

I just gchatted with a friend, and one line of that conversation inspired this post:

When I first started using the net, the dialup connecting was shaky.  Now I can sit in my office in Jerusalem and have a quick conversation with a friend of mine sitting on a plane in Texas.  If I need to send an email I pick up my cell and connect to gmail for facebook right there.  I love startups, because I get the sense that we are giving to the world of technology, innovating processes that people don’t realize can be improved until version 2 comes along.

IM was always pretty cool.  Meebo came along and made it  better.  Online shopping made life much easier, Amazon took it to the next level.  Whatever the social norm is now, it’s going to change, and I am pretty sure it’s going to get better.  This is my way of saying props to all my friends in hi tech – and looking forward to whatever it is that comes next!