There are few educated people in this world who don’t know about Gmail. Gmail has been major success from the day of its launch.
What is Gmail?
Gmail is the free e-mail service provided by Google. It has most number of accounts than any other e-mail service provider. Gmail was not always part of Google. Google was started in 1998. It took almost 9 years for Google to start free mail service named as Gmail.
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Paul Buchheit at the age of 23 was recruited in Google. In the year 2001 he thought of writing a program for Google that will provide users with free mail services. It was long kept dream of Buchheit from his college days that he fulfilled and we got Gmail.
In those days there were few free email providers like Hotmail and Yahoo mail. Problem with them was they were not so user friendly. Moreover, they provided limited data storage space about 2-4 Mb. This caused users lots of trouble, their inbox used to become full after few mails. They had to delete or download their mails on their computer for receiving new mails. This caused lots of irritation amongst the users.
Secondly, the problem with these email services was that, any user using them had a kind of felling that they were been directed to remote server somewhere else. This caused privacy issues among the users. Paul Buchheit wanted to eliminate these problems with his mail service; he started working towards eliminating them.
Overcoming problems with other mail services:
Paul Buchheit and his team increased the storage space for Gmail to 1 GB. Today, Gmail gives every user storage space of 10 GB and is increasing every second. This space is in the form of cloud. This solved the problem of deleting or downloading mail to receive new mails.
Next thing they did was to provide Gmail users with genuine feeling that the data is stored in the same computer which user is operating. Something similar when you work on Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat although, the user was still redirected to remote server.
Gmail was the first to provide e-mail address “auto complete” facility. Google stores your contacts and mail account information. Google stores your contacts and mail account information. Those persons whom you mail are stored in Gmail cloud storage. Whenever you want to mail them for the next time just by typing the first letter of their email id Gmail auto fills their e-mail address. You don’t have to type the full account every time you want to send the mail.
How Google earns money from Gmail?
Most of the Google employees thought that why should Google provide free mail service to peoples. For this reason Paul Buchheit devised a plan to earn money through ads on Gmail. As Gmail has millions of users, even if very small no of them click on the ads Gmail generates lot of money for Google.
Problem faced by Gmail
Biggest problem faced by Gmail was concern from Gmail users that Google will interfere with their privacy. Google stores all the mails in their database. Google also collects information about users’ interest, behaviour, likes and dislikes. It was believed that Google will read their confidential mails or can sell their information to others. Larry Page and Gmail team convinced people that Gmail is secured and any kind of information related to Gmail user or his/her mail will not be disclosed.
Gmail has emerged as the most used mail service provider worldwide. Millions of people have their account in Gmail. Google has also added new features in Gmail over the years like Gchat, themes etc. Gmail will be most popular e-mail service provider for years to come.