A Decade Later: How Gmail Happened

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Harry McCracken:

In the end, Gmail ended up running on three hundred old Pentium III computers nobody else at Google wanted. That was sufficient for the limited beta rollout the company planned, which involved giving accounts to a thousand outsiders, allowing them to invite a couple of friends apiece, and growing slowly from there.

As much as I rag on email, it’s hard to imagine a world without Gmail. Actually, it’s terrifying. We’d still be using email, but it would probably look like this.

Ironic that it was Gmail that sucked me into the Googleverse.

I wonder if using Tumblr will convince me to come back to flickr as well as yahoomail

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    I opened a HoTMaiL account in the summer of 1997. My kid thinks I’m as old as the hills.
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    I had forgotten about gmail’s invitation-only policy until this jogged my memory. (And what a stark contrast that is...
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