Gmail… Up to the Hype?

Props to Brandon for the Gmail invite. I guess I now get to consider myself one of the elite few, though I find the whole thing blown way out of proportion. I can see how 1 GB of e-mail space can be appealing, but the resulting onslaught of sites such as gmail swap and Gmail Machine seem a little over-the-top.gmail-beta-logo

I have to say, though, that I’m already quite fond of Gmail’s simple, quick-loading interface. Once I get a few messages in there, maybe I’ll be able to make use of some of the other features. There’s just so much hype surrounding it that I can’t help but remain skeptical.

3 thoughts on “Gmail… Up to the Hype?

  1. Brandon

    I really think the 1GB storage is just a big marketing hook. No one’s gonna buy in if you just sold that you have a better interface than Hotmail and Yahoo. But give em’ 1GB and everyone will flock to it to see what the fuss is about; then when Hotmail and Yahoo finally offer 1GB, no one will switch back because they really like the GMail interface better. That’s how it was for me. Now that I’m using it, I actually like their web interface better than most client-side e-mail applications, which is something I thought I’d never say about a web-based app.

  2. Barry

    Heheh… elite few? I know like 50 people just here in town who have Gmail accounts now. :P I’ve got a bunch of invites sitting around just going to waste…

  3. Kody

    Yeah, I have to admit, it’s not really “elite” anymore – seems like everyone and their dog has an invitation now. It’s still fun to laugh at those who paid $50 on eBay for one, though.

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