So far, I’ve been offered Gmail accounts by 6 different people. What’s the hype, really?
I have my domain mail. If my domain happens to go down for whatever reason – I have my main email account provided through my cable provider.
Is it the space that Gmail offers? I understand it offers 1 Gig of space for email – – are people actually storing that much email out there? I have four 80 Gig drives on my machine – – and about another 400 Gig available to me on our home network…what would I need a lousy gig of space available to store my email?
While I understand, for some, having an alternate email (apart from domain mail) available is handy dandy – call me cynical, but I don’t trust Google. I’m envisioning my email headers and content showing up in a Google cache somewhere online. I’m envisioning GoogleBots browsing my email…picking out keywords and selling the information to marketing firms. I’m envisioning targeted advertising directed toward my email. I don’t like the visions.
I’ve read up on a few of the concerns regarding privacy:
‘Delete your Google cookie before and after’
Gmail "Privacy" Policy
‘How I Learned To Stop Worrying’ (and love Google) [incomprehensible]
Google launches email, takes the Bill Gates defense
Google promotes Froogle
Yahoo! Rips! Up! Privacy! Policy!
Google’s Gmail: spook heaven?
Google mail is evil â€“ privacy advocates
Google Values It’s Own Privacy. How does it value yours?
Senator Drafts Google Opt-Out Bill
Big Brother Nominated for Google Award
Am I alone in my concerns regarding privacy with Gmail? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m playing it better safe than sorry – – call me overly cautious. Thanks to all who offered — however, I’m sure there’s someone else out there who would like and use it more than I 🙂