This April marks Gmail’s 9th birthday, writes Zohair Hyder on The Official Gmail blog, as he reminisces about how much things have changed. Apparently, Gmail was inspired by a user complaint about existing email services’ lack of a search function and their poor storage limits. The infographic below delves further into various milestones in Gmail’s history. Following the chart caused me recall the long relationship I’ve had with Google’s webmail service.
I joined Gmail for the first time right around the same time I joined MySpace (the first MySpace…when it was like brand new and stuff). It was a different time back then. You would have found me deep into the music scene, floating mp3s off only to have them bounce back because the recipients mailbox was full or it just couldn’t handle the dopeness that landed in its inbox.
One of my earliest Gmail accounts has since become a junk-mail depository that I recently cleaned up and made pretty again. I had (and still have) a Gmail account for every separate thing. But many of my past accounts have vanished into the ether. So many, I don’t even know the exact count. I’ve forgotten what most of them even are.
Once a Thunderbird power user, Mozilla’s email client allowed me to bundle all my Gmail accounts into one app for easier viewing. But I had moved away from that method long before Mozilla dropped support for the Thunderbird because I began to migrate away from the hassle of keeping track of multiple accounts and merged them all into a single account. But now, Gmail’s native “Multiple Sign-in” serves a similar function, which actually suits me better since I can keep the luxury of having multiple accounts while simply linking them all together, remaining logged in to each, but without needing to prune all accounts all the time. Only specific accounts when I need to.
Gmail hasn’t been perfect but it has always been ahead of the competition.
Happy Birthday Gmail!