GMail – The New Frontier

If you have even a passing interest in the topic of GMail, then you should take a look at the following information. This enlightening article presents some of the latest news on the subject of GMail.

Google’s email service has stopped playing hard to get.

Google’s Gmail, operated on a test basis since last spring, this week dramatically increased the potential number of users of the Web-based service.
The move could mean Google is getting ready for a public rollout of Gmail — a development that would heighten Google’s competition for usage and advertising dollars with Yahoo! and Microsoft’s both of which offer free Web-based email services as well.
Some subscribers to Gmail — which since it launched has been available only by invitation from Google or current users of the service — this week discovered that they had 50 invitations to Gmail that they can pass on to friends and acquaintances.
Previously, Google has doled out no more than a half-dozen invitations at a time to Gmail users.

A Google spokesman confirmed Friday that some users of the service were getting an increased number of invitations, saying it was part of Google’s continuing efforts to expand the service. The spokesman, however, wouldn’t provide any information about when Google might bring Gmail out of its test phase into general release.

Even in its limited release, Gmail has already remade the landscape of free email service on the Internet. One of the service’s distinguishing characteristics is that it provides users with 1 gigabyte of free storage space. At the time Gmail debuted, Yahoo!, for example, was offering users a maximum of six megabytes of free storage.

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Since then, Yahoo! has raised its storage capacity on free accounts to 250 megabytes and has upped storage capacity on paid email accounts to 2 gigabytes.

Now that we’ve covered those aspects of GMail, let’s turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.

When Google announced acquisition of dMarc Broadcasting, a digital media solutions and services firm, it became clearer Google has no intentions of stopping at the arbitrary boundaries of the Internet. DMarc is in two businesses: technology and a media network that places ads digitally and remotely into rotation on stations with the dMarc technology. The station ad sales manager can specify what radio ad inventory to release to the dMarc radio network.

This acquisition puts Google in the traditional radio advertising business with a platform that’s already partially self-serve and runs much closer to real time than existing ways of buying radio advertising. Sound familiar? It’s like AdWords with digital audio files, and radio stations, geographies, and dayparts instead of keywords. If you currently buy radio advertising, Google will soon have some new things to offer you.
Great news, but perhaps Google will implement its famous auction methodology for radio ads, controlled by its combined system. If that happens (and I’m betting it will) the insertion order (IO) process that guarantees ad rotation will be replaced by an ad-spot auction running in near real time. Soon you’ll be bidding for each defined group of ad spots against all the other marketers who want to reach the same audience. In an auction for radio or TV ad inventory, you’re fighting every marketer, not just industry-specific competition.