[4/4/2004 3:50 PM] Ramanraj K :
Actually, GMail concept of Google looks quite good and attractive.
Searching through Goole is much faster than searching the local system
for most of us- because google using more than 100 networked computers
[that run using gnu/linux. see:
Google says "Gmail" is no joke, but lunar jobs are
Reuters, 04.01.04, 1:36 PM ET
By Lisa Baertlein
SAN FRANCISCO, April 1 (Reuters) - It's not like Internet search service
Google can't laugh at itself, but when an April Fool's joke got out of hand
on Thursday, a real business plan was rumored to be a Web hoax -- and that
was no laughing matter.
Privately held Google Inc. had Web message boards buzzing on Thursday over
whether a new e-mail product, announced on Wednesday and meant to challenge
Yahoo Inc. (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people) and Microsoft Corp (nasdaq: MSFT
news - people), was actually an April Fool's joke.
Google's announcement was questioned because of the U.S. No. 1 search
service's unconventional sub-heading on a press release and because it also
posted a fictional job listing seeking engineers for a "Google Copernicus
Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (GCHEESE)" lunar
Google's free e-mail service called Gmail, which will offer significantly
more storage than Yahoo or MSN, "is not a hoax," said Jonathan Rosenberg,
Google's vice president of products.
Google's unconventional March 31 press release announcing Gmail helped set
Internet message boards alight because the sub-heading read: "Search is
Number Two Online Activity -- Email is Number One: 'Heck, Yeah,' Say Google
"It is April Fool's Day. We were having fun with this announcement. We are
very serious about Gmail," Rosenberg said in an interview.
Still, the Web was buzzing with speculation.
"It's going to go down in history as one of the biggest pranks ever
wrote one message poster at Slashdot.org, which bills itself as a news
provider for nerds.
That view was countered by others who noted the relatively low cost of
storage and Google's registration of Gmail.com.
"The real joke was an advertisement for a job opening in 2007 at their
facility," another Slashdot poster wrote.
That recruiting ad -- which can be viewed by clicking on the Google.com
"Want a job that's out of this world?" -- details the benefits of working
Google's "Googlunaplex" location on the moon.
"The notion that we're actually opening a lunar office is consistent with
the spirit of April Fool's Day, and, yes, it is a joke," Rosenberg said of
the ad, posted around midnight Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday.
In fact, Google's informational site about Gmail, at www.gmail.com, was up
and running Thursday during a test period with a small group of users.
According to Whois.net, an online service for researching domain name
registration, Gmail.com does belong to Google.
Copyright 2004, Reuters News Service