Sriram Krishnan wrote on Sun, Apr 25, 2004 at 03:09:58PM +0530:
| Actually, I'm going to say...why won't you be comfortable? Now, think
| about it for a second. No other human being will ever read about
| your...er...problems. And before you say that this is not guaranteed,
| I would like to remind you that Google actually does guarantee that no
| one reads your mail. So if some human does read your mail, they would
| be breaking the law.
The point is not about some human reading my mails. Obviously nobody
would (unless there is a psychopath of an employee who derives
pleasure by reading others' mails). I work for Yahoo! and let me
explain (trying to not touch as much wood as I'm not supposed to :) )
what it means to be using such a service.
When you are on Yahoo! search, only your unique browser (a cookie) is
related to the keywords you search for. Your login ID is NOT
associated with the search queries you make. so, clear your browser
cookies and poof! you become a new individual (practical uses: if you
are looking for jobs from your home, you wont get ADs at office :) ).
Now, what gmail proposes to do is to process my mails, figure out my
"personality" and keep targetting ads based on the keywords found in
my mails. so if I'm applying for jobs through GMail, I'm sure to get
job ADs at office (and if my manager / employer is smart, he can
figure out that I'm finding a job!).
(I guess, more serious "family" situations can arise out of
GMail... I'm thankfully unmarried :> ).
| Fine..if you think its evil, don't use it. They're giving you a LOT of
| features that no current web mail provider can even hope to match. If
| I were Google, I would be looking at what I can get in return. There
| is no such thing as a free lunch...
also, http://spymac.com/ provides 1GB mail boxes.
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