Gmail is 15 years and a day old today. In celebration of its 15th birthday, Google announced the release of new features on the popular emailing service. But before we get into that let’s take a trip down the memory lane.
For those who had access to a computer and the internet back in 2004, you probably know that emailing was dominated by the now-defunct Hotmail and Yahoo Mail services. When Google launched Gmail that year, it began as an invite-only service.
How did Gmail become so popular so fast?
On its launch, Google provided Gmail users with free 1GB storage; cloud storage. Compared to the competition in the market at the time, this offer was enough to draw in users in their millions.
However, Google maintained Gmail an invite-only service for as long as it could; up to 2007. That led to Gmail being sort after like a banned drug in the black market. People were buying the invites from eBay and there are unconfirmed reports Gmail invites trading was rife in the dark web.
The 1GB free storage on Gmail was so attractive, and back then that was …read more