Thursday, June 17, 2004

after gmail and yahoo, its rediff ....

wow ... the competition in the email services market is really hotting up, with rediff following yahoo mail's 100MB upgrades by providing 1GB of quota, not to mention 10MB allowable per email, permitting larger attachments.

when the gmail announcement came out, everyone thought it was the best April Fool's joke - now the consumers are glad it was not ... and now the whole ploy about google trying to be exclusive about giving out email accounts by invite only might prove to be too arrogant. there are plenty of providers now for those who need larger email quotas, and you probably dont even have to migrate to a new email system :) ...

there are sites like Why GMail is so creepy - yet for the most part, users didnt care a damn about google building a database of keywords and using them to put out text based ads. all they cared about was a decent login name and more importantly 1GB of space to dump their emails. google never had any problem attracting users, infact people were clamoring for accounts, and invites. but i think google will lose the advantage, they had the upper hand in the market by being the first one to give this humongous storage - people agreed to all the "draconian" rules, but now even after nearly 3 months, google has not opened up. yahoo and now rediff have caught up, and now there is no longer an attraction to have a gmail account. i think this might be a perfect example of a wasted head start. we can only wait and watch.

as an aside, hotmail seems to be losing out - it has been conspicuously quiet so far. yet, im sure it wont be long though, before hotmail steps up and joins the race too ...

the best part about all this is that its absolutely free for the consumer - dont have to shell out a dime......

1 comment:

Monty said...

It'll really be nice to see what Hotmail comes up with, since Microsoft wont loose out on its users. In a way you're right, there's no more attraction left for GMail anymore, since many providers have increased their storage limits.

And in this so called email war, we as users have everything to gain :D