Thursday, April 01, 2004

Google is offering 1 gigabyte of storage space for their new email service. Sounds incredible, but rest assured that Google has crunched the numbers. These guys are scientists and mathmaticians. First off, the growth of storage space is not linear with signups. There are no special pieces of each disk set aside for each user just a quota number. Secondly, people will have a tendency to delete unwanted messages such as spam just so they won't have to look through them. Third, if you think disk space is cheap for your own pc, imagine what it costs for Google. Finally, this bold move is going to suck all the life out of all the other free email services long before anybody hits 1Gig of storage space.

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