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The problem with Gmail

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#1 NeonWizard


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Posted 15 June 2004 - 07:25 PM

The Gmail advertising concept is simple. When you log into the Gmail to retrieve and view your e-mail, the service automatically scans the contents of the email and displays a relevant ad on the screen for you to see. Although it has been said that neither Google nor the advertiser "knows" the text or essence of the e-mail message, this is not strictly true: if you click on the link to the ad, it can be reasonably inferred that the text of the e-mail in some way related to the advertiser's service.

Moreover, like any e-mail provider, the text of your Gmail is stored and subject to subpoena. I can envision a situation where an advertiser, paying Google hundreds of thousands of dollars, claims that Google failed to "insert" its ads in relevant e-mails, or inserted a competitor's ads instead (or in addition to, or more prominently). In the course of the ensuing litigation, wouldn't both the ads themselves and the text of the messages into which they were inserted be relevant, and therefore discoverable? I can't imagine why not.

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#2 wawadave


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Posted 16 June 2004 - 09:05 PM

they will get a good idea of the mail you read by the ad,s you get .
but big brother has even more subtle ways yet.

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#3 hyperila



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Posted 26 June 2004 - 05:01 AM

in the future, the internet will be flooded with GOOGLE's ads... their main source of income...

By using Gmail... we are sacrificing our privacy for that 1GB of diskspace...

#4 SpywareDestroyer



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Posted 26 June 2004 - 11:02 AM

I will never use Gmail; Yahoo offers 1GB of space as well.

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