Please_Be_Gentle - 6:42 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0) GG, I am afraid that I have to disagree as I see a major difference between a private email and posting in a public forum. (Generally my mails are to people I know well, I haven't a clue who will read my anonymous post in a forum so you can't compare the two ).
As the letter at the beginning states, "Inserting new content from third party advertisers in incoming
emails is fundamentally different than removing harmful viruses and unwanted spam".
In fact some have suggested that the advertizing is not necessarily wanted
(although it wouldn't qualify as spam, it may bear some similarities),
but if you sign up for the terms and conditions, you have to put up with it. I said in another mail
that I have nothing against Google using ads in emails as long as they give people some choice and
control over whether they see ads for a specific mail. Also as an aside, if I criticize gmail, that
doesn't mean that I am under any delusions that Yahoo or Microsoft are flawless (as some other
posters appear to assume that this is somehow a Google vs Yahoo vs Microsoft competition).
Anyway,for one thing in a forum, I would be able to see the advertizing generated by my post (however if I haven't signed up for gmail I would not know this so what I wrote is being used in a way I have no knowledge of or control over).
In fact, in many fora, once I post my content is the property of the forum and I understand that.
You say that the benefit of being able to talk for free..outweighs the fact that the forum might show banner ads" but if I post to the forum I am benefitting from the forum (as I am benefitting from this forum) but if I send you a mail from a non-gmail account, I don't really feel that I am benefitting in the same way. Either way you have different expectations when posting in a forum from those I have when sending a mail. It would never have occurred to me that my content would be used for advertizing for a third party.That probably sounds naive, but that is one of the reasons why I think that the ads should only be shown on mails from a gmail user to a gmail user (as I outlined in another rambling mail detailing my concerns about targetted advertizing and how I think Google should give people a button to choose whether they see ads or not). I don't think this will convince you as to why I see the email issue and targetted advertizing the way I do, but at least you have given me your view and I have given you mine.
I do feel a line is being crossed with something that is very dear to me but it is very hard for me to articulate this so I can't blame you or Google in general if you don't see this.
With Kindest Regards
GG, I am afraid that I have to disagree as I see a major difference between a private email and posting in a public forum. (Generally my mails are to people I know well, I haven't a clue who will read my anonymous post in a forum so you can't compare the two ).