GoogleGuy - 6:55 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)
I think I see where you're coming from, Please Be Gentle. I think of Gmail as a service that is supported by the ads we can show, and the reason that we'll be able to offer more storage and lots of features is partly because of that. And in turn, if the ads aren't useful then fewer people will use Gmail, so Google has an incentive to make the ads helpful and unobtrusive so that users enjoy the service, don't get annoyed, and decide to keep using it. Those factors lead toward viewing targeted ads as important part of the service, but I think I see your point as well. I'll certainly ask someone from Gmail to read your post themselves though.