I agree. GMail is a huge mistake, I can't believe that any company would do that.
Things like Florida and Austin upset us here, not the "real" world. GMail potentially undermines the whole concept of email privacy and hence potentially affects *everyone*.
Privacy is a big issue these days, if the Google PhDs lived in the real world they would have realised that. Not only would I personally never sign up to GMail, I would never even *send* an email to a GMail account.
It's a very, very stupid idea.
Google flew too near the sun.