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Several new enhancements include :
sending emails to users who have requested to be removed from a mailing list
selling, exchanging or distributing to a third party the email addresses of any person without such person's knowing and continued consent to such disclosure
sending unsolicited emails to significant numbers of email addresses belonging to individuals and/or entities with whom you have no preexisting relationship
Sell, trade, resell or otherwise exploit for any unauthorized commercial purpose or transfer any Gmail account
This is just another example of Google's typically excellent "user-friendliness" that far surpasses most other companies.
"1986 items found for gmail"
I wonder will eBay stop these auctions? If they do it will make accounts harder to come by thus creating more demand and... oh! What's this? Google comes out well and truly on top again! Heh.
By reading the terms of service it is only valid for accounts. I don't see anything restricting the sales of "invites" as they're technically an invitation and NOT a physical account until the user signs up and creates the account.
Google is dead, why do people think otherwise? It doesn't matter how much backtracking G does now or ever with Gmail, the common guys on the street will only remember the bad PR. No need to change from Yahoo email now either.
Hmm I don't think so. The demand for gmail invites was so high that I got a used superbowl ticket for my favorite team (Bucs!), an autographed CD for one of my favorite drummers (Chris Vrenna) and a bunch of other fun little things like that before the number of people with gmail accounts grew so high that the value of a gmail invite has shrunk considerably. However. Every single time I have invites I never fail to find someone who wants one. Especially now that Google has banned the sale of gmail accounts or invites-[news.com.com ].
Course, half the draw to gmail right now is the fact that only people who have been invited can join, people want to be on *the inside*. Google knows this and man have they ever exploited it in order to promote gmail. But its worked, very well in fact. But the point is I don't think gmail is dead.
Also I love gmails threading feature and search functions which you won't find in hotmail or yahoo mail. I really could care less that an automated system is reading my emails, its not like my ISP doesn't have an automated system that reads all my emails to scan if they are spam or not.
(PS if I had any invites I'd post them).
Gmail gives the user a link to "View Changes" that displays the entire policy with all changes in context. From a user's perspective, this is a huge boon.
The demand is still high, Google may be dead in the not too distant future, but it is certainly alive and well now.
As for all the bad PR, well, only the geeks paid much attention to it in the first place.
And yes, I have been very impressed with G's "transparency" when it comes to policy changes and notifying users exactly what they can and can't expect about privacy, etc etc.
Anyways as far as ISPs reading your email, apparently its legal for any ISP to read your email, even with human eyes [story.news.yahoo.com ] (believe it or not that story and court case are not related to gmail), so people who are worried about gmail using a computer to read the email should be just as worried that the sysadmin of their favorite ISP is reading their email, atleast at this point.
In any case, I'm loving gmail, what more can I say.