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GMail storage now unlimited...

...top secret Infinity+1 storage plan

     
8:09 am on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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... starting today, we're beginning the roll-out of our new and top secret Infinity+1 storage plan. The key features are:

[gmail.google.com...]

Keeping one step head of the competition...or is it just April the 1st again. I like the counter anyway.

8:32 am on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think it's only a matter of time before "RICH TEXT" becomes a document editior where you can save, print, and format. Oh wait, you can do all that now. When do I get to ditch my MS Word Google?
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I checked the storage how long has it been 1150MB, then I checked again it changed once again to 1151MB.

<added>Ok it keeps going up.</added>

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I checked the storage how long has it been 1150MB, then I checked again it changed once again to 1151MB.

yeah, a bit of a gimmick - but quite nice all the same.

<added>we must have both posted a the same time</added>

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But did you notice this: Double up on Gigs

Storage is an important part of email, but that doesn't mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our one-year birthday, we're giving everyone one more gigabyte

[gmail.google.com...]

12:22 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The story was broken in Australia, as usual. [theage.com.au] I wonder if the two were related.
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Google people are pure geniuses.

They know that Y! MSN and other competitors can only offer infinity for storage, so they've made an "pre-emptive strike" by offering infinity + 1 storage plan. Brilliant!

hehe

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> The story was broken in Australia, as usual. I wonder if the two were related.

LMAO!

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<added>Ok it keeps going up.</added>

It would be nice if they keep adding 1MB everytime one logs in on Gmail. ;)

6:20 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you look at the log in page you will see the counter running up.

When you log ion you will see the current storage amount, more or less, the same as the running clock on the log in page.

It will stop at 2 gigs (I think)

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It will stop at 2 gigs (I think)

My thoughts exactly.
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My question is why would anyone need that much storage, except maybe for all the Viagra spam?
10:11 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hrm....I think I'll host a website in an email.
10:36 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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> The story was broken in Australia

its because of the time zone, AU always gets first dibs on all the changes on G. Of course, to keep it quiet, Google removed all .com.au domains for a couple of hours.

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But did you notice this: Double up on Gigs

I never go to gmail to login, because I always use my cookies for Gmail Notifier. It just so happens I cleared my cookies today.

My question is why would anyone need that much storage, except maybe for all the Viagra spam?

Maybe now you can pass your gmail account onto your kids :-)

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If you change your computer clock to April 2nd, instead of the counter the following text will be displayed:

Over 2000 megabytes of storage (and counting) for every user.

The reason this works is the counter is written using Javascript and thus is running client-side. So it looks like the nifty counter is only for April 1st. :)

10:40 am on Apr 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It will stop at 2 gigs (I think)

Well I was wrong - it's still running - now at 2035 MB.

They really meant infinity + 1.

My question is why would anyone need that much storage

That's exactly why they can do it. 99% of their users will never reach 1 GB let alone infinity. Our main account after 1 year is still under 50 MB and if I manually cleared the trash box it would go down to 35 MB.

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> Well I was wrong - it's still running - now at 2035 MB.

Don't forget that 2GB is 2048MB. It's currently 2.5MB away from that.

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Don't forget that 2GB is 2048MB

Hmm... All we can do is wait and see:-)

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I looked at the page source again today and it looks like they've changed the Javascript code from yesterday so that the counter keeps going up, at least for now. :)

<added about an hour later>
Actually it looks like I've been seeing two versions of the login page.

On version number one the counter has stopped running:
[google.com...]
On version number two the counter continues to rise:
[google.com...]

Pretty interesting...
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[edited by: Elijah at 2:26 pm (utc) on April 2, 2005]

1:48 pm on Apr 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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2 gigs is 2048 megs, but in today's world no vendor seems to recognize that when referring to storage. I think it is nice that Google went all the way to 2048 and then a little bit more.

Of course, I have all 2050 available - I have never used my Gmail address. Maybe it is time.

>>I think I'll host a website in an email.

Pretty funny. Let me know if you figure out how ;)

3:18 pm on Apr 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Still going up however at a much slower pace.

Now at 2054 MB.

It's quite a gimmick and will be mentioned often in the press giving G lots of free publicity.