Techdirt on the possibility of a free email service from Google. I say, bring it on! I already pay $30 a year for Yahoo and I would certainly give that money to Google if they had a better Google-style interface. Of course, with Google AdWords being so effective I bet Google could offer a ton of free features in exchange for targeted ads. Imagine writing an email about that last movie you saw and Google Adwords for that movie being at the bottom?! Maybe I could make money sending email to my friends 🙂
The big discussion that I’ve been having with a few different people over the last few weeks is whether or not Google would get into the email business – and, if so, how? To me, it seems like an obvious extension of their technology and business model – but not everyone agrees. However, the rumors are getting louder and louder that Google is developing an email product. The question is whether they’ll be offering an entire “Google Email” system, or if they’re just working on a version of their AdSense offering that would work within email (generating contextual ads based on the content of the email). Some people I’ve spoken to about it thought that people would freak out if they thought Google was reading their email to do its contextualization magic – which could be true. The question is how many people will freak out – and will plenty of others be more than willing to welcome the Google contextualization engine into their inbox, in exchange for the ability to actually “Google your email”? Many people always seem to want the ability to better search through their own email. I could see a certain willingness from many people to let Google place ads in their email in exchange for the ability to better search through all the email. If Google could figure out a good anti-spam solution, as well, it could be a real hit.