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Weblog:   The Fuss About Gmail and Privacy: Nine Reasons Why It's Bogus
Subject:   The advertising
Date:   2005-04-10 07:06:14
From:   b_
Tim, what happens when you or O'Reilly decide to mail your users about a new publication.


All your users registered with gmail will be informed about your new book, and provided 5 alternatives advertised by google.


Maybe they'll even display ads you're paying for in your own email.


It will be crippling for businesses to allow gmail addresses long-term.


Even something as simple as creating an account on an ecommerce site: you register, you get the standard "confirmation email" and google will present you with a whole pile of alternative sites.


Businesses run the risk of losing their customers simply because there will always be a cheaper alternative, and those alternatives will be neatly provided by google on every bit of correspondence you send a gmail user.


Thanks,
Ben


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