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Happy Birthday Gmail


Introduced on April 1st 2004, Google’s email service is now five. When it started, users were wowed by the offer of 1GB of free space (sites like Hotmail only gave us 250MB) and the exclusivity of having to be invited to join up. A slick interface and easy-to-use menu system has kept it a favourite since then, even it if is still a beta. The key behind Gmail’s success was the development of Ajax, a programming technique using JavaScript, that let portions of the page load seperately. That made loading lightning fast, a real plus in those days when not everyone had broadband. Thanks for five years of faithful service, Gmail, we’ll send you an e-card later. On second thoughts, if we send a Gmail email back to Gmail itself, then the internet has a very real chance of exploding. Trust us, don’t try it.

[Check out Wired for a great retrospective peice on our favorite web email]

Facebook redesign cashes in on Twitter

The Facebook redesign, to be implemented shortly, is seen by many as a way for FB to fight the recent wave of publicity and success enjoyed by social media rival Twitter. But it may be equally true that it’s simply a better way for Facebook to make cash from sponsors. Apparently, Twitter is also considering this kind of ‘lifestreaming’ advertising model. Are we on the cusp of a new form of social network advertising? Will it be more or less invasive than existing revenue-generating models? Will sites such as Facebook and Twitter continue to put users first? And how much will prove too much and drive us all into the hands of the next internet phenomenon? There’s a fuller explanation of how this all works over at Valleywag.