Gmail overtakes AOL, becomes third largest email provider

According to ComScore, a marketing research company, Gmail is now the third largest email provider in the United States. InformationWeek broke down the numbers, revealing last year Gmail grew a remarkable 46 percent, from 25.3 million to 36.9 million users. Gmail is now on pace to overtake Windows Live Hotmail, at 47.1 million users, in around seven months.

Gmail has continued to grow most likely due to its apps, like Google Docs and Google Calender which take standard desktop applications into the "cloud." Gmail's growth did not even seem to be slowed by its perpetual beta tag which was just removed earlier this summer.

Yahoo Mail continues to lead the pack when it comes to U.S. email providers with 106.1 million visitors last month. Yahoo offers unlimited storage to users across several different available domain names making it very difficult for competitors to keep up. Yahoo's continued popularity is likely also due to its media and entertainment portal including sites like Yahoo Sports and OMG which continue to receive more traffic than competitors ESPN and TMZ, respectively. So while it's likely Gmail will overtake Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo is apparently not going anywhere.

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"You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or is part of Windows Live Custom Domains."

MS is scared. Gmail has no fear.

Wow, that's a huge jump for Google. I don't mind GMail, I do have one account there, but I still prefer Hotmail personally. The improvements they've been making to Hotmail make it a very nice option IMO.

I guess that's a good thing if it will encourage Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail to be better.

I use Hotmail and don't have any issues with it. It works well with Windows Live Mail, and I've haven't got any spam, and I barely ever notice the ads.

I currently use GMail but I'm glad to see that Yahoo Mail is first. Their webmail is one of the most amazing pieces of Ajax Application I've ever seen. Think of their tabing system, their right click or the unlimited scrolling in the mailbox. It's just fantastic. As a web developer it's a model to me.

I stopped using ESPN after they changed their whole interface to flash. They added auto-loading flash videos, auto-scrolling banner ads, and too much fluff. I like Yahoo Sports better. Been using it for years.

I use Yahoo Mail for crap and GMail for important stuff. Point is that I still use Yahoo Mail.

I use Gmail and have my own domain, hotmail and yahoo mail all forward to it. It has even negated the need for thunderbird.

But I would have used Hotmail or Yahoo mail, I just got used to gmail and can't be bothered to swap.

Well, I have 5 GMail accounts, IMO GMail's best thing is using it as storage with tools like PHP Gmail Drive, and also because its spam filter don't delay the messages sent to me, they arrive the same time, inbox or spam box, but don't delay them for hours or days or even never let them arrive like Yahoo or Hotmail.

Google's dominance is as dangerous as Microsoft's. I got a message asking me if I wanted to amalgamate my YouTube account with my Google Mail, even though I was not logged into Google (cookies).

I immediately deleted my YouTube account, and went to delete my Google Check-out account too. But the sneaky b'stards don't let you, unless you let go of your email address too... So the lot went.

Be very careful with whom you sign up with. All of a sudden they have a whole lot of information on you, without you realising. I suggest keeping all on-line services separate and disparate.

I don't agree with that, though. I find the linking of accounts to be a useful feature. It saves me the hassle of remembering different usernames and passwords. Now I wish that Google owned Flickr... then I wouldn't need to remember my Yahoo account.

Yap, it's why I love my Windows Live ID. It's too bad that Windows CardSpace isn't taken advantage of, then I could use that to sign into Windows Live ID and services like YouTube and Neowin. Google would never do that so YouTube would never do it. Why doesn't Neowin do that though?

boho said,
I got a message asking me if I wanted to amalgamate my YouTube account with my Google Mail, even though I was not logged into Google (cookies) ... I immediately deleted my YouTube account ... All of a sudden they have a whole lot of information on you, without you realising.

First, take off your tinfoil hat. Second, if you used your Gmail address when signing up for your YouTube account that would explain how it knew, and since your Gmail username doubles as your Google Accounts username they can just use that directly to make things more user-friendly. The same happens on social networking sites that offer the ability to import/invite friends from an email address book--the import options will always default to the provider of the email address you supplied when you registered (if that service is supported, that is). These sites aren't using voodoo or invading your privacy to deduce these details, they just take what you have already given them and connect the dots.

I just migrated from Google Mail to Windows Live Hotmail.

I have 1 Windows Live account, I send e-mail and chat with others on WLM. Feeling great.

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geoken said,
I just grabbed a garden vegetable cream cheese bagel this morning. I usually get onion and chive but I decided to try something different and it tasted really good.
LoL! Awesome :P

M_Lyons10 said,

I agree. I like Hotmail myself.


What a surprise everyone, MLyons comes out loving Microsoft yet again, just all the other 1000s of posts he has made. Congrats on being stuck in the past.

Not a fan of Hotmail. Gmail just seems alot more useable. I've had a Yahoo and Hotmail account for a fair few years. I've mainly used my own domains emails though via an IMAP account on a CPANEL account. I moved it over to Google Hosted for free at the start of the year. Best move I made. My only gripe is not being able to use my account for services like iGoogle etc.

Google are very good at what they do. That is starting to get worrying though.

don't know why, but i've always had a distaste for yahoo and never used them for anything but the im. Gmail has been with me since my first invite so long ago. Hotmail used to get flooded with spam, but lately it hasn't.... but I dont use it either really.

Hotmail is the best service. The name really is the only connection it has with the old Hotmail service from years ago and the old MSN service. They really changed the entire Hotmail experience including the UI and the way it functions. Google could never take down Hotmail, the service is so nice. The user interface is great and you never get junk. Yahoo, they could take down though. Their service gets spam just signing up for it.

Electric Jolt said,
Hotmail is the best service. The name really is the only connection it has with the old Hotmail service from years ago and the old MSN service. They really changed the entire Hotmail experience including the UI and the way it functions. Google could never take down Hotmail, the service is so nice. The user interface is great and you never get junk. Yahoo, they could take down though. Their service gets spam just signing up for it.


I so agree with Electric Jolt. Hotmail is much better since the MSN days.

Electric Jolt said,
Hotmail is the best service. The name really is the only connection it has with the old Hotmail service from years ago and the old MSN service. They really changed the entire Hotmail experience including the UI and the way it functions. Google could never take down Hotmail, the service is so nice. The user interface is great and you never get junk. Yahoo, they could take down though. Their service gets spam just signing up for it.

Yeah, I guess you really like advertising rammed down your throat, outlook forced design so much that it looks ridiculous, and incredibly slow servers. And that is with the backend running on BSD, imagine how slow it would run on Windows Servers??

Gmail stinks through and through and I have 3 accounts!!

Use them ONLY for storage and still get a ton of spam. Just shows you what all the fan boys can do for stats!!
Just like Firefox, doesn't matter that it isn't worth a squat, but when you have all those clueless people telling all those other clueless people how cool it is........

Stop signing up for spam and you wont get any.
I have 4 gmail account and one specifically for spam. my main one maybe gets 1 spam mail every2-3 months.

so if you abuse your account, then you've only yourself to blame.

You get spam if you're a raving idealistic starry-eyed moron who shoots out his email address to anyone who so much as brings it up.

Stop signing up for **** on the internet and you don't get spam. It's really not that difficult. In 4 to 5 years( don't remember exact time-frame, but I was a gmail tester) that I've been using gmail I've NEVER recieved a single spam message, and neither has anyone else I know.

So before you fire off about clueless people maybe you should just stop telling the world how stupid they are and look at all the different services you're actually signing up for, and know the difference between what to trust and what to not.

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LiquidSolstice said,
You get spam if you're a raving idealistic starry-eyed moron who shoots out his email address to anyone who so much as brings it up.

Stop signing up for **** on the internet and you don't get spam. It's really not that difficult. In 4 to 5 years( don't remember exact time-frame, but I was a gmail tester) that I've been using gmail I've NEVER recieved a single spam message, and neither has anyone else I know.

So before you fire off about clueless people maybe you should just stop telling the world how stupid they are and look at all the different services you're actually signing up for, and know the difference between what to trust and what to not.

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Hate to ruin the rant boys, but i get SPAM to a gmail account Ive never even used once..

How it happened god knows, i only signed up to secure a nickname

hjf288 said,
LiquidSolstice said,
You get spam if you're a raving idealistic starry-eyed moron who shoots out his email address to anyone who so much as brings it up.

Stop signing up for **** on the internet and you don't get spam. It's really not that difficult. In 4 to 5 years( don't remember exact time-frame, but I was a gmail tester) that I've been using gmail I've NEVER recieved a single spam message, and neither has anyone else I know.

So before you fire off about clueless people maybe you should just stop telling the world how stupid they are and look at all the different services you're actually signing up for, and know the difference between what to trust and what to not.

[/rant]


Hate to ruin the rant boys, but i get SPAM to a gmail account Ive never even used once..

How it happened god knows, i only signed up to secure a nickname

Im sure it happens to some people - i just checked mine, and thats not the case though.

In either case, its still excellent - quick, well layed out, etc. And i've NEVER had spam miss the spam filter, or real emails go into the spambox. So grats google, keep up the good work!

hjf288 said,
Hate to ruin the rant boys, but i get SPAM to a gmail account Ive never even used once..

How it happened god knows, i only signed up to secure a nickname


Was it an easy to guess name? If so, spammers prolly just went down the list of possibles and hoped for the best. I just hope you didn't click ANYTHING.

what ever happened to having an e-mail address used purposely for sending mail. Not just holding the 'lease' on the e-mail address just because you wanted a nickname.

Ah well, i never get any spam and i've been with Gmail for a little under a year.
I use my hotmail account mainly... but even that has no spam, so really i think its down to the person.

The day after I signed up I had about 50 spam messages, despite never giving out my gmail address. I stopped using it as I couldn't be bothered monitoring the spam folder for real E-mails that got sent to it.

hjf288 said,
Hate to ruin the rant boys, but i get SPAM to a gmail account Ive never even used once..

How it happened god knows, i only signed up to secure a nickname

Some email addresses just attract spam...

like city-i-live-in-sex@gmail.com I'm sure gets spam all the time, and
i-want-a-bigger-penis@gmail.com as well

but if your name can't be turned into anything sexual for spammers, well then...that's weird

conan_2000 said,
The day after I signed up I had about 50 spam messages, despite never giving out my gmail address. I stopped using it as I couldn't be bothered monitoring the spam folder for real E-mails that got sent to it.


Wait, are the people complaining about spam saying they get too much spam in their inbox or too much spam in their junk mail? Would you prefer if messages tagged spam were just instantly and never sent to junk mail?

I've had my account since early 2007, and I barely get any spam. Just make sure to uncheck all the "send me news, updates, etc." checkboxes when registering on websites.

cork1958 said,
Gmail stinks through and through and I have 3 accounts!!

Use them ONLY for storage and still get a ton of spam. Just shows you what all the fan boys can do for stats!!
Just like Firefox, doesn't matter that it isn't worth a squat, but when you have all those clueless people telling all those other clueless people how cool it is........

Here's the thing with Gmail. You may get a lot of spam, but you never see a lot of spam. I cleaned out my spam folder on the 14th and I already have 63 messages of spam. But they are ALL in my spam folder. In that sense, "I get no spam" I also use pop3 access so it automatically puts all the spam in my spam folder at the server end and I never see a single one.

Have had gmail for years - I never get spam. Period. Although I don't give away my e-mail address for every thing under the sun either. Have a separate aol mailbox for the sites that require an e-mail address (I HATE those sites!).

Yup, I have the same problem. I get tons of spam in my account, and only 1 of my friends uses this address with me, since he also uses Gmail, so we typically use Gmail to send larg files to each other. I've never given the address out. At this point Gmail is far worse that Hotmail for spam. Plus they have useless options for preventing spam.

I don't understand why Gmail is so great. Why does Google succeed in email when their service can never stand up to the great Hotmail service from Microsoft? Google might have a good search engine for power-searching, but other than the power-searching I do, I use Bing. Why? Because Bing has a user interface that motivates me, just like my favorite store to go to is Market District (Giant Eagle Market District) just because the experience is out of this world. When I go to Market District, it's design came from the wooden look and green because of organic products they have. The cart comes with cup holders and a place for a treat like a donut, from there I see fruit and vegetables that have a sign next to them that says they are organic and were grown 4 miles from the Market District at a big farm with the name of it. I pass that farm a lot so I am familiar with it. The self scans and friendly employees and the overall experience of shopping there is out of this world. Best part is they have wifi that works around the entire building, including their outside part where you can eat outside.

My point is, Gmail has the worst user interface, and doesn't have the type of skins that can stand up to Windows Live's user interface. Hotmail delivers better features, great spam filter that is easy to use, and can link your Windows Live IDs and connect to other email addresses you have and display them in your Hotmail at a glance. With Bing's pictures as an extra, and simple questions answered by the search engine itself, it really is a good search engine. The entire Windows Live experience beats Google's *nix experience any day.

Why I said this is because simply why would you want to switch from Hotmail to Gmail? You are going from a great service to a junky one. They got so popular because of a beta tag and an invite-only style of signing up. I used to love Gmail until I realized it sucked compared to Windows Live Hotmail and got popular because people just wanted it because it was invite-only and had a beta tag just like everybody wanted in on the Windows Longhorn beta...

conan_2000 said,
The day after I signed up I had about 50 spam messages, despite never giving out my gmail address. I stopped using it as I couldn't be bothered monitoring the spam folder for real E-mails that got sent to it.

Sure you do, I think you are getting hotmail and gmail confused. I have been using gmail since the beginning, when you needed an invitation. I have not seen a spam for months. But don't let facts get in the way of your raving lunatic rants.

The fact that MS "innovated" hotmail, and have never managed to get it running on Windows servers is hilarious. Of course, it is the only way they could get it to server so many people, without building a server farm as big as texas.