Many people use Gmail. Why not? It’s free and it works pretty well. Of course, it has become a big advertising tool as well and we all know how Google likes to determine what ads to serve.
In a pretty funny video that may have initially have only been intended for attendees of the MGX (Microsoft Global Exchange) sales conference, Microsoft gives Gmail the once over for its ad generating “techniques”.
For its part in the contest, Google has produced this video asking for those who know use and love Gmail to perform an intervention on the few holdouts they may know that are using some other e-mail platform.
More and more we are seeing how the commercialization of the Internet is hailed as both boom and bust. With everything seemingly getting some kind of advertising attached to it, there may be a real move toward getting away from the “we know a lot more about you than you wish” feeling that happens everywhere on the net today.
What about you? Where are you on this issue? Would you like to have more privacy (even at a cost) or is free and scannable the way to go?