It seems like yesterday that Google shook up the world of communication. They released a preview of Gmail, a free webmail service that promised a mind-boggling amount of storage – up to eight billion bits of information per user (that’s about 500,000 pages of email!).

Remember the days when your inbox was like a cramped closet, overflowing with emails? You’d spend ages hunting for that one important message, ruthlessly deleting anything “non-essential” just to free up space. It felt like a constant battle against the dreaded “storage full” warning.

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Then Gmail burst onto the scene, like a magical closet organizer. Suddenly, you had this enormous amount of space – a whole gigabyte! It was more than most of us could imagine needing. Instead of deleting, we started archiving. Finding an old email became as easy as typing a few keywords into that trusty search bar. Conversations threaded together neatly, giving context to those long email chains.

Gmail didn’t just make our inboxes bigger; it made them smarter. It was like our email got a brain upgrade. We could label, filter, and prioritize messages like never before. Our inboxes went from chaotic jumbles to well-organized systems that actually worked for us instead of against us. Gmail empowered us to tame the email beast once and for all.

The service now has an estimated 1.2 billion users — about 1/7 of the global population — and these days, it’s a practical necessity to do anything online. It often feels like Gmail has always been here and always will be.

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