Gmail celebrates 10th year with the introduction of ?Gmail Shelfie?, today.
Way back 2004, Google announced that they will be launching something new on April 1st which people considered to be an April Fools? prank. But to their surprise, Google did publish a press release announcing Gmail?s birth ? Google?s webmail service. Gmail came with 1GB of storage capacity per Gmail user.
Today, on its 10th birthday, Gmail introduced ?Gmail Shelfie? as a gift to its million users.
In a blog post by Greg Bullock, Software Engineer, he wrote:
“…while it may be our birthday, we want to say thank you to you with a gift that is, well, all about you.
You all love setting selfies as your custom theme in Gmail, but you?ve told us there?s one major problem: there isn?t a way to share your selfie with others. As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space. And we think it’s a tragedy that your handsome hair, luscious lashes and beautiful brows have been trapped in your own inbox. Until now, that is. Today, we?re proud to free your selfies by launching Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE.
In addition, Greg Bullock also said that Gmail Shelfie was built on the idea that Gmail users shouldn?t be selfish with their ?selfie?. ?With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background,” Bullock wrote.
Looking back, the creator of Gmail, Paul Buchheit said in an interview ? that a lot of people thought Gmail was a bad idea. ?The concern was, this didn?t have anything to do with web search. Some were also concerned that this would cause other companies such as Microsoft to kill us.?
As it marks its 10th year, Alex Gawley, Gmail?s current product manager said, ?What makes the product what it is really is, ?comes from the continuous focus on the types of problems we?re trying to solve for our users. If you look back to 2004, the big problems email users were facing were: having to delete messages for lack of storage, not being able to find messages and crazy amounts of spam.? The challenge today, Gawley said is to make Gmail more action-oriented?which Google is currently doing.