The addition of "web clips" to Google's Gmail service
is exciting news. Feeds are integrated nicely, easily accessed and quickly updated. My
pet peeves about this new feature are thus: 1. There is no way to
navigate your feeds. The forward and back buttons are present but there
is no method for choosing what you will view next, which leads to...2.
Some of the "web clips" are ads! The delivery of ads to that particular
portion of the user interface is obtrusive, and it is a disconcerting
move from a company I love to love.
Of course, Google has every right to do this. They are giving away
gigabytes of email storage. This type of free space allocation was
completely unheard of before Google upped the ante. However,
unwarranted ads via unwanted content could be the first steps in
leading some users to search elsewhere for web mail service, especially
now that that everyone else (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) has increased their storage capacity for account holders.
Think your gym dues are expensive?
Try paying $14,000+ for your workouts. Yes, the promise of a 4-minute
workout is tantalizing. However, the claim is just too hard to believe,
regardless of its validity.
During the final leg of an extremely long and unnerving commute home
today, I was stopped at a traffic light. Suddenly, the car in front of
me rolls down its passenger-side window, the passenger ducks and a
McDonalds' bag flies out of the car. Apparently, this enlightened
individual thought the pristine desert was a great place to toss their
trash. As my blood begins to boil, I notice the driver-side window roll
down and out flies bag #2. I almost lost it. What can this person be
thinking just mindlessly throwing their trash out the window of
their car - and McDonalds trash none the less!?!? The light turns green
and we proceed through the intersection. As I ponder the motivation for
such ignorant behavior the offending driver begins to slow down, puts
on their turn signal and turns...right into Wal Mart. Now it
starts to make sense. The disposable culture seems to hit new lows with
each passing day. I just happen to witness this throw-away mentality up
close and personal, and boy is it ugly!
Google's Gmail service has continuously raised the bar for web-based email. Now, they're throwing the bar away. Bottomless email inboxes means a permanent address for millions of people. And that's a great thing for Google.