Google’s Approach to Email

by Jim Hayes on May 15, 2011

While cleaning up my inbox tonight I found my very first email from Google’s gmail team way back on 9/10/2004.  One of my co-workers at Raytheon told me about this new email service from Google and said he would send me an invite if I wanted one.  At the time I had both a stellar AOL email address as well as one from college and liked the idea of an address not tied to an internet provider or school.

I had no idea how much I would love Gmail or how that small decision would impact my adoption of technology later down the road.  Read the original email from the Google Team below (pretty interesting to see how far it has come).

When did you first sign up for gmail?

—————–Email from Google——————————–

from Gmail Team
to Jim Hayes <>
date Fri, Sep 10, 2004 at 2:08 PM
subject Gmail is different. Here’s what you need to know.

First off, welcome. And thanks for agreeing to help us test Gmail. By now you probably know the key ways in which Gmail differs from traditional webmail services. Searching instead of filing. A free gigabyte of storage. Messages displayed in context as conversations.

So what else is new?

Gmail has many other special features that will become apparent as you use your account. To help you get started, we encourage you to visit our Help Center, there you can browse frequently asked questions, read our Getting Started guide, or contact the Gmail User Support Team. You’ll also find information in the Help Center on such topics as:

  • Importing your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail
  • Using address auto-complete
  • Setting up filters for incoming mail
  • Using advanced search options

You may also have noticed some text ads or related links to the right of this message. They’re placed there in the same way that ads are placed alongside Google search results and, through our AdSense program, on content pages across the web. The matching of ads to content in your Gmail messages is performed entirely by computers; never by people. Because the ads and links are matched to information that is of interest to you, we hope you’ll find them relevant and useful.

We’re working hard during our limited test to improve Gmail and make it the best webmail service around. Thanks for taking the plunge with us. We hope you’ll enjoy Google’s approach to email.

The Gmail Team

P.S. You can sign in to your account any time by visiting


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Tim Greiving May 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

My first gmail email is dated 9/14/2004 (though I wasn’t prescient enough to archive my very first email from the G-team). Looks like we signed up right at the same time. I remember wading into the exotic waters of gmail…It is amazing the chain of events such a move created.

Cheryl Smith October 31, 2011 at 8:48 am

I wish I had saved my first gmail message. I’m on my third address now, so I guess that would be hard to find…

Cleaning out emails since 2004? Now that’s a hoot!

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