Gmail, the planned free e-mail service from Google, could be facing strong legal opposition in California. Another over-zealous, headline groping politician, Liz Figueroa of Freemont, California, apparently has a problem with Google and is taking a pot-shot at a company that owns the most popular internet property of all time. Google has the potential to be the next Microsoft, but not if people like Figueroa have anything to say about it.
In a brilliant move, Google has announced a free email service dubbed Gmail, offering users more storage space than they can possibly imagine using; 200 times as much as Yahoo!’s service – a full gigabyte of space! The catch is that Gmail’s computers will scan emails for keywords and place targeted advertising next to the message. This same strategy saved search engines from financial doom when Google (mimicking GoTo.com’s revolutionary concept) started placing targeted advertising next to search results, based on search keywords.
Senator Figueroa may not like the sound of a computer scanning her email for keywords and pushing back ads based on certain algorithms, but there are millions of people who understand there is nothing to fear and are eagerly awaiting this service. For this woman to push a law banning this service is beyond ignorance – it exposes her hatred of an amazingly successful private enterprise.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT – DON’T USE IT! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BAN OTHERS FROM USING GMAIL!
Tell Senator Figueroa to keep her ignorant laws out of cyberspace. Email her at Senator.Figueroa@sen.ca.gov.
California State Senate
D-Fremont (District 10)