Paul Buchheit, Gmail Engineer on Google Blog today reminds us that
It’s difficult to pin down the exact origin of email, but in October 1971, an engineer named Ray Tomlinson chose the ‘@’ symbol for email addresses and wrote software to send the first network email.
I’d already forgotten that it was about 18 months ago when Google …
rolled out the first release of Gmail. It immediately became known for giving away 1000 MB of storage
Since then GMail has added various useful features and others have found interesting ways to use its generous storage, such as gDisk. There’s more in store for us yet though:
We also have a new batch of exciting innovations on the way that we hope will shake things up again and make Gmail even better for even more people.
[Via Google Blog – Live.]
Oh, and if you don’t have a GMail account and would like an invite just let me know.