• PStrohm

    Well done Danny.

  • bl0ckhead

    I’m more concerned with being “Scroogled” by Google Panda & Penguin. Screw Google.

  • thomaso del kuzmano

    please Google: read my mail and apply that googly “magic” and make something useful like Google Now. Thank you Google for being Google.

  • Stace Dumoski

    I kinda feel bad for the marketing people who have to pitch this message. The video, in particular, seems to drip with the knowledge of the hypocrisy.

  • Marc Razia

    How many of those 6000 are likely Zune toting Microsoft devotees?

    I know, Google has their own nutjob fanbase, but given how many people work at Microsoft I’d have expected this thing would have far exceeded 25k in the first day. This is a total non story (although still interesting, thanks for posting Danny : )

  • Vandré Brunazo

    The definition of Good and Bad, according to Microsoft:

    - Reading your email: Good
    - Using your information to display ads: Good
    - Using the information from your email to display ads: BAD!!!

    I mean….

  • http://www.franklinmcmahon.com Franklin McMahon

    I like the irony in the ad tracking. It reminds me of one of my favorite headlines from The Onion: “Is Your Privacy Being Invaded? A Hidden Camera Investigation”

  • http://twitter.com/alexcliff0rd Alex Clifford

    Evidently this isn’t enough for people to make the switch.

    Gmail is a far superior product to Outlook… and probably always will be. I’m happy with Google, even if they do scan my emails to show relevant ads. So what?

  • Ewan Heming

    Maybe Microsoft should have added GMail as a negative placement in their AdWords campaign, as this doesn’t look very good: https://www.ewanheming.com/2013/02/search-marketing/dont-get-scroogled-get-free-ads

  • keaner

    “We know you are in cohoots with the CIA and NSA” to be honest, this isn’t far fetched at all. If i am the GOV and i know Gmail and Facebook have access to track almost a billion people, locations, messages,info, etc. then I would definitely be talking to them. The NSA could own google and we would never know :).

    *Takes off tin foil hat*

  • Pat Grady

    Saw ad on TV last night for this.

  • Michael O’Neal

    A great resource. I’ve always known that Google’s algorithms search through my email for keywords to match with advertisers so that they can give me advertising that pertains to me. This debate has got me to thinking more about it.

    Now, if there is something that I am interested in, I send myself a Gmail, being sure to include keywords that pertain to that interest, so I receive offers and advertising for things I care about instead of ads for loosing belly fat or learning a new language overnight.

    Try it. You will find your email page much more interesting and relevant. I have found some great products that I never knew existed.

  • Michael O’Neal

    I suppose most are aware of Microsoft’s scroogled FUD campaign against Google. MS is encouraging people to sign a petition on the petition site ‘Care2′ to bolster their misleading claims.

    According to the folks at care2:
    ​Care2 is ​ ​the largest online community of people making a difference in healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.

    I do not see how a MS FUD campaign against Google meets the above standards and have started a petition on Care2 chastising Care2 for promoting Fear Uncertainty and Doubt.

    Please sign and encourage others that consider deceitful promotions a travesty against truth. 

    ​The link to this petition is: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/346/718/630/care2-is-a-microsoft-shill/

  • Chris

    Gmail is free. How do you expect Google to provide the service if there is no advertising? If I have to look at ads, I’d rather them be about something that interests me.

  • Ross Kantorov

    Funny, but Microsoft itself uses advertising in GMail. See Pic

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4kDJ8W5sBiDYU4yNEVXNWxZU1U/edit?usp=sharing

  • Vic

    Danny,

    did 100% of Google users see and understood the ads? If so your stat is meaningless and misleading. Why didn’t say that 0.0000000001 of the world’s population, it even better for Google

  • Sean F. Kennedy

    I am logging in through G+ to make this comment. I have had gmail since July of 2004. In that first message (that I still have due to gmail’s generous storage) Google told me:

    “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.”

    Google changed webmail with granting huge amounts of space and free POP3 and IMAP. Microsoft and Yahoo were left to catch up. Microsoft is pushing Outlook but you don’t hear mention of Hotmail, do you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-IamTiger-Lee/1226295331 Anthony IamTiger Lee

    109,000 signatures now…

  • me

    Let them make money as much as they want, as long as i as a customer I am pleased with their product: Gmail is simple, easy, clean and more important bugs and hacking free. Never had a problem in years, if they want to scan key words so be it, in which way is that going to affect me? People are just stupid and there is always a wicked business to manipulate them. Some idiots believe there is a whole team at Google who are paid to stay at work 8-10 hours and get through each of their emails (maybe laugh and make fun while having a beer of what they read there).

  • ATribeCalledWes

    Well Google is an ad company. That’s what ad companies do. I use Google products (some paid some free) but I make no mistake that they subsidize everything with ads, and everything they develop is with selling ads in mind or from the fruits of ad money. If that’s what Microsoft is educating the market on, I’ve got no problem with the campaign. People could just as easily look at Googles SEC filings and see this is a fact.