AOL & Yahoo Mailbox Merger: It’s Done!

Verizon Media (aka Oath, aka Yahoo & AOL) folks report that the merger of the AOL user base into the Yahoo Mail infrastructure is complete! Congrats! I'm sure it was a long, hard road.

The bad way to do this would have been to keep the AOL accounts alive on some old, deprecated server cluster that people will eventually forget about, and some day it would crash and data would be lost. So while it was harder up front to immediately consolidate everyone onto one single platform, I'm definitely sure that in the long term, it's for the best.

When Gmail Was First Announced, People Thought It Was an April Fools' Joke

Gmail just turned 15 years old! Hard to believe that when it was announced on April 1, 2004, some people actually thought it was an April Fools' joke.

And now? Gmail's pretty much in charge of email. Don't count out Microsoft and Verizon (Yahoo), but most B2C senders will tell you that Gmail houses the largest single pool of subscribers that they send messages to.

And here's Google looking forward: Hitting send on the next 15 years of Gmail.