May 19, 2004 9:50 AM PDT

Google fleetingly offers some 1,000GB

Google raised storage limits for some users of its e-mail service by a factor of 1,000, but the change was a glitch the search engine company is working to reverse.

Several users of the search engine's Gmail Web-based e-mail service noticed Tuesday that their storage limits had quietly been raised to 1 million megabytes, or 1 terabyte. That's four times the typical capacity of a new high-end PC's hard drive.

"It was a bug. We are working to fix it," said Google spokesman Nate Tyler. "Gmail offers users 1 gigabyte of storage."

Detroit resident Rajiv Vyas, who has been using Gmail for about a month, was wowed by the change. "It's great. Although I am not sure what I will do will all this memory," he said. "In the long run, it would help me store not only photos but every file on my desktop. This is 10 times more (storage space) than what I have on my office or home PC."

Others who spotted the change posted notices to Web logs and Web sites.

On Wednesday, though, several users reported their limits were lowered back down to 1GB. "I was one of the people who had been given a terabyte of e-mail space. I sent an email to a friend, looked down, and it had been reduced back down to 1000MB," one Gmail user wrote in an e-mail to News.com.

Google triggered a rush to offer more storage space for Web-based e-mail services with the April announcement of 1GB of capacity. The move pressured the dominant Web-based e-mail service providers, Yahoo and Microsoft's Hotmail, which currently charge subscribers $10 to $50 per year for a much smaller amount of e-mail storage space.

Yahoo responded to Gmail with a plan for 100MB of space. In the United Kingdom, Lycos is moving to offer 1GB for a fee. And the Macintosh-focused competitor Spymac offers 1GB at no cost.

Gmail's liberal storage limits may be popular, but the service's terms triggered privacy concerns because of Google's plan to scan the content of e-mail messages in order to serve up targeted advertisements.

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Well think about it for one second
As strange as it sounds but at 1 terabyte think how many files people would have in common and what that really means. Think how many duplicate there would be on the massive storage network. So why wouldnt you be smart and just save one copy and then create a "virtual" for every user that has received or emailed this file.

WOW, then take this to the next extreme, Google - Archive of every digitial document / software / music / video / applicaton, etc.

UPLOADING: Wow you wouldnt need to. You would only have to proove to google that you have a copy of this file, then kaZam, this virutal file would appear in your email directory. Because Google would most likely have a copy of this file already.

So if have the space, then the possibilities are close to endless.

Of course my theory starts to break down if you upload home movies and videos. but if you email it to your friends that have gmail accounts, then you only send them a link to your vidoe. This way files are not duplicated, the largest pit fall of email.

They may as well offer everyone a GoogleByte of space on their servers. I want quote rights on the GoogleByte?
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