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Google's big opportunity

First, the thing to remember about Gmail is what a huge threat it posts to Yahoo and other sites. A huge percentage of the portals' traffic comes from email.

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Second, what's with that logo? I know, this isn't a design post, but still.

Third, Google's big chance:
What if Google decided to make a Google account cost $1 a year, and you had to use a valid credit card to pay for it?

And further, what if your Google email address had to include your real name?

And third, what if a violation of Google's anti-spam rules (I'm assuming they'll have some) would cost $20 per incident?

Suddenly, Google mail would become a gold standard. People would happily let it through the spam filters. You could trust it. People would become suspicious of anyone who used any other non-google online email service... "what, you're afraid of validating your account?"

That's what I would do.

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