Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

I get the feeling that all of Google's products were invented for Google to help streamline the way it does things. Gmail, Wave, GChat, Reader ... all of these things have the feel of "we didn't like what was existing in the ecosystem, so we made our own the way we like it."

... and that's a good thing.

I doubt that Google ever had the problem "how do we best show ads to internal email users". GMail was marketware from the start. That's neither good nor bad in and of itself, but let's be honest about why Google does anything.

Gmail was not marketware from the start. It was an internal tool to which ads were added later.

So the legend says.

Guidelines | FAQ | Lists | API | Security | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact