Why Gmail launch was sensational ?

Gmail was launched on 1st April 2004 to a limited number of people and it was invitation only. Many people thought it as April Fool’s joke. Time says Gmail launch was beginning of the modern era of the web.Have you ever thought what it was like when Gmail was started?

  • First milestone that Gmail set was storage limit. During those days Hotmail and Yahoo mail were primary internet email providers. In those days these providers have email quota of 2 MB to 5 MB. People used to delete their message just to keep their mail box under limit. People used to delete their email if it consist of attachments just to keep their mailbox size under limit. Google gave 1 GB of storage per email account. That was crazy idea that time.Google came up with idea to keep all your message intact.
  • Second thing that Gmail differentiated from other competitors was conversational view of email messages. Messages were arranged with subject in one thread. It gave better view of relevant messages.
  • Use of AJAX was a big improvement from conventional web email providers. AJAX allowed to load new emails without reloading the page. Before Gmail Hotmail or Yahoo had to load complete page for each user interaction. If you are not from tech world, AJAX stands for asynchronous JavaScript and XML. With Ajax, web applications can send data to and retrieve from a server asynchronously (in the background) without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page.
  • Gmail had community driven spam detection and Gmail used to have less spam and no pop-up ad.
  • Contextual advertising – Gmail came up with idea of displaying contextual advertising besides emails. Gmail program scans email messages and display advertisement related to keywords in email. It created huge noise from some privacy advocates. They said people who send email to Gmail users aren’t aware of the fact that someone [machine] would read their message to display contextual ads. Google came up with explanation that all email providers scans email for spam and virus so there is nothing new in scanning emails for contextual advertisement.They also clarified that no human being reads these email only machines [computers] do that. 
  • POP Support – POP stands for Post office Protocol, using POP3 protocol desktop email clients can download email from remote server.Gmail supported POP3 protocol from day 1,while their competitor didn’t provide it for free, because they were afraid that if they allow POP support people will desert their web version email support. Google was so confident about their web version that they supported POP from day 1.
  • Improved Search – Gmail provided ability to search your mailbox using keywords / operands  at lightning speed relative to other mail clients.
  • Invitation only launch – Gmail was invitation only when it started and after a few weeks Gmail gave their existing users invitations so that they could invite their family or friends.During those days it created so much buzz that people were paying even 60 USD to get an invite. Some people started selling those invites on Ebay. Geek.com has a story about these invites being sold on Ebay.

All in all launch of Gmail was a new era of internet world. When you had first Gmail account? Did you have Yahoo or Hotmail account before that?

How to use Google Docs to convert files in old office format

Now you can download Google Docs in new office format like docx. For some reason Google has discontinued support of old MS Office doc format in “download as” menu. However, if you want to convert Google docs to old office format like .doc, you can use “email as an attachment”. You would have to choose “attach as” for proper application.

If it is doc you should choose “attach as”, “Microsoft Word”. In mail the file that will arrive would be in old doc format.

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Post Facebook update on Twitter

There are plenty of Apps which can post your twitter update to Facebook. I am avid Facebook user and I don’t want that, instead I want my Facebook message to be posted on twitter. Facebook new feature has made it easy.


1. Go to your “account setting” on Facebook.


2. Now go to “subscribers”



3.  At the bottom you would find Twitter – Connect a twitter account. Click “Edit”

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A button will appear “Link profile to twitter”. Click on that

4. A twitter page will appear “ Authorize Facebook to use your twitter account”

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5. You would be redirected to a page with message your Facebook Profile is now linked with twitter.Additionally you may choose what you want to appear on Twitter and save it.

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Happy twitting via Facebook.

What is a Domain Name ?

[Disclaimer : The article doesn't deal into technical part of domain name, but an overview for people who wants to know more about domain names. It will be also an introduction, if you are looking to invest in domain names.]

You are reading this on internet, you visit different websites everyday. Almost, all the time you use domain names. Surprised? So, what you do when you want to search something on internet? Most likely you visit some search engine like Google, by typing http://www.google.com in your internet browser’s address bar. right?

Now, let’s analyze what you did just did to search on Google.  You typed http://www.google.com . This is a web address, also known as URL (Uniform Resource Locator).

Let’s analyze this URL from right to left, com is Top Level Domain Name, google is Second Level Domain Name, www is Third Level Domain Name, in this context also a hostname.Each level of domain name is separated by dot (.).Each level of domain can have theoretically, infinite number of sub-domains and infinite level of subdomains.These top level domains (TLDs) are categorized as gTLD (Global TLD) or ccTLD (Country Code TLD). Global TLD are those which is directly contracted by ICANN and anyone in world can register a domain name under most of gTLD.ccTLD rights are delegated to respective countries. It’s possible the country in turn can put restriction or about availability for it , to be registered by someone from other geographical area.

Global Top Level Domains(gTLD) - .com,.net,.org,.info,.biz etc Less than 20 gTLD  more than 20 gTlds exists. (Thanks to Samit http://twitter.com/mwzd for correction)

Country code Top Level Domain - .in,.de,.us,.be etc – More than 200 ccTLD exists.


  • ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a non profit organization who are responsible to manage Top Level domain(TLD) name space (DNS root zone).
  • Top level domain name Registry – ICANN appointed body (mostly contracted) for Top Level Domains that manages and maintains domain registration data for respective Top Level Domains (TLD).
  • Domain Name Registrar – As per WikiPedia A domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity, accredited by a generic top-level domain registry (gTLD) and/or by a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry, to manage the reservation of Internet domain names in accordance with the guidelines of the designated domain name registries and to offer such services to the public.

Keyword-Extension Model for explaining registration of domain name

All gTLD domain names can be registered at Second Level domain name like Google.com, att.net,wikipedia.org etc (Here, Google, att and wikipedia are keywords and .com,.net,.org are extensions). However,some ccTLD registry allow registration at third level domain instead of second level domains. Like UK allows registration like google.co.uk, example.co.uk (Here google and example are keywords while .co.uk is extension, which is in turn second level domain ). A few countries allow registration at second level domain and third level domain at the same time. Like Indian extension .in, you can see domains like ebay.in and google.co.in. Although ebay is second level domain and google is third level domain in this example, for domaining term one can say ebay and gooogle are keywords while .in and .co.in are extensions.

Why Domain Names

You would be surprised to know that internet data does not travels based on domain names but numerical representation of it, called IP Address. Format of a typical IP address When you request a page using URL, Domain name is resolved by DNS server to an IP address.As you can think of, remembering something with IP address would be not easy. That is the reason domain names were invented.Its very easy to remember Insurance.com, Business.com etc, but it would be difficult to remember or There are other technical aspect as well about co-relation of domain name and IP address, but easier recall value of Domain Names over IP address is prime reason why domain names exists.

What you get when you decide to register a domain name

You may register an available domain between 1 to 10 years for most of the extension. What you get is exclusive rights to use the domain name for period of registration and renewal date. You can sale this right to other person or entity by transferring the exclusive right to use the domain name. The domain which are already registered and sold to other entity as new “owner” is known as buying or selling in secondary market. Secondary market is also sometime called as “aftermarket”.

If you are looking for detail about the topics of Domain Name and URL, you may visit following links.




Hope, you got pretty good idea about “what is a domain name”. Please post your comments and questions using comment section of this post.Happy Domaining!!

Bye-Bye to Google Adsense For Domains

I am not a huge fan of Google Adsense for domains, I had parked couple of names for testing purpose and they were not doing it better than other parking companies. In fact, stats were worse that Sedo or Bodis. I thought they never wanted to compete with parking companies, may be the parking revenue for Google is small compared to their total revenue. Also, it was sort of conflict of interest with partner parking companies. Today, I received communication from Google that they are shutting down, business of Adsense for domains, directly. They will continue to do so, through partner companies. Couple of months back Google banned most my parked domains from their network. Not sure how to interpret this development, in that sense.

This is what I received

SUB : Retiring AdSense for Domains in your account


We’re contacting you because you’re using AdSense for Domains to monetize your undeveloped domains. After evaluating the benefits of our partner network, we’ve decided to retire the Hosted domains product within AdSense. Going forward, undeveloped domains will only be served through our existing AdSense for Domains distribution network.

Our records show that 9 of your Hosted domains will be affected by this upcoming change, which will follow the schedule below:

  • March 21: You’ll no longer be able to create new Hosted domains
  • April 18: Hosted domains will become inactive and it’ll no longer be possible to earn from them
  • June 27: Hosted domains will no longer be available in AdSense accounts

    To continue monetizing your undeveloped domains, you can migrate your domain portfolio to any domain parking provider. Find out how in our Migration Guide:

    Please note that this upcoming change won’t affect any other AdSense products you’re currently using or the availability of other products to you. In addition, reporting on your Hosted domains will remain available throughout the schedule above and for a period following the retirement.

    For more information see the Help Center. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your patience as we continue to develop new features and offerings within AdSense.


    The Google AdSense Team

    © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043.

    You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your AdSense product or account.


    Have you parked domains using Adsense for domains? What were your experience?