UK based users of Google’s webmail service will be glad to hear that their email addresses are set to become a lot less clunkier.
Thanks to a trademark dispute over Gmail, UK users were forced to adopt the much lengthier @googlemail.com suffix.
But apparently this row has now blown over, leaving British folk free to change their email to @gmail.com if they so wish.
New users from now on will automatically get an @gmail.com account.
On the Gmail blog, Greg Bullock, a software engineer for the company, posted: “Since ‘gmail’ is 50% fewer characters than ‘googlemail’, we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day.”
“At about 217 microjoules per keystroke, that’s about the energy of 20 bonbons saved every day!”
That is, of course, 20 bonbons between the entire user base, before anyone goes off stuffing their face with sweets in the coming months.
We can see the tabloid headlines now: “Google causes obesity!” Well, if Facebook can cause syphilis…