Googlemail can finally be Gmail in the UK

Darren Allan

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…

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Comments in chronological order (5 comments)

  1. Handle says:

    Hey TechWatch,
    Technically, I could always e-mail at ‘my.name@googlemail.com’ aswell as ‘my.name@gmail.com’ So not really much of a change.

  2. James Smith says:

    I have been a gmail user since the beta and made a new gmail account last year. This ended with googlemail.com I found I could email myself from other accounts with the ending gmail.com as soon as the email was activated I am from the UK so this is not new to me and probably google just didn’t advertise the fact that googlemail = gmail. I have use this ending all the time with sites like facebook and secondary emails for other mail providers.

  3. Christian says:

    I’ve been using gmail for months when I set up it was googlemail but i got told I could shorten it to gmail and have been doing so for months i still get my email so go figure?

  4. Carl Barron says:

    If ‘Googlemail’ would allow you to create folders But because you cannot create folders it just looks an absolute mess.

  5. Steve says:

    Considering your most likely going to be typing a few emails, a couple of characters wont make much difference!

    Carl re folders - I agree with you but google may disagree given that their search engine will ‘manage’ all your emails!

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