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Google Introduces Gmail Paper

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the finally-i-can-be-pc-free dept.

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nacturation writes "Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Now with Gmail Paper, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and it'll be sent to you in the mail. Photo attachments are printed on high-quality, glossy photo paper, and secured to your Gmail Paper with a paper clip. And it's totally free: the cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements printed on the back of every print."

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Mod me insightful for no special reason (0, Offtopic)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565683)

Come on. Come ooooooon.

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (5, Informative)

fondacio (835785) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565737)

Thanks! Maybe by posting this, now I can get modded informative for no particular [slashdot.org] , real [slashdot.org] or special reason.

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (0, Redundant)

Lorkki (863577) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566447)

Well, that was certainly Interesting.

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (3, Funny)

Eudial (590661) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565739)

I'm here to mod insightful and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta mod points.

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566075)

Hey buddy, can I bum a stick of gum?

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (4, Funny)

denver38 (1050472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565749)

What's next, Cowboyneal gets laid?

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (2, Funny)

VirusEqualsVeryYes (981719) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565763)

There needs to be a mod for unoriginality.

Oh, wait. There's one.

*click*

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (2, Funny)

sas-dot (873348) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565833)

I have rejected the service. I selected, 'I don't agree' button as they are not yet ready to print 'mp3' and 'mpeg' files...

Re:Mod me insightful for no special reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566633)

OMGWTFBRBASLRU18ORLYROTFLOLBBQ!!!1!!one!!

What? (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565689)

No Google stamps?

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566119)

It's a obviously an april fool

Google TiSP (5, Funny)

rchatterjee (211000) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565695)

Remember that your requests for Gmail Paper go through faster if you're a subscriber to Google TiSP [google.com] .

TiSP & Soft Google Paper - the perfect mash up (5, Funny)

NZheretic (23872) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565751)

When your finished reading, just select the amount of Google paper you require and tear along the pre-perforated line ...

Frankly, I cannot wait to tell my boss what I did with his last memo.

Re:TiSP & Soft Google Paper - the perfect mash (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565953)

"I cannot wait to tell my boss what I did with his last memo."

I've gotta tell my boss to hurry up with their memo writing, I HAVE TO GO!

Re:Google TiSP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565761)

{o,o}
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-"-"-
O RLY?



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Re:Google TiSP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566025)

Your comment looks too much like ascii art.
YA RLY!

They don't say, huh? I love the irony that the filter designed to block irrelevant rubbish can be gamed by padding it out with even more offtopic text; their own warning at that(!)

Re:Google TiSP (2, Funny)

julesh (229690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565773)

The best part of Google TiSP...

"Insert the TiSP installation CD and run the setup utility to install the Google Toolbar (required)" :)

Re:Google TiSP (1)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566235)

This is freaking hilarious stuff. From the FAQ:

You can also choose to request our professional installation service, which dispatches an army of factory-trained, sub-contracted nanobots from the TiSP Access Node. The nanobots travel with exhilarating nano-speed through the sewer system and into your home to perform the installation service, which should be complete within 15 minutes. Note: For your own physical safety and emotional well-being and in consideration of the nanobots' working conditions, please make absolutely certain that your toilet is unoccupied at the scheduled appointment time.

Linux gets no love (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566325)

From the FAQ [google.com]

What are the system requirements?

Windows XP/Vista (Mac and Linux support coming soon)


Linux doesn't even get any love as during an April Fool's joke...

I miss the ponies. (-1, Troll)

eddy (18759) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565703)

Is it really necessary to make the site completely useless one day of the year? Wouldn't it be better to just hang up the "Gone fishing" sign, and take the day off?

Re:I miss the ponies. (4, Funny)

linuxci (3530) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565727)

Is it really necessary to make the site completely useless one day of the year?

What day in particular is that? I'd like to see them make the site completely useful for one day of the year :)

It'd be a start

Re:I miss the ponies. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565747)

One day? It is more like 2 or 3 days if you account for people's April 1st's starting at different times due to differences in time zones.

Re:I miss the ponies. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565807)

Is it really necessary to make the site completely useless one day of the year?


Are you kidding? While I considered the attempt to attract girls with ponies in my blind bordem was a lame slashdot AFJ, it's actually the greatest thing in hindsight - ever since I entered the appropriate search terms in Google Images.

Re:I miss the ponies. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565827)

Is it really necessary to make the site completely useless one day of the year?

Yes.

Re:I miss the ponies. (1)

szundi (946357) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566215)

No!
I'm laughing for long minutes!
Let's make slashdot useless for one day! :)

Re:I miss the ponies. (1)

ethicalBob (1023525) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566367)

Um, This site is useless EVERY day of the year...

Beware of viruses (4, Funny)

MSRedfox (1043112) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565711)

I caught a nasty virus when I got a paper cut from a piece of Gmail paper spam.

Re:Beware of viruses (1)

ocean_soul (1019086) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565867)

Maybe they can send an envlope with anthrax if you ask a hardcopy of mail containig a virus...

weird quotes (2, Insightful)

Takichi (1053302) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565713)

"It's paper, plain and easy. I sometimes find myself wondering: what will Google think of next? Cardboard?" Bill K., Armchair Futurist
This must be an April fool's.

Re:weird quotes (3, Informative)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565951)

thanks for that insight, Captain Obvious.

Mod me flamebait for no particular reason (-1, Redundant)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565715)

No wait, stop! Never mind, I don't have to ask for it on April 1st (or any other day) to get my posts modded flamebait for no reason. [slashdot.org]

C'mon now... (4, Funny)

clifgriffin (676199) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565717)

This is the second time I've been fooled since getting to work an hour ago.

I can't be discerning at this ungody hour.

Other joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565779)

Google has released products on the 1st of April before, and today there's two product announcements:

* Google TiSP: Free 8/2Mbps asynchronous fibreoptic connectivity through your toilet.
* Google Paper: Print as much email as you like, and have it shipped to your door.

Personally, I find it hard to discern which one of these is most likely to be the joke, and which one is most likely to be the product. If I have to guess, Google Paper seems less serious, while Google TiSP seems serious, even if TiSP seems like a more expensive prospect (given the likely number of users). Also, I've seen no Paper Archive button. :)

Photos could almost be useful (2, Interesting)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565719)

...for people who don't have photo printers.

Re:Photos could almost be useful (4, Insightful)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565923)

Seriously. I -have- a photo printer, and with dealing with low-ink, misprints, misalignments, streaks, etc, I'd -gladly- let them put advertisements on the back of the photo. I'd even promise to look at them. Most of the time, I simply don't print any more, because it's just too much hassle. If a family-member asks me to print a picture, I just glare them down until they give up.

It's too bad this is a joke, because I think it might actually work. -sigh-

Re:Photos could almost be useful (2, Insightful)

Shawn is an Asshole (845769) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566707)

Photo printers, like all inkjets, are a scam. The companies gouge you for the ink. The quality is piss poor compared to real photos. The photo paper is seriously over priced. The very expensive ink runs and smears when it encounters any moisture. Etc.

I fell for this once, but never again. What I do now is have my digital photos printed. Snapfish does it for $0.15/photo. Walmart does it for $0.12/photo and you can upload it online and pick it up at a local store. What you get is a photo that looks exactly like what you'd get with film. Only you get to do some GIMPing to it first.

It's significantly cheaper doing it this way rather than printing it with a photo printer. I mean, not counting the paper, with $60 worth of ink I was about to print maybe 30 photos. And they looked like ass, plus often the ink would smear before it dried. That's compared to the $27 (shipping was $8 or something) I paid Snapfish for the 180 photos I took on my vacation last summer, all of which look great.

Re:Photos could almost be useful (1)

Germik (955292) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566763)

I know it would work. I do help desk-type work for a small center at Harvard where it's not uncommon for a professor to never touch a computer, though work with people who use e-mail every day. His assistant will print out the email and all related documents, leave it on his desk, wait for hand-written edits or replies, type it up, and send an e-mail back on his behalf.

With a service like this, they get high-quality printouts automatically. The only trick now is a service that will take hand-written text and doodles and make them realistically useful in e-mail. Images are huge, and OCR isn't there yet for a lot of these guys' handwriting.

Hint (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565721)

Watch the calendar: April 1st...

Re:Hint (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566061)

Stop messing with people. It's April 2nd.

Am I the only one...? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565731)

Haha, this is so funny, I am rolling on the floor laughing out loud. Ha. Ha. You really had me for a moment. I thought Google would actually do this. Then I remembered that it's April Fools day and realized my mistake. It's so hilarious. You owe me a new monitor, because I spat coffee all over mine when I laughed about myself. What a prank. Absolutely genius. I'll forward this to everybody because it's so freakin believable and comical at the same time. They'll love it. I love it. Can't believe you got me. Two thumbs up. I'm still laughing. Sooo funny.

Since when? (0, Redundant)

Luxifer (725957) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565733)

Since when does "kill trees" come under "do no evil"?
I hope they use recycled paper.

Re:Since when? (2, Informative)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565765)

They've got that covered:

But what about the environment?

Not a problem. Gmail Paper is made out of 96% post-consumer organic soybean sputum, and thus, actually helps the environment. For every Gmail Paper we produce, the environment gets incrementally healthier.



Proposal (3, Funny)

ceeam (39911) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565741)

May we have 32 days in March and then April, 2nd, please?

Re:Proposal (2, Funny)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565755)

May we have 32 days in March and then April, 2nd, please?

That's probably what they thought when introducing the daylight saving change "with a change in the calendar, we'll eradicate stupidity worldwide". Didn't work.

Re:Proposal (1)

miro f (944325) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565865)

well it would be more useful if daylight savings began on april fools day. At least then it'd go for one hour less...

No... (1, Funny)

Sirch (82595) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565805)

... because then I wouldn't have a birthday.

Which means no new gadgets for me.

Which means no more joy for me.

*Aw*

Did I mention I've got a kidney stone?

Is there a Mod +1 Needs Sympathy?

Re:No... (1)

thegnu (557446) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566157)

Did I mention I've got a kidney stone?

Is there a Mod +1 Needs Sympathy?


Ouch. I hear that it helps to eat watermelon with seeds and everything. And vicodin helps, too, I hear. ;-)

Good luck. Don't let anybody cut anything out of you. By "anybody" I mean "doctors"

Re:No... (1)

3p1ph4ny (835701) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567111)

Yes, because he should let someone who _isn't_ a doctor cut things out of him.

This is real (2, Informative)

Aqwis (1063190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565745)

This is no april fools joke (you heard it here first).

Re:This is real (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565799)

I think you might be right. Google does have an april fool but this is not it.

Re:This is real (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566099)

I was buying it until I read that it was made from "soybean sputum". Plant spit.

april fool (1)

aleph42 (1082389) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565753)

I love the testimonials on google's page: "Now that I have Gmail Paper, I understand the difference between labels and folders. I had one message with two labels, but when I tried to stick the paper version into two filing cabinets at the same time, it just wouldn't go." Mayumi M., Associate I'm so sending this link to everybody complaining about anything digital. You've got to admit, google sure makes cool april fools; the page looks really professional.

WASTE OF TIME {Re: april fool} (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566137)

Big waste of shareholders' money!

Re:april fool (1)

The-Ixian (168184) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566483)

Yeah, real professional...

Except for maybe the cheese-ball pictures. Every one of them is completely over-the-top and satirical.

Great but .. HOW DO I JOIN THE BETA PROGRAM??? (1)

schlumff (942706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565787)

Can someone please send me an invitation to imsolame@sillyme.org

Re:Great but .. HOW DO I JOIN THE BETA PROGRAM??? (1)

vulgrin (70725) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566589)

To get an invitation to Google Paper, you must send a SASE (Self addressed, stamped envelope) to Google at:

Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Once you get accepted to Google Paper, you will have 5 invitations that you can send out to your friends and family. You will receive these invitations as coupons in your first Google Paper shipment. You then simply mail these invitation coupons out to your family and friends (the coupon postcards MUST be postmarked for security purposes) and then they send the coupons to Google to begin receiving their Google Paper deliveries.

April Fool's Modding? (2, Insightful)

zaguar (881743) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565813)

Can I get an insightful mod for nothing? Come on...

Re:April Fool's Modding? (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565995)

Can I get an insightful mod for nothing? Come on...
This is Slashdot! You can get insightful comments for almost nothing any day of the week - especially when a MAFIAA story is posted.

Come on people, it's April fools day! Have a sense of humour!

Moo (2, Funny)

Chacham (981) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565817)

Quoth the article:

"Now that I have Gmail Paper, I understand the difference between labels and folders. I had one message with two labels, but when I tried to stick the paper version into two filing cabinets at the same time, it just wouldn't go."


Of course, Google Filing Cabinet, soon to be announced, does allow double filing by creating an ethereal copy for the second cabinet.

Fuck April Fools' (0, Troll)

AstrumPreliator (708436) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565843)

I don't mind the pranks and jokes on April 1st, I really don't. What I do mind is the fact that almost nobody does it well. I've seen some good pranks over the years but most sites - including slashshot - just post outrageous things that aren't worthy of being "pranks". Seriously, if you're going to post a bunch of garbage then just shut down the web servers for 24 hours during April 1st and save yourself some bandwidth.

Of course if you do post good pranks then you piss people off for not reporting identifiable jokes on a news site. You know what, just report real news all year, then people won't have to deal with horrible April Fools' jokes on April 1st (and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th here on Slashdot).

Re:Fuck April Fools' (1)

ResidntGeek (772730) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567005)

I agree. Remember when Gentoo announced they were switching portage to RPM in 2003?

Google sued in germany by company that does this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565847)

Er. Google in the EU has had problems using the name "gmail" - because there's a german company whose business model is to print off emails and post them to you called "g-mail". http://www.gmail.de/_content.php [gmail.de]

I knew it was a joke... (2, Informative)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565853)

I just wanted to say that I had forgot that today was the 1st but I got the joke (even without the OMG PONIES!!!!) or opening TFA (hell, I wouldn't do that on a regular day) - there was one massive tell; it was already ou of BETA, less than 100 years after they thought of the idea...

come one guys, this has to be believable

Re:I knew it was a joke... (1)

complete loony (663508) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566113)

Um, no. The box in the picture clearly says BETA.

One word... (1)

kalislashdot (229144) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565883)

Lame!!!

This will make some people a lot more comfortable (2, Funny)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565889)

I know people who really will benefit from GMail Paper. For example, Farmer Files has always been uncomfortable with normal Email and prefers paper mail. This will really help him.

From memory, he farms spaghetti on a farm in Switzerland that was featured on Panorama in the 1950s... :-)

Sate Government would love this (2, Funny)

linebackn (131821) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565901)

I know of some State Government agencies that would LOVE this! Of course they would most likely get talked in to using Microsoft paper instead, which locks you in to using only Microsoft Pens, Microsoft Staplers, etc.

On a side rant, it boggles my mind how everybody think putting something "on a computer" or worse yet "on the web" magically makes things better. Sometimes paper and pencil is the best solution.

Re:Sate Government would love this (1)

zegebbers (751020) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566761)

You can also only use microsoft paint *boom boom*

uuuh... (0, Offtopic)

TheCoop1984 (704458) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565947)

C'mon now, this is getting a bit lame. Bring back the ponies, I say...

Most depressing. April Fools. Ever. (3, Informative)

Channard (693317) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565949)

No, not this one, but while we are on the subject of April Fools, the BBC's article on April Fools reported that

"In Romania, during the Ceausescu era, one newspaper printed an article as an April Fool's joke saying all political prisoners were being freed. People started turning up at prisons and waiting for family and friends to be released. It didn't go down well when it was revealed to be a hoax."

I checked this wasn't a fool with in a fool, and it wasn't. This really happened. Jesus Christ, can you imagine that? A mother and her kids rushing along to the prison, the kids skipping along.. 'Yayy! We're going to get Daddy back!' And then to be told it was a joke. Easily the most depressing thing I've read about in weeks.

Re:Most depressing. April Fools. Ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566051)

How can any newspaper there have written such a thing? Political prisoners are never "political prisoners" in the country where they're imprisoned, aren't they usually convicted for treason or such?

Check your souces... (1)

Civil_Disobedient (261825) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566289)

I checked this wasn't a fool with in a fool, and it wasn't. This really happened.

Lemme guess... you clicked on this link [bbc.co.uk] , right? And then did a page search for "Ceausescu"? And there it was, almost verbatim:

"In Romania, during the Ceausescu era, one newspaper printed an article as an April Fool's joke saying all political prisoners were being freed," says Wainwright.

"People started turning up at prisons and waiting for family and friends to be released. It didn't go down well when it was revealed to be a hoax."

Did you happen to see the date on that BBC article?

Not an April fool. (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566551)

Yes, I did happen to see the date. Though you apparently didn't happen to actually read it. This is a list of past April Fools, not an April Fools itself. The Opinia hoax is referred to elsewhere, not just on that page.

Re:Check your souces... (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566607)

I think you ought to read his post one more time.

Doesn't work, no button to click. (1)

Teddy Beartuzzi (727169) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565957)

Must be US only initially. ;)

Excellent job (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565959)

The best thing about this very profesionally done April fools joke is that it's almost believable. Can advertising as described make for a viable business model? Why not? In any case kudos to the G people for a job well done: the photos of people smiling as they receive their packages had me spilling tea over my keyboard, almost.

Google is tricksy... (1)

gblues (90260) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566003)

Remember, it was April 1st when GMail itself was announced--leading myself and a few others to think it was a hoax. Of course, now I use GMail exclusively so I am very happy to be wrong. :)

This didn't immediately set off my hoax radar, either, until I read the details. At first I thought perhaps Google had improved the printing functions of GMail to look better when printed out; it wasn't until I saw others talking about it that I actually saw the details and knew immediately it was a joke.

What's scary? 10 years ago this idea would've been funded and seen as visionary.

Re:Google is tricksy... (1)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566959)

It probably was funded by some idiotic venture capitalist. There are companies that will print out files and send them in the mail. That's a viable business model insofar as they print out something that my Canon MP780 can't do, and they charge enough to cover the costs of doing so.

First Papers Misdelivered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566059)

They have delivered their first paper to a wrong person. The person who clicks (http://mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/more.html [google.com] ) is not the one who gets the parcel. Probably because of it being still beta.

What if my attachments are videos ? (1)

Lewrker (749844) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566065)

Will the wandering google theatrical troupe come and perform all my porn for me ?

The drink to end all drinks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566125)

Everybody should stop being so frustrated over all this April Fools stuff and buy some of this.

http://www.google.com/googlegulp/ [google.com]

Drink this an no joke will ever fool you again!

Folks--the tag says "April Fools" (1)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566159)

This is a bs story for april fools.

Not sure what to say. (1)

dbmasters (796248) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566227)

damn, I got nothin, this is just...

stupid.

I'm still holding out for....... (2, Funny)

Cnik70 (571147) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566285)

I'm still holding out for Apple iPaper :)

For those that DON'T have a gmail acct (1)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566357)

This is also on their login screen. Caught me for a moment as a.. how dumb of a new feature is that. Then I remembered..

REALLY.... (1)

gbh1935 (987266) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566421)

and today is april 1st!!!

Gmail Paper easy way to read spam (1)

Soltys (980516) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566575)

Now I can get my spam to my bed and read until I slept.

How much cost print 500 e-mails spam?

Actually, in India, they really do this. (1)

wwwrench (464274) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566587)

In India, there are actually services which print out email and deliver it. The infrastructure is a wonderful blend of electrons and meat-based delivery systems. Even the state postal service prints out email and delivers it [fastcompany.com] .

Copied from TFA, because it's priceless: (1)

sasdrtx (914842) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566593)

TiSP for Enterprise
We're actively developing a higher-performance version of TiSP specifically tailored to small and medium-sized businesses, including 24-hour, on-site technical support in the event of backup problems, brownouts and data wipes.

And because they'll probably remove it once Mrs. Grundy complains about the scatological humor.

Welcome to Gmail's April Fool's Day joke (1)

stanley_husky (979054) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566703)

for those that still didn't get it:

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/more.html [google.com]

besides that, i think that, if actually implemented, it would not only surelly find it's own market niche, but also would become as cool as terrifying. not terrific, but terrifying. think google 'absorbing' not only a big chunk of email, but also another big chunk of snail mail - or the postal system if you want. add government mandated custom 'filtering', china style. cool, huh? :S

Lol (1)

thetinguy (741157) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566799)

"For every Gmail Paper we produce, the environment gets incrementally healthier." What is up with Google and shitty April Fool's Day jokes?

Hottie (1)

Tihstae (86842) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566807)

Where did they get that hottie shown in step One (Click)? Is this a Gpr0n star?

Wait a minute. (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567051)

Wasn't GMail itself also released on April Fools' Day...?

Actually a service in rural India? (4, Interesting)

caryw (131578) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567183)

Trolling around the "upcoming" section of digg last night I found this:

"Oh this is so funny!!! Google tried to release an April Fool's joke today about Google Paper
- the ability to have your emails printed and sent via snail mail!

The problem they didn't realise is that in the latest issue of Fast Company, this ACTUALLY HAPPENS in India!!!

It's called the ePost service from the Indian post office. Now you have a Billion Indians who are thinking that this is a legitimate alternative to their ePost service - nice try Google, but next time, make sure your PR people read Fast Company!!"


Link to blog: http://www.vinnylingham.com/2007/04/massive-google -blunder-seriously-read-this.html [vinnylingham.com]
Link to article: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/113/next-world -class.html [fastcompany.com]

And no this definitely isn't my blog. And wtf, people being modded insightful just for asking? This must be April Fools day.
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Who says we love gmail? (1)

matt me (850665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567295)

Gmail can smell sometimes. When you press the back button to return to the inbox and it logs you out.

I hate to think of the Google web "operating system" where daring to press the back button turns it off.

And In Other News (0, Troll)

coyote4til7 (189857) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567361)

And in other news readers notice that (once again) every Slashdot posting on 4/1 is an April Fool's joke. Since April Fool's jokes arn't funny when you see them coming, no one is fooled. Commander Taco continues to laugh.

A better link (1)

ESqVIP (782999) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567371)

The summary should actually link to the main page [google.com] , as there's no way back to it from that subpage.

Slight Problem with their plan ... (2, Interesting)

i_wanna_be_a_scienti (1042298) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567457)

OK 8000 messages is equal to about 550 megabytes (including some attachments) Most people have multiple accounts - lets say 3 per person Most people have filled theirs up anywhere from 300 - 1000 megabytes (excluding attachments)(probably not true, but lets just say) so lets say that they have filled theirs up at about 800 megabytes per account so that is 2400 megabytes, or 34000 or so emails problem a. Where would you store it? problem b. How would they ship it easily? problem c. How many printers would they need? problem d. How long would it take to print all of these? problem e. What if they were to ask for, like it said in the article, 10000 COPIES OF EACH??? So, its all good and well that this is april fools :P
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