Gmail Paper

By Deane Barker on April 1, 2007

About Gmail Paper: This is a little early to be an April Fools joke, so I have to assume it’s legitimate. Not it’s not — I just checked the calendar and was shocked to realize it’s April 1.

You can ask Google to send you a paper archive of all the email in your Gmail account (not really). They will print out all your email, pack them up, and ship them to you (nope). For free (not a chance).

Is it free? Yes. The cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica. No pop-ups, no flashy animations — these are physically impossible in the paper medium.

How about attachments? All part of the deal. Photo attachments are printed on high-quality, glossy photo paper, and secured to your Gmail Paper with a paper clip. MP3 and WAV files will not be printed. We recommend maintaining copies of your non-paper Gmail in these cases.

I’m still not convinced this isn’t a joke (oh, it is…). This “testimonial” seems a little too funny (for a reason):

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.

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Comments

  1. It is a joke, but it’s really really good because it’s almost convincing enough to be real. Heck, I know people who would love having that service. Spare the time of printing and the paper/ink cost.

  2. Now Gmail can proudly tell that they dare to contribute to the fun, the world already having. This is appreciable even if it is Aprill fool. How many big brands are having any such plans executed. till date.?

    Atleast we have got a hope that some day the technolgy will be able to make the life of the human imple and easy.

  3. Good work by Google team, When i first login i was very much surprised about the Gmail paper and It again shocked me with the Free broadband connection for home, which is a TiSP(Beta) by google.

                    Nice work buddy
    
  4. I’m just curious about the theme… Each of these if funny by itself, but when you combine the nature of TiSP with the Google paper which is “96% post-consumer organic soybean sputum”, well… ;-)

  5. I was dumb enough to believe it for a while. But we have to admit it sounds almost plausible.

  6. I read it REALLY early this morning (about 3 AM) when I was checking my email and I was like wow this is really cool. Then I realized that the paper archive button was nowhere to be seen, so I logged out and tried again. Nothing. I then slept a couple hours, remembered it was April fool’s day and was greatly saddened. I realized it would probably cost too much and the testimonials didnt seem plausible. Also, the sputum thing seriously gave it away and caused a rather strange image to appear in my head. So then I told my family… ^.^ Then I reminded them that it was April Fool’s Day. double ^.^ It would be cool if they would do that though. dreaming

  7. I was soooooo happy and excited about life after I read about Gmail Paper. The thing about printing image attachments to glossy paper really had me worshipping Google for a while. I almost cried real tears when I found out that it wasn’t true.

  8. I was soooooo happy and excited about life after I read about Gmail Paper. The thing about printing image attachments to glossy paper really had me worshipping Google for a while. I almost cried real tears when I found out that it wasn’t true.

  9. I was soooooo happy and excited about life after I read about Gmail Paper. The thing about printing image attachments to glossy paper really had me worshipping Google for a while. I almost cried real tears when I found out that it wasn’t true.

  10. I was excited abt this, and called out my colleagues that this is the new stuff from Google, and that we can print all photos for FREE… Tryin to figure out that button on my InBox, i searched the HELPpage to later find out that it was a POP for April 1st. Surprisingly today is April 2nd, when i checked it. If it was Aprils Fool’s day, this has been the best ever. But continuing after that day, its pretty annoying, Cos till date, Google beats Customer Satisfaction… Now, Google beats Customer Dissappointment.

  11. I cant believe i fell for it so bad.. i was ready to select all of my mail (which is wat.. 700+) and thought i was gonna beat everyone to this.. till i went to the privacy statement at the bottom of “about gmail paper” :

    Welcome to Gmail’s April Fool’s Day joke

    As you may have guessed, Gmail Paper is not a real product or feature of Gmail. No, we don’t plan on sending you boxes and boxes of your email in hard copy form.

    So, now that you know, here’s what you can do:

    * Send the joke to a friend you think will fall for it
    
    * Sign in to your Gmail account
    
    * Get a Gmail account (if you got this far and you don't have one already)
    

    darn.. why cant this be real..

  12. Don’t people expect this from Google on April 1? They’ve done it before (and it’s been just as funny)… remember “Google Gulp (Beta)?”

  13. i’m dumb enuf to believe this… i realized it after reading in the blog.. anyways google rocks.. it can make any one fool..!!

  14. By the way,google announced gmail on april 1 2004 and this also seems possible and google normally has only one april fools joke a year(TisP).In 2004 they launched gulp and gmail,out of which gulp was for the fools

  15. wow im dumb.. dudes i’ve been excited about gmail paper for a while, even bragged to my hotmail, yahoo friends about it. The sad thing is that its june now and I just realized how gullible I am by googleing “is gmail paper real?” and then reading this blog here … Those google dudes /dudets are crazy! .. Vivek who commented above is right read more on wikipedia here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmail . Well i still love google and give them credit for another good april fools joke. Those guys are definitley cooler & smarter than me :P

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