Google Typo Leads To Speculation About 1 Terabyte Of Gmail Storage

from the rumors-swirling dept

Someone submitted a note to Techdirt Tuesday afternoon noting that their Gmail account usage bar at the bottom of the page showed the limit to be 1000000 MB (approximately 1 terabyte) rather than the advertised 1 gigabyte (though, actually that reminds me of an annoying aside: Google keeps claiming 1 gigabyte of storage, but 1 gigabyte is actually 1024 MB and not the 1000 MB they show, which even Google will tell you). I checked my own Gmail account, and indeed, it showed the approaching terabyte level of storage. A quick note to a friend at Google confirmed the obvious: it was a mistake. However, that hasn't stopped rampant speculation to run around the internet - to the point that even News.com(.com) has written an article about it. Also, one juicy rumor about the fix: before they fix this error, they're making sure that no one actually has gone over the gigabyte storage level. Update: It's really amazing just how many people have naturally assumed that Google must have raised the storage levels to one terabyte. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Google has officially stated that this is a bug. The service will offer 1 gig, as promised. Update 2: Funny to see News.com rewriting history. The article has been changed to reflect the fact that this was just a glitch - but the article doesn't admit that News.com first reported it as if it weren't.

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  1. identicon
    Ed, 19 May 2004 @ 8:22am

    Re: 1 Gigabyte **is** 1000MB!!

    I'm not saying that I like it, but that's the way it is. Words are always defined by their usage, not by their dictionary entries (which only document current usage) and the most prevalent use so far of the term gigabyte has been to describe hard disk capacities. Certainly now that it's becoming more common to talk about gigabytes of RAM or gigabytes per unit time of bandwidth, the 8% difference between 2^30 and 10^9 becomes more of a problem and the commonly-understood meaning of GB may change.

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