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Gmail Becomes World's Top Email Service

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Google's email service received 287.9 million unique worldwide visitors in October.

Google's Gmail has overtaken Hotmail as the world's most-used email service, according to website traffic tracker ComScore.

Data released by ComScore confirmed that Gmail experienced 287.9 million unique worldwide visitors last month, while Microsoft's Hotmail received 286.2 million unique visitors during the period. Following Hotmail in third place was Yahoo, boasting 281.7 million unique visitors, according to ComScore.

Comparatively, Yahoo enjoyed 76.7 million unique visitors in the United States, while Gmail was second with 69.1 million and Hotmail with 35.5 million.

ComScore's figures quashes any doubt that Google is the world's top email service provider. In the summer of 2011, Google claimed to be the largest email service based on internal numbers, but the search engine giant didn't back up its claim with third-party data.

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    echondo , November 5, 2012 12:07 AM
    I just love the ease of access with Gmail and YouTube integration. If I sign into my Gmail, I'm signed into my YouTube! Multiple sign ins are a hassle and this is already a lovely combination!

    Love the layout and ease of use as well. Keep going Google! Now all I need from you is Google Fiber :|
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    kracker , November 5, 2012 12:12 AM
    Go Gmail! :D 
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    echondo , November 5, 2012 12:07 AM
    I just love the ease of access with Gmail and YouTube integration. If I sign into my Gmail, I'm signed into my YouTube! Multiple sign ins are a hassle and this is already a lovely combination!

    Love the layout and ease of use as well. Keep going Google! Now all I need from you is Google Fiber :|
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    kracker , November 5, 2012 12:12 AM
    Go Gmail! :D 
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    joytech22 , November 5, 2012 12:13 AM
    Gmail is also linked to all of your other Google services, so it is MUCH more convenient to have an account with them if you use their features a lot (Like Android users).

    Hotmail is linked to 2-3 services.. Sure my main E-Mail account is using Hotmail(Outlook, whatever they made it now) but it isn't as interconnected as Google's option.
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    ushyperion , November 5, 2012 12:25 AM
    I'm surprised so many people still use hotmail... It's nothing but spam. GMAIL FTW
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    eklipz330 , November 5, 2012 12:27 AM
    wow i'm surprised people use those other ones. i honestly thought gmail was wiping the floor with everyone else right now. i have completely abandoned those other email sites.
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    unksol , November 5, 2012 12:56 AM
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    I'm surprised so many people still use hotmail... It's nothing but spam. GMAIL FTW


    Hotmail has nothing to do with spam. That's all the user. If you pick an obvious account or give it out like an idiot you will be spammed. On any provider. Period.

    I have a "real" gmail account, an old private hotmail account, another old hotmail account used for business sign ups/internet purchased that I can always abandon, and a work email. Had them for YEARS. NONE have ever been spammed because I don't hand them out to just anyone.

    The only place I have ever gotten spammed was my college assigned email.
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    olaf , November 5, 2012 1:22 AM
    ushyperionI'm surprised so many people still use hotmail... It's nothing but spam. GMAIL FTW


    +1 on that ....

    @unksol also explain to me how i got wow related spam and later on diablo 3 with an email account associated solely with bnet...
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    bllue , November 5, 2012 1:30 AM
    echondoI just love the ease of access with Gmail and YouTube integration. If I sign into my Gmail, I'm signed into my YouTube! Multiple sign ins are a hassle and this is already a lovely combination!

    I hate it for that. I use gmail for shopping accounts and I don't want google data mining what videos I watch nor what type of searches I do. What information they sell to profit from I don't want it to be specific to this account. For other things (game accounts, mailing lists, etc) I've used hotmail for years and haven't had any issues with rampant spam. Like unksol said, spam is not tied to what type of account but the user. I get more spam on gmail than hotmail and that's probably because one of the sites I have an account with probably sold my information (scumbags) to third parties. It's just one or two spam emails once every other day but I seem to get em more often on gmail.
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    chrisjust98 , November 5, 2012 1:37 AM
    bllueI hate it for that. I use gmail for shopping accounts and I don't want google data mining what videos I watch nor what type of searches I do. What information they sell to profit from I don't want it to be specific to this account. For other things (game accounts, mailing lists, etc) I've used hotmail for years and haven't had any issues with rampant spam. Like unksol said, spam is not tied to what type of account but the user. I get more spam on gmail than hotmail and that's probably because one of the sites I have an account with probably sold my information (scumbags) to third parties. It's just one or two spam emails once every other day but I seem to get em more often on gmail.


    Then sign out when you're doing everything else but shopping. It isn't that hard. Besides, you use Google accounts for shopping, but you're worried about what videos you're watching and what you're searching for. Really? I'd think it would be the other way around.
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    sun-devil99 , November 5, 2012 1:38 AM
    My college uses the Gmail 'system' for our student email accounts. Even though it is @maricopa.edu email address it still behaves like Gmail.
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    tomfreak , November 5, 2012 1:53 AM
    yahoo mail sucks, it always have this "keep me signed in" checked, despite I unchecked it for once. The next time i revisit, I have to uncheck again.

    It seems those idiots in yahoo think u should be keep ur login detail in public computer.
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    fuzzion , November 5, 2012 1:58 AM
    I use GMAIL for professional services and Yahoo for porn,etc.
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    shovenose2 , November 5, 2012 2:02 AM
    Yahoo mail sucks. Gmail is horrible. Hotmail is the best :)  the new outlook.com is even better!
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    CocoHacker , November 5, 2012 2:38 AM
    Gmail is by far the best email provider. Though the new outlook.com intrigues me. Good luck to those still stuck up with yahoo.
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    Thomas Creel , November 5, 2012 2:40 AM
    I'm sticking with Yahoo! for now. Have all my stuff on there.
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    gm0n3y , November 5, 2012 2:59 AM
    I'm surprised that so many people still use Hotmail and Yahoo. I guess these are just people that have had accounts with them forever. Gmail has had a vastly better interface since it's initial launch.

    The new 'Outlook' version of Hotmail is actually pretty decent though. I still prefer Gmail, but Hotmail is a lot better than it used to be. Yahoo is still crap though. (I have accounts with all 3 of them, though I rarely use the yahoo one).
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    biggiebody , November 5, 2012 3:12 AM
    i have accounts with all three of the major ones. I use yahoo as my main, I'm using the yahoo classic look, guess its because I'm familiar with it and don't need anything fancy. I like gmail, but yahoo mail provides everything I need to I don't need to change. I absolutely hate hotmail, I get bombarded with spam, I barely get any spam with yahoo or gmail. BTW I give my school email to everyone which is linked to my yahoo account yet my hotmail account gets tons of spam no matter how many times I label emails as junk. IMO hotmail is by far the worst of them all.
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    CocoHacker , November 5, 2012 3:15 AM
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    I'm sticking with Yahoo! for now. Have all my stuff on there.


    Move on Thomas. Its quite simple nowadays to import/export contacts n stuff. Use mail forwarding to your new account, until it becomes your primary mail id.
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    olaf , November 5, 2012 3:17 AM
    i dislike yahoo its just sooo damn bloated ... and cumbersome... i have everything on Gmail now ... i stopped using hotmail back when it was limiting you to 25mb's and all the spam would get tru :) 
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    alidan , November 5, 2012 4:08 AM
    and i use html gmail because i hate what they did to the normal gmail with the new look.
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