Google's always innovating, right? Thinking up new and different ideas that we the users of the Internet desparately need? Check out Gmail's newest innovation
It's never before seen, it's innovative, it's brilliant, it's... a delete button. Yes, that's right, for those of you who don't have a Gmail account, this is a new thing for Gmail, although it seems painfully obvious at all other email providers. Gmail was orginally touted as having so much storage space, you'd never, ever need to delete anything. If you wanted to delete something, it actually took a few steps and wasn't exactly intuitive. Now, we've got a handy-dandy button at our fingertips!
It doesn't say this in the Google Blog, but I wonder if this Delete button is to help ease privacy fears, now that Google has made the news with the government requesting search and web information. Maybe this Delete button is supposed to make us feel better- if we delete email, we feel that Google can't hand that email over to the government, if they're eventually forced to. (Note I said 'feel better'. It's entirely possible the 'Delete' button doesn't actually delete email, but instead makes it invisible to the user, making the Gmail-er feel like it has been deleted. There would be marketing advantages to this strategy. But that's just speculation, I won't know the actual deleting secrets till I work for Google.)