The Growth of Gmail Last Year (43%) is Major Concern for AOL and Hotmail

Google launched its Gmail service 4 yrs back after Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail. But, it witnessed a serious growth in the US during last year. As per the forecast of comScore, Gmail grew 43 percent last year to 29.6 million. In contrast, the much more massive Yahoo Mail grew 11 percent to 91.9 million uniques. AOL Mail stood second for the year with 46.6 million uniques (plus another 7.2 million visitors to AIM Mail), while the popularity of Hotmail actually dropped to 5 percent to 43.5 million.

If you look into the major web portals like Yahoo, email always tops the list in terms of driving traffic. Google never considers itself as a major Web portal. It keeps on offering service beyond basic search. Google offers many important apps as a free service and that is the part of strategy to switch more crowds from from other service. If you please take a look of the graph above, you can realize the speculation that Gmail could overtake AOL and Hotmail within the next two years. But, Yahoo mail added higher number of visitors (9.4 million) compared to Gmail (8.8 million).

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