∞ Google's Gmail passes AOL to capture third-place in Web mail

gmailAlmost everyone I know uses Gmail, but it’s not the number one Web mail platform — in fact, it just passed AOL to take the third spot in the U.S. market. Google finished July with 37 million unique visitors to its Gmail service, while AOL came in at 36.4 million visitors. A close race for sure, but Google did mange to edge them out.

Google still has a little way to go before it catches the number two Hotmail with 47 million visitors, but it’s been on a steady upswing, so there’s no telling when they could catch them.

Yahoo Mail with 106 million visitors is way out in front of everyone. Unless something drastic happens, it will be a while before anyone catches them. But as TechCrunch reports, Gmail grew by 25 percent in July, while Hotmail only grew 8 percent and Yahoo by 16 percent.

  • Jesse

    I am sure this doesn’t take into account people that have an unused yahoo/hotmail AND an active gmail account.


  • Jim Dalrymple

    That is a damn good point Jesse. I would be one of those people. I have a Yahoo account that I haven’t used in years because I’m on Gmail 🙂

  • Dave

    It’s unique visitors guys. Unless you checked your yahoo account, I’m pretty sure you’re not in that number.

  • Adam

    As the measurement is of unique visitors I don’t think it matters how many accounts are active.

  • rand

    Both of you need to read the article 😉

    Unique visitors per month is what they are counting, not accounts, unused or not.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      LOL you think I would have caught that 🙂

  • Macjim

    When Microsoft bought into Yahoo, I closed down my flickr and ymail accounts!

  • Marc Farnum Rendino


    How many of those unique users are spammers using an account for just long enough to spew out a zillion spams, and then sign up for another account, generating yet another “unique user”?

    And are Hotmail and Yahoo home to more such accounts?

  • MacJim – for what reason? There have been plenty of examples of user data being handed over to authorities by the ISP, showing that your data security risks transcend any individual websites.

    Avoiding best-in-class services because of ownership/investor stake seems like cutting off the nose to spite the face.

    I suspect 90% of webmail users (and users of other hosted services such as Flickr) use it because of the quality of the service, rather than the background detail.

  • Jim

    Love Flickr! Don’t care who owns it. As for the Web mail. I actually prefer the features and look of Yahoo’s Web mail, but Gmail is just more convenient – especially since I use MailPlane to manage multiple accounts.