This is the eternal question: what is the difference between Gmail.com and GoogleMail.com accounts?
And it’s actually quite an interesting story…
Back then when Gmail launched – April 1, 2004 – Google set out to get trademarks for Gmail.
However, as he quickly discovered, it wasn’t going to be as easy as he initially thought.
Gmail vs Google Mail – There is a Difference
You see, the “Gmail” trademark has already been registered in a few countries – in particular Russia, Germany and Poland.
This meant that Google couldn’t use the Gmail brand in those placements. Google also initially launched Gmail as Google Mail in the UK.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Google Mail became Gmail in the UK.
In 2004, however, Google needed a workaround for Russia, Germany, and Poland, so he suggested @googlemail.com.
That meant he didn’t have to pay to get a Gmail license from IP owners.
Economical as always Google chose to create with Google Mailso Gmail accounts in Germany, Poland, and Russia got @googlemail.com, while the rest of the world got @gmail.com.
As of 2012, Google managed to fix the problem in Germany, so German Google Mail users could switch to Gmail if they wanted.
You don’t need to, of course, because Google has configured Gmail so that both gmail.com and googlemail.com emails point to the same address, so it doesn’t matter what you have.
However, you can switch from googlemail to Gmail if you wish. Just follow these steps:
Gmail Settings > Google ‘Accounts’ tab > Click ‘Switch to @gmail.com’ – please note: this link will ONLY show if you are eligible to switch.
What about @google.com email addresses?
To get a [email protected] email address, you need to be a Google employee – and it’s not exactly easy.
@google.com is Google’s corporate email address. It runs on the same technology and platform as Gmail and Google Mail, which also powers G-Suite – now called Google Workspace.
If you receive an email from an account with an @google.com ending, it means you’re probably emailed by someone who actually works for Google, not a scammer.
Googlemail.com Redirects to Gmail.com – Here’s Why
For most people, Google’s email service is called gmail. That’s what most people call it. But some people still call it Googlemaildespite Google’s obvious branding of the email platform as Gmail.
When Gmail first appeared on the market, calling it Googlemail was more common. This was before Google really tweaked its branding for Gmail. But for 10 years, I don’t know, Gmail has been called and branded as Gmail, not Googlemail.
You can even test this yourself: open your web browser and type googlemail.com. You will see that despite entering a specific URL, Google still redirects you to Gmail.com. And that, if there’s still a debate about what to call Google’s messaging platform, should settle things once and for all.
Is the Gmail logo Masonic?
Here is another interesting story about the history of Gmail. And it’s quite the rabbit hole, let me tell you! Back when Gmail was launched, it used a logo that showed an envelope adorned in red and white. He used that, of course, to mean mail. Pretty innocent, right?
But then the internet discovered that the Gmail’s logo looked EXACTLY like one of the accessories worn by Freemasons around their waists when attending ceremonies in their lodges.
These aprons, according to one Mason, are not traditional aprons worn by all Freemasons; rather, it is a specific group within the wider Freemasonic community known as The Royal Arch.
The aprons shown are associated with the Royal Arch, a group within a larger group known as the York Rite of Freemasonry. Royal Arch aprons and various other symbols tend to be red where “Blue Lodge” aprons and symbols tend to be blue. Blue Lodge is the heart of Freemasonry, and when you see Freemasons doing their thing in public, very often it is a Blue Lodge organization
And because Freemasonry is associated with the New World Order, according to conspiracy theorists, a dark elite that is bent on enslaving all of humanity, people immediately jumped at the idea that Google is somehow affiliated with the Masons and his dastardly plan to take over the world.
Although, you have to admit that the Masonic apron and the Gmail logo look a lot alike.
You can also manage your business on Gmail
In 2021, nearly 50% of the world’s largest companies use Gmail as their platform of choice. The next biggest would be Microsoft’s Outlook.
The reason Gmail is so popular with businesses is that you have access to Google Drive which brings with it a bunch of useful and completely free office applications.
All Gmail users have access to Google Drive through their Gmail Account, but businesses tend to use the enterprise version of Google-Google Workspace.
Workspace was called formerly G-Suitebut was rebranded in 2020. Google has added a bunch of useful new features designed to make working remotely much easier.
When you sign up for Workspace, you can use your company name as your email address. I’m running KYM on Workspace, so we have @knowyourmobile.com email addresses, not @gmail.com.
Branded emails look more professional, which is why they are used by businesses. No one wants to receive a work-related email from a @gmail.com account – it looks completely unprofessional.