Next Big Thing on the Web - Free SMS Gateway
I woke up feeling a little prophet-ish this morning. I would bet you money, but it is illegal, so I am just going to say: I know what the next big ~~service~~ thing from Google ~~should~~ will be! Ready? It's a free SMS gateway that allows sending SMS messages through an open API.
Now think about it. Text-messaging ("SMSing") has been hot for a while now. Marketing companies and individuals are already using it big time. Text-messaging is expensive, though. Many little startups, with little, but interesting pilot sites just can not afford it. How is the industry going to innovate, if the innovators can not afford the tools?
There's a lot of data transmitted over text-messages and it could be even more interesting than the data you find in emails. Text-messages typically have less spam. If Google is willing to provide huge mailboxes for free, just for a chance to index e-mail text - they should be dying to get their hands on text-messages. If anything, Google is late to do it.
You say "privacy"? I say - yeah, like Google cares.
So, here it is - you should see something like it in the next 6 months. I give it a year tops.