Recently I’ve been listening to the Answer Me This podcast and I’ve heard their email jingles that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. One thing I noticed is that their email address was a address. Googlemail? Who was Googlemail? Were Helen and Olly poking fun at Google?

So who is Googlemail?

I thought I’d go to and not surprisingly, it went to my Gmail account. It turns out that in the UK and Germany, the name Gmail was already being used by other companies. Initially UK Gmail users had gmail addresses but after court cases, Google decided that all new Gmail accounts would get an @googlemail address in the UK.


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