For example, this Business Insider chart: Keep in mind that this is a US chart (although arguably My Space was US-centric), and even if Gmail was at parity with Yahoo back then we'd still expect more Yahoo accounts as the incumbent mail provider; people were creating My Space accounts before Gmail existed.But check the proportions in April 09: This data feels too late when we think back to the 1:5 and 1:3 ratios for Yahoo and Hotmail versus Gmail.A very well-spoken and clearly an educated guy, he sent me a message detailing a situation with a girl he knew... The basic gist of today's post is, basically, that this -- what we're about to talk about -- is how you write online dating messages and emails that don't get ignored...and, in fact, get you exactly what you want: responses, phone numbers, dates, and success.So that's the best estimate I can draw on the evidence here - My Space was probably hacked in the mid-2008 to early-2009 time frame.
Here we have the world's largest provider of email addresses and it has only a fifth the prevalence of Yahoo addresses.What we really need though is more data from between 20.One source of info is to look at the stats comparing mail providers from around the turn of the decade.But the patterns do start to fit much better, most notably because Gmail is far enough out of beta to have tens of millions of people use it on My Space but not far enough along it's growth curve to come anywhere near the Hotmail and especially the Yahoo numbers.
What I really needed though was evidence of people who created accounts around this time frame, so I asked for some help yesterday: (Many people actually kept the original welcome email from My Space which proved enormously useful in this exercise.) All of this was pointing to the gut feel I had about the incident not occurring earlier than a 2008 time frame.
I was going to write about something else today -- I have a couple of big-concept posts I've been meaning to write up and get around to -- but, heck, the last post I put up was a big-concept post so I figured let's have a quick breather from that and get something a little lighter up first. I've been all too guilty of this myself -- sending super-long messages.