Your periodic reminder that Gmail is constructing a wall around its users, slowly trapping them inside its walled garden. Escape out of it while you still can.

It like Slack and IRC again, but this time the attack is on the most popular federated communication system on the planet.

@clacke @njoseph @thor ohh...I think I get it now!

They hook you to new features, which are Gmail-to-Gmail only, and then you get so used to them that you can't leave? ⛓️

@badrihippo @njoseph @thor Then, once you have a large enough captured user base, you can even cut interoperability with the network entirely.

@clacke @njoseph @thor what they did to XMPP about a decade ago! 😮

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