Yahoo ex-CEO Marissa Mayer backs away from reported Gmail comment


Stories that Marissa Mayer, freshly resigned as Yahoo CEO, was wanting forward to working with previous arch-rival Google’s Gmail provoked her to respond, and respond all over again.

A working day soon after she resigned June thirteen when the company’s $four.five billion sale to Verizon shut, Mayer took to Twitter pursuing a media report that cited tweets suggesting she experienced an affinity for the mail assistance of the firm that played a essential part in the demise of Yahoo.

“I’m wanting forward to likely back to Gmail,” was her comment, according to just one tweet from a London conference.

“I look forward to working with Gmail all over again. Am usually more quickly when working with a device I intended myself,” explained the other tweet referenced in a Enterprise Insider Uk article.

In her initial Twitter reaction, Mayer, a previous Google govt, joined to the article and tweeted, “I will proceed to use the superb Yahoo Mail as well. The team’s really hard work paid off with a considerably far better products.”

However, Mayer soon improved her tune a bit on the report she joined to and her reference to Gmail.

Linking to the article all over again, she tweeted, “This out-of-context comment was about Gmail’s design and how it has advanced given that my work in the early days.”

No matter if Mayer actually intended Gmail as the second tweet prompt is subject to conflicting experiences, and it could not be verified that she in actuality claimed that accomplishment. In 2012, NPR claimed that Mayer “developed Gmail.”

But Vanity Fair in 2014 claimed that Mayer “was not on the three-individual staff that produced Gmail.”

However, by the time Gmail released in 2004, there have been a dozen people working on it, according to Time journal. And Mayer had more than two years formerly explained to Brian Rakowski, who would develop into the initial Gmail products supervisor, about the Gmail assistance that was less than improvement, according to the journal.

A report in Wired journal from 2012 appears to rather validate any claim Mayer may possibly have to acquiring “designed” Gmail. The 2012 article refers to Paul Buchheit, extensively explained as the creator of Gmail, and says he “worked intently with Mayer for the duration of the development of Google’s Gmail.”


Photograph: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer provides the keynote deal with Thursday, Feb. eighteen, 2016, at the Yahoo Cell Developer Convention in San Francisco. (AP Photograph/Eric Risberg)


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