BBC News writes:
Web-based e-mail services like Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail and AOL Mail on the Web are becoming databases by default as a growing number of people use them, to store data and photos so they can retrieve them from anywhere.
“E-mail is a way of interacting not just with others, but also with yourself, ” says Mr Harik, who is director of Googlettes (new Google services). “You want to remember something, so you send it to your mailbox.”
For all but the very organised, old e-mails will contain phone numbers that haven’t been entered into a diary, names and addresses of contacts, meeting or customer information, useful statistics or competitor information and photos of products and people.