A lot of press has been devoted recently to problems with Google search spam, eyeball-stealing content farms, and search algorithm optimization. But very few complaints are ever made about how Google deals with the original type of spam – unsolicited email. That’s because Google does a pretty damn good job in combating it.

I just got my first GMail spam today. After 5 years on their system, the first unwanted email I received was not about V1@gra or diplomas-by-mail – it was a Mastercard/Visa offer in Spanish (which is probably why it snuck through their filters).

Receipt of spam is hardly newsworthy, but it is significant given Google’s track record. They just don’t seem to get enough credit in that regard. Contrast this performance to Yahoo, where I received my first spam within 24hrs of account creation. Which was a real puzzler at the time since I had not even used the account yet…

I can’t even begin to measure the amount of Yahoo spam that I have been subjected to in these past 15+ yrs. And while they have made small anti-spam improvements, it is nothing like what Google has managed to do. In fact, that is one of the key reasons why I do not use my yahoo.com address often. (The other reason: at every login, Yahoo bombards me with “chat spam” requests and it takes 3 clicks to decline each person.)