A year ago, we posted some nifty data about how many emails per month we send to major email providers. Archivists and aficionados can read the blog post here: Major Email Provider Trends Update: Gmail Pretty Much Caught Up
We can neither confirm nor deny whether chocolates were involved in getting last year’s data published, but we decided to update for 2012 in lieu of any confectionary goodness. This one’s on us.
Picking up from 2011, we saw Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo neck and neck. Gmail had overtaken Hotmail for the first time, but they traded top place for a few months.
This year, Gmail claimed the largest recipient honor with over 100 million more emails than Hotmail in July. Yowza!
For the tabular-inclined, here are the straight numbers for the past year:
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out some potential skewing of the numbers. For instance, we only track emails sent to some of the domains used by the email providers. We include hotmail.com and hotmail.co.uk, but not live.com, outlook.com, and some international domains. Google Apps users with private domains aren’t included either. So consider with a grain of chocolate salt — which is delicious, by the way.
Hey, chart lovers: Check out the Are Daily Deals Dead? post for some related data.