Google deleting GMail accounts?

Just caught wind of this news on the blogosphere: some people's GMail account got deleted. Read the full story here and here.

Sounds quite disturbing. This incident might send some users flocking back to the other free mail services. And to think that at one point, I had an idea to build a personal imaging app on top of GMail. It sounded like a good idea at the time.

I never was a big fan of GMail. The lack of foldering capability was the breaker for me. And tagging just ain't the same thing as foldering.

I highly doubt it, though, that Google would actually and purposely delete people's accounts without prior warning. More likely, it's a bug in their system--and a fairly big one, if that indeed turns out to be the case.