Gmail invites – so hard to give away

In: Personal

26 Jun 2004

When I last gave out a Gmail invite, I had to squeeze out 1 for my dear blog readers (actually, when I got more invites, I gave another one to Joshua too). Now it seems that even 2 invites are so hard to give away.

It seems that the Gmail craze is finally dying down. Well, at least in the blog circles. Gmail’s on almost every blog and almost every blogger has one (either through an account at Blogger or through viral means). Colleagues at work have Gmail. Friends don’t see the need for Gmail. I’m actually having a hard time thinking of people who could use an invite. So from now on I’m giving away invites on my blog to readers. I’m not giving them to just anyone who searched for “Gmail invite” on Google and popped over. I happen to be listed on the first page of search results on Google for “Gmail invite” at this moment, and that has surpassed my usual high-ranking search terms of “bittornado“, “uxtheme.dll“, and “hotmail thunderbird” within 3 days – 1466 visitors via that search phrase.

I was looking down the list of people who posted in response to my entry asking my readers to show themselves, looking for people to give away the invites to, but I wasn’t sure who wanted them. If you posted before and want an invite, let me know.

24 Responses to Gmail invites – so hard to give away



June 26th, 2004 at 12am

I agree… they’re getting very hard to get rid of.

I got two invitiations last week, so I gave the extra away on my site with a goofy little guessing game. In the 36 hours the “game” was open, I got just one guess.


David Lynch

June 26th, 2004 at 1am

I am a rare blogger who has no gMail, and thus your heart must be filled with pity for me. Is it filled yet?

(And I actually found this entry through… let me see, the mozillazine feedthingy, I think. No google whatsoever.)

I suppose that what I’m saying is that should you happen to have an invite free, I would not complain were I to receive it.

Thanks. :-)



June 26th, 2004 at 2am

I have the same problem. And my comment space has gotten quite a few people wanting gmail invites. The first two I gave away because I forgot to specify “friend” in my open invitation on my blog entry so my own fault. The next couple were a bit more inexcusable and I don’t know of a nice way to convey to them how shameless I feel their request is (made worse by the usually facetious and superficial sounding comments regarding the contents of my blog: no, you don’t have to mention Cisco or tell me you’ve driven a Mazda!)… Maybe I should just give all of them away so I don’t have to deal with it anymore? :)



June 26th, 2004 at 3am

well if you want to give one away i could use a g-mail
don’t have one at the mojo but would be usefull when i start my phd in october (all those large thesis in pdf)


Sue Donime

June 26th, 2004 at 3am

Well clear I’ve got no friends! I came here not from Google, but from JavaBlogs, so if you have any more spare invites, [email protected] would love one.




June 26th, 2004 at 4am

Although I haven’t commented here (well, I rarely do on any blog), you’ve posted a comment on my blog, does that count too? :-p



June 26th, 2004 at 6am

I needs GMail, me needs GMail Bad give give :) lol


Ding Deng

June 26th, 2004 at 7am

A few of my friends didn’t accept my invitations until I told them that it worth about $100 on ebay weeks ago…


Walter Raab

June 26th, 2004 at 10am

Great blog !

Been trying to get an invite for a while now – no luck :(

If you have one, would be much appreciated !



June 26th, 2004 at 10am

I’ve been reading your blog since… well since that microsoft frontpage ad with the neat code cleaning feature :P
I believe i found it via Mentalized, but i don’t really remember anymore.
I’ve been reading alot more ever since I got interested in css and standards.

I don’t really comment much (this is my first here actually), i hardly comment anywhere unless i really feel a need to, or if it is requested like now.

I don’t really need a gmail invite though, I’m perfectly happy with my normal pop3 :)

well.. just thought I’d better post a comment now that you were requesting it.


James Pomfret

June 26th, 2004 at 9pm

Hi I would like a GMAIL invite if you have one. I could not find work in Canada and so I had to go to Korean.
My wife is sending me pictures of our baby as she is growing up. I really miss my family. I could sure use the storage space. Please help by getting me a Gmail Invite.




June 27th, 2004 at 4am


Anyone have a GMail invite for a needy reader? Please help. I wouldn’t mind having one also.



June 27th, 2004 at 12pm

I would really like a gmail invite. I haven’t found anyone to give me one yet.




June 28th, 2004 at 8pm

Hi Chu Yeow,

I did respond to your earlier Gmail invite entry, more so because I’m a regular reader than to actually get a Gmail invite.

Here in Belgium, we seem to be lagging behind on the US and UK, since I don’t know anyone who’s got a Gmail account.

I don’t really NEED an account, and I’m sure I can wait and one day one will be dwindling into my life… It would be kind of cool of course, but I don’t know if that’s reason enough to have one?

Just wanted to let you know that if there are people who do NEED one, get them one, I’ll wait my turn.

Anyway, hope the Czechs win. Or the Portuguese. Or the Greeks. Hope the Dutch lose that is ;-)



July 1st, 2004 at 3pm

Hi, if there are any gmail invites going do you think you could wing one my way?

Thanks in advance :)

[email protected]


Scott MacDonald

July 3rd, 2004 at 5am

I’d love to get a g-mail account, if perchance you’d be so kind as to send one my way :)

Scott MacDonald
[email protected]



July 4th, 2004 at 1am

I would love to get an invite if someone still got one.
Thanks ;-)


Mike Daughtridge

July 4th, 2004 at 11am

I am writing to see if by chance you might have any more Gmail accounts left to give out. If so I really would appreciate getting an invite. It’s not really because of the space, although it is a generous amount of room, but I use Google all the time, sometimes many times a day and it just makes sense to me to get mail from there too. Thanks again
Mike Daughtrige [email protected]



July 4th, 2004 at 12pm

I am desperate for a gmail invite! I will donate 20.00 to the first homeless person I see tomorrow on my way in to work in exchange AND I will then use my gmail invites in exchange for other good deeds…so your invite to me will spawn possibly hundreds of good deeds!!! Think of how much better the world will be if you invite me!!!
dannie ([email protected])



July 6th, 2004 at 10pm

Peace. If anyone has a gmail invite that is idle, please send it my way. Email me at above ([email protected])



July 11th, 2004 at 4pm

i did just pop over from searching (at least im being honest!) , but i really really really want gmail! so if you could spare it i would be forever grateful!!

my emial is: [email protected]
or my AIM is Michelleezy




July 29th, 2004 at 1am

I would really… really really really like a Gmail account :) I’ve been looking everywhere for an invite and resorted to googling accounts hoping someone would be nice enough… think you could spare an invite?



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