I've got six (6) and have run out of relatives to give them to ;-) In
case there are more than four people who are still looking.
On Sep 9, 2004, at 10:43 AM, Mickey Mossey wrote:
> Speaking of G-Mail --
> I have 4 invites if anyone's interested...
> Steve Cavrak wrote:
>> The Sales Pitch of a Gmail Junkie
>> Todd Thacker (internews)
>> 2004-09-07 18:03
>> ©2004 OhmyNews
>> I use and I hawk. My Gmail experience is the equivalent of being a
>> pusher and addict.
>> [Screen shot: A screen shot of the Gmail interface]
>> Being a Gmail user is a genuine rush.
>> It's like Christmas, handing out exclusive invitations and making
>> people's day. That's what it was like for me too, all those months
>> Seems like yesterday.
>> At the height of summer there was a long, dark, dry spell when no one
>> had any more invites. Weeks went by without a fix. Friends pestered
>> protested. All I could do was throw up my hands.
>> But the invites are flowing again, six new ones sitting here in my
>> account, just waiting for takers.
>> [Screen shot: Google launched its test, 1-gigabyte Web mail service on
>> April 1. Some thought it was an April Fool's joke. It wasn't.]
>> The heady days just after the launch saw the eBay market bearing an
>> asking price of $100 for an invite. Some questioned the sanity of
>> buyers willing to fork over a Ben Franklin for a theoretically free,
>> technically beta service.
>> Sobriety brought the price rapidly back to earth, plummeting to $20,
>> then $5 and below.
>> On June 28, Google took action against this peddling of its
>> service and revised its user agreement to prohibit such
>> entrepreneurship. And as of this writing, it is actively canceling
>> accounts that are purchased online.
>> Free Web mail services are a plentiful and a couple, namely Yahoo!
>> and Hotmail are so well established, so entrenched, that many people
>> wouldn't dream of giving their good old email addresses up, even with
>> the hard to remember appellations (like jfs2948@) or the torrent of
>> spam from the repeated "harvestings" over the years
>> Yet besides the obvious benefit of being able to keep all your email
>> one off-site place that is accessible anywhere, you needn't actually
>> log in for up to nine months before your account is "recycled." Yahoo!
>> forsakes you after three months, and a Hotmail address disappears into
>> the ether after just 30 days.
>> If there was ever a time to change, now is a good one. Here's what the
>> fuss is all about.
>> With an invite, you (nearly always) get first dibs on an address of
>> your choice. Second, Gmail gives you so much space, that you never
>> to delete another email. You archive everything and rely on the fast,
>> efficient search function.
>> There are unlimited filters, decent spam protection which is bound to
>> improve over time, and a message display system (not unique, as some
>> have pointed out) that arranges your correspondence into
>> "conversations," a simple, brilliant way to read and write your
>> increasing load of email.
>> Conversations actually make writing email seem like a pleasure. It is
>> far and away the most human-friendly way to read and (automatically)
>> organize your emails. You have to see it to believe it.
>> [Screen shot: "Conversations" make reading and writing emails a
>> Then there's the cachet and feel-good nature of the Google brand. A
>> simple service. An ultra-simple search engine interface. All the best
>> stuff is underneath, hidden from view, as it should.
>> "Don't be evil" is Google's motto and in this, the profits they derive
>> from such a Web mail service will be innocuous and highly directed
>> adverts set to the right hand side (or possibly at the bottom) of the
>> email message.
>> Sure, the system scans the contents of every email for keyword
>> associations to the ads, but though much has been made of the privacy
>> implications, the consensus among non-tinfoil-hat-wearing netizens is
>> that this is a non-issue.
>> To wit:
>> The contents of your Gmail account also are stored and maintained
>> on Google servers in order to provide the service. Google's computers
>> process the information in your email for various purposes, including
>> formatting and displaying the information to you, delivering targeted
>> related information (such as advertisements and related links),
>> preventing unsolicited bulk email (spam), backing up your email, and
>> other purposes relating to offering you Gmail. Because we keep back-up
>> copies of data for the purposes of recovery from errors or system
>> failure, residual copies of email may remain on our systems for some
>> time, even after you have deleted messages from your mailbox or after
>> the termination of your account. Google employees do not access the
>> content of any mailboxes unless you specifically request them to do so
>> or if required by law, to maintain our system, or to protect Google or
>> the public.
>> Let's face it, email is no more "secure" than a postcard in the mail.
>> Google's bulletproof reputation is pretty much a guarantee that it'll
>> be around for years to come. Some say it could all be a beta-like
>> experiment which the company might drop like a stone if its new IPO
>> shareholder task-masters object. But how likely is that?
>> Sure, there are downsides. The contact list is as yet primitive. Few
>> browsers are supported and if you use Mac OS9 you're outta luck. There
>> is no html, no save draft, no POP3. But they're working on it.
>> Google actively takes to heart the suggestions of users and is
>> into a Web mail service in a class by itself.
>> For now, if you don't have a Gmail-connected friend, you're unlikely
>> get an account. But Google, in its business-savvy omniscience, has
>> opened the tap to more invites, stringing us junkies along, and
>> promoting a life-long habit.
>> Join the Club
>> I'm not the only junkie.
>> People are setting up blogs exclusively about Gmail and their love for
>> it, including a MaritimeGirl in New Brunswick, Canada.
>> But most blogs, like Gmail Gems and Gmail Experience basically came
>> went within a month.
>> Programmer Mark Lyon went out of his way to "extend" Gmail by
>> developing Gmail loader, a small application that reads your existing
>> mail and forwards them to Gmail for the convenience of a backup or
>> There are many, many other Gmail utilities on offer as well, to notify
>> you of new Gmail, access Gmail using POP3 or SMTP access, and more.
>> One useful (and moderated) Gmail discussion group is at Google's beta
>> Groups page.
>> / T.Thacker
>> If you'd like a Gmail invitation, I have six on a first-come,
>> first-served basis. Send a suggestion for a news story in your
>> neighborhood to ohmynews at gmail.com.
>> Readers' Comments
>> 11. Marriage & Gmail Artty , 2004-09-09 20:31
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