Gmail randomly going public

Posted on March 15, 2005 at 12:25 PM

Let me preface this post by saying that I'm breaking a cardinal rule of mine which is "Thou shalt not blog during work hours", but technically it is my lunch break so I'm fine with a little rule bending.

I just had to comment on something I saw this morning on To my amazement was this, which I was somewhat shocked to see as it appears that Google is randomly going public with their Gmail service. I say randomly because I used a different computer to view and found that the Gmail invite link wasn't there.

So I wondered if I copied the public Gmail invite link from that one lucky computer to a different computer to see if it would still open the invite page? I tried it and it works fine, it takes you directly to the Gmail sign up page.

So now I'm thinking, "Do I post the invite link on my blog, or do I let fate decide who gets the link to the Gmail sign-up page?" I decided on the latter, but with a little twist of my own. I have had 50 Gmail invites burning a hole in my pocket, just waiting to be given away to you, the loyal reader of this blog. So if you've been longing to be just like the cool kids and have your very own Gmail account but haven't been able to rustle up an invite, try going to and see if the Gmail invite link is there. If not, leave a comment on this post with your email address and I will send you an invite. I only have 50, so first come, first served.

If you're wondering what this Gmail thing is all about, you can read more by going to Gmail's about page".

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