Wow, the first four of the Gmail accounts I signed up for (mine, my fiancee’s and my two brothers’) just each got two invites available to send to others! Because I still hadn’t turned them over to them yet, I had 8 invites I could give out to people. So, now all 12 people in my extended family have Gmail accounts with the optimal username (either email@example.com, or if that was too short, then firstname.lastname@example.org), plus a second account for me for good measure. For now I’m all out of invites, and am going to turn the accounts over to each of their respective owners soon. So from now on I’m only going to ever have two accounts’ worth of invites.
When I get the next round of invites I’m going to start inviting my friends on campus and other people I know who I think would enjoy having a Gmail account. If I’ve never heard from you before, please don’t email me asking for a Gmail account. I’m not going to have enough invites to satisfy all of you plus all the people I know. If that situation changes, and Gmail gives me more invites than I know what to do with, I’ll post here and let people know they can get in touch with me for an invite. This means that if you email me right now asking for an invite, and I have no idea who you are, your email will most likely be ignored. Unlike the Google/Blogger employees who get hundreds of invitations to give out per round, I do not, and am therefore unable to give them out as liberally as I’d like.
If you do know me, or we’ve spoken before in some non-Gmail context, feel free to drop me a line and let me know that you’d like an account. That way I won’t forget about you when I think about who to give out my next round of invitations to.