For those that don’t know, Google’s now offering a webmail service. The “advantage” to google’s mail is that you get a gig of storage, and you get google’s search interface to your stuff. The idea being — why bother to trash stuff or sort/organize it. Just archive it all and search for what you need. Maybe that’ll work. I dunno.
But, since “gmail” is still in “beta”, it’s by invitation only. Either that, or they are trying to drive demand by scarcity and a sense of “elite”ness. Only now, just about every mailing list I’m on has messages of the sort “I’ve got gmail invites available”. What was once geek cred is now just so much commodity. How do I know? I finally asked for and received an invite. From someone I didn’t even know. I used to be plugged in. I wouldn’t have been in the “real” beta of this sort of thing, but I’d certainly have been an early adopter. But as I’ve fallen from the active part of the workforce, so have I been removed from the cutting edge. But now, I have a gmail account.
In fact, I now have some gmail invites available if you want some. Controlled beta or viral marketing? You be the judge.