Well, this is ridiculous.

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10 Feb 2005

The ISnoop GMailomatic Invite-spool allows people to give them their spare invitiations, and allows anyone who wants an account to get an invite through them.
They currently have 1,496,944 invites available.
A million and a half.

I thnk Google’s kinda lost the “Exclusive” angle here. 🙂

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Well, this is ridiculous.

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ijon

10 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 10:12

Which was the whole point, no? Ride the “exclusive” angle until it’s meaningless, at which point you’ve reached your ulterior goal — mass migration from other ad-supported e-mail providers.

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iod

10 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 12:57

I kinda thought it was supposed to prevent people from using one-time GMail accounts, like some people open one-time hotmail accounts – you give them to someone who wants to send you something but you don’t trust enough to give them your real mail, and then you toss it out. Since GMail accounts don’t expire, that could prove a problem for them.

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Anonymous

11 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 13:11

But Why Prevent?

I can see why mass account creation from a single (evil and porn hosting) source would be a little problematic, but the odd “one-time account” is all gain as far as G are concerned. Exposure, user database, clicks, you name it.

I.

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iod

11 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 13:22

Re: But Why Prevent?

accounts don’t expire. allow people one-time accounts, and soon enough, you’re out of reasonable usernames. Believe it or not, some people would rather find another service provider than having to live with “xmnmyname17584@gmail.com” as their email address.

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Anonymous

2 בMarch, 2005 בשעה 05:25

Wrong

Sorry for the late reply, but I just only noticed your reply.

Another thing I just did is check out the availability of DubiKanengisser@hotmail.com. It’s available. QEDish, no?

I.

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iod

2 בMarch, 2005 בשעה 10:32

Re: Wrong

Hardly a common name, though, isn’t it? Not to mention that usernames like dubi, dubik, dubikan, dubikane, dubi_k, kdubi and various other variations are long gone.

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iod

11 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 13:26

says “173,503 invites available to share”, and “248,813 invites” distributed. That’s a lot, but it’s not a million and a half.

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yggdrasil

12 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 02:33

Look at their usage graph – they give out hundrds of thousands a day. A million and a half doesn’t last that long.

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yggdrasil

12 בFebruary, 2005 בשעה 02:36

And yes, I know that this makes some of their numbers wrong – either the number of invitations given or the number of invitations they had when I checked it.

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