America, June 11, 2004
While I stand in line at 6am I sure hope so!
Now if you wander over to eBay and check out the auction scene, you'd think that Gmail was a secret elixir for eternal life the way its being snatched up. Over 2,500 invites are for sale, and going quickly at $15-25 per pop.|
Gmail, if you don't know, is Google's new web email service that offers an amazing 1000 MB of storage. That's enough space never to need to delete an email, even spam, for life. Not bad for what is now a free invite-only service.
Wanting my own account, and being too broke for eBay, I took a different route for my new Gmail account. I went to Gmail Swap and thought up interesting things to trade for one of the coveted spots.
First I thought about giving up my Santa Claus Piï¿½ata for a Gmail account, but my catchy ad didn't snag a single taker. I guess Santa Claus Piï¿½atas are not for everyone.
Changing tactics, I went for a very Washingtonian offer: standing in line for Capitol Building tour tickets which did get a response. One that will have me standing in line outside the Capitol Building at 6am on July 1.
Flush with success, I went political and scored a Gmail account for a friend of mine in a record one-minute flat. (Note the time between post & reply) I also started a thread that quickly filled up my inbox with so much chatter I had to threaten posters with spam to kill the thread.
Today, after playing around a bit with my brand new account, I see that I now have an invite to share. An invite that I'd like to give to someone worthy, someone in need, someone who reads this humble website. So here it goes:
Wayan's Gmail Invite Give-Away Contest
I'm gonna give my Gmail invitation to the most deserving person who can tell me, in 200 words or less posted to this page in the comments section below, why I should hand over my precious invite.
Points will be given for travel-related needs, long-time readers, creativity, flattery, and of course cash. You have one week from today and my decision is final.