Gmail invites
September 2, 2004 1:05 PM   Subscribe

Are Gmail invites transferable? If I forward the e-mail inviting me to someone else, can they successfully sign up? (Or will it forever link my name to that account?)
posted by Vidiot to Computers & Internet (18 answers total)
 
Your name will by default be filled in the user name section, but it can be changed by the person signing up. Plenty of people have passed around invites, or left links to ones up on their sites.
posted by davebug at 1:08 PM on September 2, 2004


Thanks, davebug.

(Anybody want an invite? E-mail me at my username at gmail.)
posted by Vidiot at 1:12 PM on September 2, 2004


(Taken now.)
posted by Vidiot at 1:25 PM on September 2, 2004


(I have invites - email me thru profile)
posted by some chick at 1:32 PM on September 2, 2004


i also have invites
posted by lbergstr at 1:38 PM on September 2, 2004


::same msg as some chick::
posted by Gyan at 1:42 PM on September 2, 2004


I received a couple recently, (thanks folks!), and was disappointed to find that this still beta product is so wide spread that I was unable to get my username to match here, a domain I have owned for ~6 years. Also unavailable was my first name, (too short), first initial and last name, (just odd as I have an uncommon first initial/name.

What gives?
posted by geekyguy at 1:45 PM on September 2, 2004


I personally think that Gmail is a cruel psychological experiment intended to demolish your self esteem by always leaving you with more invites than friends to send them to.

Er... that is to say I also have a pile of invites if anyone wants one. Sorry for not using the wiki, I'm just doing what they did.
posted by bifter at 1:47 PM on September 2, 2004


I've got a few invites too. graventy AT.
posted by graventy at 2:07 PM on September 2, 2004


I lost interest early on when I learned that "eamon" was too short, but I'm regaining interest as talk about the possibility of an open API is floating around (webmail sucks, a 1GB IMAP account with intelligent filtering doesn't). geekguy's comment is making me think it's too late to get a remotely cool username.

Bummer.
posted by Eamon at 2:11 PM on September 2, 2004


it would be more appropriate for invites to be traded through the wiki than here on AskMe.
posted by rhapsodie at 2:17 PM on September 2, 2004


For some reason I've only gotten 1 invite in the last 8 weeks or so. I used to get tons, but they've really dried up.

Perhaps they didn't like that I did a post offering them out on my site. I wouldn't think they'd find it, but it's fairly high for: google gmail accounts

Either that or I just got unlucky, I guess.
posted by davebug at 2:26 PM on September 2, 2004


i have 3 to give. free to good home.
posted by ShawnString at 2:48 PM on September 2, 2004


I have invites. Mefi name at gmail.
posted by theora55 at 2:52 PM on September 2, 2004


{...} was disappointed to find that this still beta product is so wide spread that I was unable to get my username to match here {...} What gives?

Google has a great thing going with the invite system--the perceived exclusivity drives up demand, and by gradually flooding the market with more and more invites, they can get everyone on at a controlled rate and not have to risk crashes as millions of people sign up on launch day, etc. It's not surprising that there are tons of people signed up and invites are trivial to get, and yet Google still doesn't seem to be too motivated to actually do a public launch.
posted by mcguirk at 2:52 PM on September 2, 2004


I have invites. Email in profile
posted by sugarfish at 3:05 PM on September 2, 2004


I have invites. Email in profile.
posted by Lynsey at 6:18 PM on September 2, 2004


Yep, I also have invites and, you guessed it, email in profile.
posted by NsJen at 6:58 PM on September 2, 2004


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