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8 December, 2004

Gmail invites: don't call me

If you'd like an invitation to open a Gmail account, simply find someone who has Gmail invites available to be shared, and wait for that person to offer them.  Do not find someone who has previously offered invites, and drop him/her an e-mail 'just on the off chance'.

If someone has Gmail invites, he/she will either offer them publicly or will be saving them, for distribution amongst friends or for reasons of his/her own (which you don't get to question).  Either way, speculative requests will never have a positive effect.

Can it hurt to ask? Definitely. If unsolicited requests annoy someone, you're likely to be added to a spam blacklist. If and when invites are offered subsequently, your e-mails will be filtered out - you lose.

I realise few of those reading this will be accustomed to the practices of trading unofficial concert recordings by 'weeds' or 'vines', so this won't be as second-nature to you as to me, but here's the rule:

Wait until the resource is offered, and respond to the offer. The person making the offer always starts the process; the person wanting the resource never instigates contact. If the resource hasn't been offered, consider it unavailable - never ask unless offered.

[Update 20/02/05: All Gmail members now have a permanent supply of numerous invites to give away, so this entry has been superceded. Feel free to contact me!

The general point stands, though: speculative enquiries about scarce resources are unwelcome.]


You could point them to the Gmail invite spooler.

Posted by Neil T. at December 8, 2004 06:48 PM

Thanks, Neil. I didn't know about that site.

However, my objective is to reduce unsolicited enquiries, not reward them!

Posted by NRT at December 9, 2004 10:50 AM
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