gmail at last

After a great deal of searches and requests, I finally managed to get a GMail invitation. My impression so far: it’s great.

And it’s not just the 1000MB of disk space. Although that is a very nice feature, there are several others that make it far superior to my previous account, Yahoo Mail, which had a disk quota of 6MB. A few of the highlights:

1. No more images and flash movies on the page.
2. No more advertisements added to each outgoing message.
3. Keeps track of conversations (similar to threading)
4. Automatically populates the address book with outgoing mail.
5. Keyboard shortcuts. (That’s just cool).


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  1. I also heard that you can do google-searching throughout your own mailbox. For a large collection of messages, that’s just plain cool too.

    Comment by Cameron on May 4, 2004 @ 10:32 am
  2. That is correct. You can search all your e-mails, and you can even search the web from your Inbox if you want.

    Comment by dan on May 4, 2004 @ 10:36 am
  3. Oh, another feature I forgot to mention is auto-complete. When you’re composing a message you can begin typing the name or e-mail address of someone and it will display a list of matching names. It’s far better than the nicknames feature that Yahoo Mail provided.

    Comment by dan on May 4, 2004 @ 2:57 pm
  4. Damn! How’d you get an invite?! ;)

    Comment by Meredith on May 4, 2004 @ 9:00 pm
  5. I spent several hours searching through blogs that were offering GMail accounts. Most of the ones I found had already given away their last ones, but I kept looking and eventually found a Google employee who had 50 to give away. She’s already out.

    You can try this site. He has 10 invites left and wants you to make an interesting comment on one of his other blog entries.

    If that doesn’t work, try searching for extra gmail invites until you find someone who has some extras.

    Comment by dan on May 4, 2004 @ 10:38 pm
  6. I have tried this (search for gmail invites) quite a lot but no luck :( Is there any other way you know I can try to get a gmail acct? I too happened to see a friend use gmail and my first impression was that it’s great!

    Desperately looking to get one for myself :(

    astromi AT

    Comment by Carl on May 13, 2004 @ 1:08 am
  7. Carl,

    Keep trying. I had an invite for Mother’s Day and I’m guessing lots of other people did too, so that might get you one. (A possible search: ‘gmail invitation mother’s day’)

    If I get any more, I’ll get back to you.

    Comment by dan on May 13, 2004 @ 2:23 am
  8. It’s a nightmare trying to get an invite, lol. People are selling them for upwards of $100 on Ebay.

    Comment by Manda on May 13, 2004 @ 6:10 am
  9. It can be difficult, but I spent several hours late one night searching for invites. The results were 4 invitations within the next week and a week or so later, a fifth.

    So they’re out there, you just have to keep at it unless you’re willing to wait until signups are open to the public.

    Comment by dan on May 13, 2004 @ 9:06 am
  10. Dammn.. I’m browsing google for about 3 hours and I didn’t find anything yet.

    If someone has or knows how can I get a gmail account it would be very nice.

    My email address is [email protected]

    Best regards,


    Comment by ultrafluke on May 19, 2004 @ 11:29 am
  11. I also have been searching for gmail invites and have not been able to find anyone that has anything left. If anyone has any left I would appreciate one. I need more space than hotmail provides.

    Thanks, Aaron
    [email protected]

    Comment by Aaron on May 21, 2004 @ 6:22 pm
  12. talk about damned luck
    I have been at it for a week and all i have got till now is “sorry i just ran out of invites”
    Been on google for 3 hours today and still nothing.
    Btw if any one here has any invites left… plz can you send me one.
    Thanks in advance
    [email protected]


    Comment by Ace on May 22, 2004 @ 12:56 pm
  13. I would really like a Gmail account if some one could hook me up with one that would be great. I hope that someone will send me one. Please it would be much apreciated and I hope there are still some left out there

    My email is [email protected] and plz email me with an invitation would be much apreciated
    Thanks Again

    Comment by Rajat on June 5, 2004 @ 9:22 pm
  14. I hope it really is all that. Sure it is time-consuming and difficult to try to get one…

    Have orkut to donate if any kind soul has a spare one.. thanks, klipy

    Comment by Klipywitz on June 11, 2004 @ 7:21 pm
  15. I’ve been trying to compair online ‘web based’ email services for an article to be presented on (mainpage) and am in need of an invite (2 would be great, but I’m not gonna push my luck). I recently finished updating my review of yahoo mail plus (pay version) and yahoo mail (free version) after their recent storage upgrades (2GB and 100MB respectively). Any and all help (actual invite or info on where to reliably ontain one) would be most appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Brian [email protected]

    can you tell which service I’ve been most impressed with up to this point?

    Comment by brian on June 20, 2004 @ 10:36 am
  16. hi!

    i’d really apreciate if any of you people who has gmail could send me an invitation to join it.

    so far i’ve found yahoo is the best account for mail storing, but i’ve come to think that gmail is much better.

    thanks a lot!!!!

    my e-mail is [email protected]

    Comment by TanjaH on November 30, 2004 @ 11:27 pm
  17. I’m in the looking for a gmail acct as well. If anyone can email me an invite or show me the way to find one, that would be great. My email is [email protected] THANX

    Comment by rian on December 4, 2004 @ 1:18 pm
  18. how do you get gmail now? Thanks.

    Comment by Ross on December 6, 2004 @ 5:01 pm
  19. Ross: You find someone with invitations left and ask them. I don’t have any.

    Comment by dan on December 6, 2004 @ 5:47 pm
  20. Dan — I’ve got some invitations left. If you pass along to me peoples’ e-mail addresses who have asked you for gmail accounts since you’ve run out, I’m happy to use my invitations for them. I’ll let you know when I’ve also run out.

    Comment by DavidH on December 7, 2004 @ 7:53 am
  21. DavidH: I e-mailed you Ross’ address and will do the same for any more requests. Thanks.

    Comment by dan on December 7, 2004 @ 9:36 am
  22. I was wondering if anyone knows when the final version of gmail will come out. If it is not soon I would like an invite.

    Comment by thor on December 15, 2004 @ 11:26 pm
  23. I sent you one but you provided an invalid e-mail and it bounced, so here is the invitation link, assuming no one else gets it first.

    By the way, if anyone else wants invites, you can get them at the Gmail invite spooler

    Comment by dan on January 4, 2005 @ 1:22 am
  24. you help me for open gmail

    Comment by milad on January 4, 2005 @ 12:51 am
  25. I’m really interested in G-MAIL. Is there any way that i could recieve an invite. I would really love it.


    Comment by Andrew on January 4, 2005 @ 7:00 pm
  26. you know i really want to have a gmail account.
    i believe that it is the future of the e-mail.
    anyone could help me to get one… i’ll be very thankful for that.
    thanks…. more power to google…

    Comment by jovel sta.cruz on January 4, 2005 @ 11:13 pm
  27. Dan, thank you very much for the invite. I really appreciate it…
    GMAIL is real cool… its very organize, awesome!

    Comment by Jovel Sta.Cruz on January 5, 2005 @ 12:37 pm
  28. Glad I could help.

    Comment by dan on January 5, 2005 @ 1:51 pm
  29. You can get a gmail account from this site..

    No begging, grovelling required! I was a bit hesitant if this was for real, used an old Hotmail account just in case and I got an invite, it works fine and is legit. If there are no invites left just try later, I’ve had 3 or 4 invites from the site, it works great.

    Comment by chris on January 7, 2005 @ 4:25 am
  30. I just ran into another site that has Gmail invitations:

    Comment by dan on January 12, 2005 @ 2:41 pm
  31. If anyone here has a spare invitation and wants a new friend please could you sign me up to gmail i would be eternally greatful.



    [email protected]

    Comment by Stuart Hobbs on January 18, 2005 @ 9:02 am
  32. You should have one in your inbox.

    Comment by dan on January 18, 2005 @ 9:07 am
  33. Hi! i’m peruvian and i’m very interested in be part of gmail, because i’ve been having a lot of problems with my last e-mail account (Hotmail).
    Please, can you send me a Gmail’s invitation? or can you give some pointers of how i can receive an invitation?.
    I wish you could help me.
    Luis Melgar Amado

    Comment by luis enrique melgar amado on January 20, 2005 @ 9:02 am
  34. Luis: I just sent you one. Hotmail has been known to filter them out, so let me know if you don’t get it and I’ll send you the link.

    Que lo disfrute!

    Comment by dan on January 20, 2005 @ 9:11 am
  35. My name is Jessica, i’m from colombia and i’m very interested in be part of gmail, like the guy from peru, i also think hotmail is garbage if we compare it with Gmail!!
    Please, can you send me a Gmail’s invitation? please please please!!
    Jessica Andrea

    Comment by Jessica on January 20, 2005 @ 11:06 am
  36. Jessica: Check your inbox.

    Comment by dan on January 20, 2005 @ 11:35 am
  37. gmail smells good

    Comment by Luc Pittet on January 21, 2005 @ 6:24 am
  38. How do I get invited to gmail?

    Comment by Eduardo Zeballos on January 31, 2005 @ 6:35 am
  39. Hi
    I found your blog at and i was wondering if you could send me an invitation. If you could that would be wonderful!

    Comment by kt on February 8, 2005 @ 5:46 pm
  40. Hi Dan, I´m Daniel from Cuernavaca Mor. México. I´m a Doctor and found this kind of great e-mail, and How’d you get an invite? or if you could invite me? I need a count without limits, because of my profession. thanks a lot.

    Comment by Oscar on February 22, 2005 @ 10:46 am
  41. Daniel de CUERNAVACA, si aun no te han mandafo una invitacion, escribeme y enviame tu direccion de correo a [email protected] y te enviare una invitacion de Gmail con mucho gusto

    Comment by Margarita on February 25, 2005 @ 8:11 pm
  42. hi!

    i’d really apreciate if any of you people who has gmail could send me an invitation to join it.

    so far i’ve found spymac is the best account for mail storing, but i’ve come to think that gmail is much better.

    thanks a lot!!!!

    my e-mail is : [email protected]

    Comment by Redwaan on April 21, 2005 @ 3:03 pm
  43. I just sent you one.

    Comment by dan on April 21, 2005 @ 3:44 pm
  44. I’m trying to get a hold of anyone who has an invitation left. I really would like to experience the gmail benefits. I also want to get my brother started with gmail since he is a graphic designer and is limited with his email storage. If anyone has an invitation I’d appreciate the invite!!
    Thanks so much

    Comment by Smittyball80 on April 26, 2005 @ 10:23 am
  45. I just sent you one.

    Comment by dan on April 26, 2005 @ 10:30 am
  46. i have 70 gmail invite ill be willinng to give 10 away any one want gmail invites mail me the first ten who mail me will get a gmail invite my email is [email protected]

    Comment by vegeta on April 28, 2005 @ 11:16 pm
  47. Can you send me a gmail invitation? Because I am really dying for one!!

    Comment by Stephen Nichols on June 18, 2005 @ 5:29 pm
  48. Stephen: You’ve got one.

    Comment by dan on June 18, 2005 @ 9:53 pm
  49. Hello. I’ve heard of the awesome features Gmail has to offer and was wondering if a current Gmail user wouldn’t mind inviting me?

    Would be much appreciated..


    Comment by Ashley Robertson on July 24, 2005 @ 2:37 am
  50. Ashley: I just sent you one.

    Comment by dan on July 24, 2005 @ 7:22 am
  51. How do I get to a g-mail account?

    Comment by Bridget on August 24, 2005 @ 10:24 am
  52. Bridget: I just sent you an invite for a Gmail account.

    Comment by dan on August 24, 2005 @ 8:51 pm
  53. Any chance of an gmail invite, any kind soul out yonder !

    Comment by jerry on September 26, 2005 @ 11:52 am
  54. You got one.

    Comment by dan on September 27, 2005 @ 8:52 am
  55. hi, i came across this site, after i noticed a friend of mine had a gmail email address, and was very intrigued.

    And it’s a shame you can’t just apply…

    Can someone please invite me to join :-) will be eternally grateful


    Comment by Devilicous on November 3, 2005 @ 4:04 pm
  56. Looking around the internet for this new gmail account i came to this site and hope that anyone could sent me an invitation.
    It will be great if this could result in an invitation
    Thanking in advance

    Comment by ove garnes on November 4, 2005 @ 4:31 pm
  57. I sent you both Gmail invitations.

    Comment by dan on November 4, 2005 @ 5:16 pm
  58. I have about 100 Gmail invitations(though i think everybody has now), if anybody still wants an account, just post the mail here

    Comment by CarbonuX on December 22, 2005 @ 3:01 pm
  59. Please send me an invitation, guys… Will be so much appreciated! Pleeeeeeeeaz! Thanks.

    Comment by Anthony on January 18, 2006 @ 3:12 am
  60. Anthony: I just sent you one.

    Comment by dan on January 18, 2006 @ 10:42 am
  61. can someone send me a gmail invitation at [email protected] plz

    Comment by Scott on February 26, 2006 @ 2:58 pm
  62. Scott: I just sent you one.

    Comment by dan on February 26, 2006 @ 9:14 pm
  63. hi, could someone send me a invite for g-mail please!!
    been looking on the web for a long time now and still havent got one

    [email protected]


    Comment by chris on March 13, 2006 @ 9:39 am
  64. Chris: Check your inbox.

    Comment by dan on March 13, 2006 @ 1:54 pm
  65. I love it so much! When I had an AOL email and I saved an email I liked it would take me a really long time to find saved email but now all I do is search the subject and then it takes me to the email! Way faster! Gmail is awesome!

    Comment by Megan on April 26, 2006 @ 10:54 pm
  66. Dan,

    I too have become fed up with Yahoo’s flash ads and images. I would appreciate your help in making another ‘convert’ to Gmail .. would you be so kind to extend me an invitation to join.


    Tom Webster
    Belleair, FL

    Comment by Tom Webster on April 30, 2006 @ 11:32 am
  67. You should have it in your flash-ridden inbox ;)

    Comment by dan on April 30, 2006 @ 2:06 pm
  68. can you send me an invitation…i would love to have one too..thank you!!

    Comment by elijah on June 10, 2006 @ 7:52 pm
  69. Elijah: Check your inbox.

    Comment by dan on June 10, 2006 @ 10:19 pm
  70. please i need g mail

    Comment by mike on June 15, 2006 @ 8:35 pm
  71. Mike: Check your inbox.

    Comment by dan on June 16, 2006 @ 7:49 am
  72. is anyone there who snd me a invitation

    Comment by Anonymous on September 17, 2006 @ 6:23 am
  73. I sent you one.

    Comment by dan on September 18, 2006 @ 5:55 am
  74. Wow. How quickly we forget, once we get what we want.
    I didn’t realize Gmail Invites were still being sought.
    I’d be happy to invite a few. Who wants one?

    Comment by MonkeyKatt & mE on September 24, 2006 @ 7:11 pm
  75. Id love a gmail acct if anyone has any available
    [email protected]

    Comment by Mike on September 27, 2006 @ 10:54 pm
  76. Mike: You should have one.

    Comment by dan on September 28, 2006 @ 6:34 am

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