I’ve been inundated (well, two people so far) about how I got a Gmail account:
- Who did you have to sleep with to get set up with Google?
- How do I get a gmail account?
It’s by invitation only. From Gmail’s Help Center: As we make way for more accounts, we may periodically allow you to invite others to join Gmail. When we do so, you will see an invitation link in your inbox. If you do not see the invitation link, that means that we are unable to provide you with additional invitations at this time. To invite someone, click on the ‘Invite a friend to join Gmail!’ link in your inbox. You will then be asked to provide an email address and a personalized message to your invitee. The person you invite will be sent a message that includes a link to join Gmail. That registration link will be valid for three weeks and can be used to create only one account.
NOTE: I don’t have any invitations to give out as of August 20, 2004. If I have any to give away, I’ll be posting them as new entries to Steel White Table. See I Don’t Have Any Gmail Invitations! for more information.
Update: Come get your Gmail account with a click of a mouse; no contests or anything. Come And Get ‘Em: Gmail Accounts!