Looks like Google’s taking the next step towards making their beta e-mail offering GMail a public offering. Before I bought my first GMail account (yes, I was one of those – luckily I only paid $5 for it on eBay, mere days before the prices plunged to $1 each) I signed up to get updates n the GMail offering from Google. Well yesterday I received an update from the GMail team that included an invite to GMail. When seen in combination with the 50 invites that heavily used GMail accounts are receiving right now it seems that GMail’s pretty much ready for public consumpion. Given the number of invites probably available now, I susect that Google’s reached the saturation point of invites it vcan give away without making GMail available to the general public, like from the Google.com homepage.
Even knowing Google’s tendency to keep features and offerings at beta for years (Google groups, anyone?), I’m still curious why they’re still calling GMail a beta. They’re not developing new features with any alacrity – I know I’ve submitted several feature requests that haven’t been implmented and I’m sure others have as well. Not only that, but they’ve only fixed a smattering of bugs that I’ve seen (although since the app is completely hosted they could be fixing new ones every day and it’d be hard to tell). In adition, any growth of revenue for the offering can only come from additional users.
Anyway, as I’ve said before, I have 50 invites if there’s anyone out there who wants one leave a comment here with your first and last name and current email address (wthout both names I’ll have to make one up), or email me at kinrowan at kinrowan dot net (or the link above) and I’ll get one out to you.