I’ve read a number of blog posts in the last couple of days where people are trying to give away their fresh batch of GMail invites (most/all people were given 50). I’ve also read speculation that the invite-only admission policy is a way for Google to limit the rate at which spammers get GMail accounts.
My new thought is this…. Can Google not just keep the invitation-only policy of getting a GMail account when their Beta period is over? Then the GMail users would be responsible for keeping spammers out of the “club”. Think about the possibilities if this was how Google rolled-out GMail to the public. I could see a policy where if you are the person that gives a spammer an invite you get a “knock” against you, maybe the old “three strikes you’re out” policy could be implemented. Yes, Google would have to carefully define what is spam, and what a “spammer” is. I think it is possible, with the help of some good legal people.
Obviously, I have 50 GMail invites to give away. Let me know if you want one. I’ll probably try to give them away tonight at this month’s JavaMUG meeting.