Gmail - Pay it Forward

Tuesday, June 15, 2004


This FAQ will be updated often. If you have a question, please comment here.

When will I get my Gmail account?
We can't be certain, but it's first come, first serve. When your name is on the list on the right, then you'll see how far you are from getting one.

Why don't I have invites?
You don't automatically get invites right away. Wait and then you'll get them.

Someone sent me an invite, but I didn't get it. Why not?
Most likely it is in your SPAM box. Another reason might be that that person typed your email wrong or left 'NOSPAM' after the '@'. Please be sure to get the address right when you send an invite.

I have invites to spare, how do I donate them?
We will try to keep the list updated as often as possible. Just send your invite to the person next in line and comment on the Invite post as to whom you sent it to.

I got two (or more) invites. Can I use them both?
Frankly, we can't stop you, but it would be really rude of you to do so. Please forward extra invites to someone on the list that needs it.

How do I get a question answered?
Comment here and if it's worthy, I'll add it to this FAQ.

I was on the list, now I'm not. What happened?
Maybe it was commented that someone sent you an invite. You should check your spam folder. Also, if you violated the Code of Conduct, then you may have been removed.

What is the Code of Conduct
You may not double comment (sending requests on more than one Gmail chain)
You may not put yourself on the list more than once by using multiple email addresses.
You must agree to donate at least half of your invites to our blog.
You may not attempt to obtain an invite from a member when it's not your turn
You may not cuss and/or act like a fool on our blog.

Why was my comment deleted?
After we record your request we no long need your comment, so we delete it. Also, if you commented on the wrong bored (no tolerance!) we will delete it. If you left out your name or email address, we will delete your comment.

How does the list order get determined? me. It is mostly on a first come, first serve basis. The people who we brought over from Melissa's blog are considered first, but actually commented on the wrong post over on her blog. They aren't entitled to special priveleges and therefore could be bumped down, but it's not too likely. Secondly, if you act like a fool (ex: commenting millions of times without putting your email before you realize we need it) then you may not get to high on the list. Keep it short and sweet, say you promise to Pay it Forward and you'll get on the list.


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    By Blogger Adrian, at June 16, 2004 at 4:32 AM  

  • Sorry if this had been asked, but I don't have any invites to give out. I know where the link is (GMail swap:, but I can't see that on my page.

    Is there a way I can invite someone?


    By Blogger omairsid, at June 18, 2004 at 3:05 AM  

  • It takes a while, and may be somewhat random; I still haven't got any and it's been about 2 days since I've had mine. They say that sending feedback help, but I'v sent lots of feedback and have received and sent lots of emails too. So, eventually you should get some, but you just have to wait until Gmail gives them to you.

    By Blogger Clayburn Griffin, at June 18, 2004 at 1:51 PM  

  • I found someone with a Gmail account but they don't know how to pass an invite on. What should I tell them?

    By Blogger Ralph Sands, at June 19, 2004 at 6:24 PM  

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    By Blogger douglas9, at June 20, 2004 at 11:17 AM  

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