Why would you want a Gmail account?
At first I thought Gmail would be like any other online mail account; kind of junky, slow, and hard to use effectively. Now after using it for a while I am convinced that that in just a few years, mail clients like Thunderbird or Outlook will be a thing of the past.
3 things changed my mind. First was the search-based organization model – it is practically maintenance-free as the engine can go get anything for you when you need it. Second is the conversation threading – it works better than other implementations I’ve seen. Third is the smooth integration with other functions like Google calendar, which beats Meeting Maker all hollow and gives other scheduling solutions a lot to worry about.
All of the functions reflect Google’s simple-but-powerful design philosophy, which I like a lot.
You can get a Gmail account by using an ‘invitation’ from a current user, and I have a whole bunch of invitations left. So if you want a Gmail account, drop me a line at and I’ll get one right out to you.