The way this works is that the invite is actually a URL on Gmail which you click on to setup your account - you pick the username/etc. So we will periodically post an "invite URL" here and if you are the first to hit it, then have fun with your gmail account. If someone else beat you to it, check back later and try again.
The web server gets POUNDED by people hitting reloads, so I'll post at least a "5-minute" warning before the invite goes live. You REALLY want to know what your preferred gmail username is going to be, because based on the web server stats, the page is being reloaded about TEN TIMES/SECOND when things are rocking, so once I make the invite available, a LOT of folks click-thru to the gmail entry form at the same time, so it is then a race to see who can complete it first.
BTW, I got an Email from TimA who wrote: "Hey, this contest isn't fair!
they click the button!" and he's got a darn good point - be sure you
do this and if you aren't sure, consult with your lawyer! ;-)
Ironically, this person won an invite from us a few days later and then wrote: "I won! I can't believe it! Now I know what it's like to play 'fast fingers' on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'"
0730: It's a nice sunny morning in Colorado - I think we'll pass out TWO gmail invites this hour - more details at 0800, but stay tuned!
0750: Just noticed that 168-103-229-16.ptld.qwest.net hit this page 1,235 times yesterday, so while I bet their reload button is a bit tired, hopefully they has a few more clicks left and good luck especially to them!
0800: The 0800-0900 window is open - the 5-minute warning flag is waiting to be thrown.
0815: The 5-minute warning flag has been thrown - gentlemen, start your browsers!
0821: Apply Maximum Turbo Boost to your reload button - invite will be available VERY VERY soon ...
0823: click here to get your free gmail invite - snarfed by ta.public
0823: Note that TWO gmail invites are going out this hour - that is the first one. The 5-minute warning flag will be thrown for the second gmail invite shortly ... keep your browsers going!
0830: First invite went to ta.public ... standby for that second invite which will be given out this hour.
0835: redfish.gatech.edu appears to have the fastest reloading browser with 1,139 reloads so far!
0850: The 5-minute warning flag has been thrown - gentlemen, restart your browsers!
0857: Apply Maximum Turbo Boost to your reload button - second invite will be available VERY VERY soon ...
click here to get your free gmail invite
- snarfed by yuddzy
NEXT INVITE: Check back this afternoon between 1600-1700 MDT (GMT-6) on Thursday, June 24th for the next free gmail invite ... and we'll do another one after that Friday morning between 0900-1000 MDT.
Posted Gone By Who Took it Web Traffic 2004_06_21_1633 2004_06_21_1733 sebasic (Digital Pointer) 109 hits from 12 unique HP's from 1700-1800 2004_06_23_1040 2004_06_23_1041 timreiker (Random Surfer Dude) 2,250 hits from 55 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_06_23_1535 2004_06_23_1536 philippet (Google Computer) 2,720 hits from 44 unique IP's from 1500-1600 2004_06_23_2107 2004_06_23_2108 scott.atkins (Slashdotter) 2,318 hits from 31 unique IP's from 2000-2200 2004_06_24_0823 2004_06_24_0824 ta.public (Random Surfer Dude) 8,565 hits from 63 unique IP's from 0730-0930 2004_06_24_0858 2004_06_24_0859 yuddzy (Google Grouper) 8,565 hits from 63 unique IP's from 0730-0930 2004_06_24_1631 2004_06_24_1632 lightcast (Slashdotter) 2,568 hits from 33 unique IP's from 1600-1700 2004_06_25_0843 2004_06_25_0844 mandernach (Slashdotter) 3,142 hits from 30 unique IP's from 0900-1000 2004_06_25_1426 2004_06_25_1427 joshmetzler (got it on 5th try!) 2,704 hits from 39 unique IP's from 0900-1000 2004_06_28_1025 2004_06_28_1026 dhaucke (SearchEngineWatch) 3,416 hits from 21 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_06_28_1029 2004_06_28_1030 mikelturner (646 clicks!) 3,416 hits from 21 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_06_28_1449 2004_06_28_1450 brucefranklin (Random Surfer Dude) 3,675 hits from 19 unique IP's from 1400-1500 2004_06_30_1001 2004_06_30_1002 vvdispute (12th contest try!) 383 hits from 20 unique IP's from 0900-1100 2004_07_01_1459 2004_07_01_1500 computester (Random Surfer Dude) 2,983 hits from 24 unique IP's from 1400-1500 2004_07_02_1448 2004_07_02_1449 computegeneral (From Germany) 3,598 hits from 16 unique IP's from 1400-1500 2004_07_05_2129 2004_07_05_2130 zapman449 (Slashdotter) 1,972 hits from 14 unique IP's from 2100-2200 2004_07_07_1033 2004_07_07_1033 thorzero (Slashdotter) 1,382 hits from 12 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_07_09_1033 2004_07_09_1033 willmitch (Google'r) 3,867 hits from 24 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_07_12_1033 2004_07_12_1033 pjweisberg (Google Grouper) 1,008 hits from 19 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_07_14_1033 2004_07_14_1033 dwpegues (Random Surfer Dude) 1,644 hits from 15 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_07_15_1542 2004_07_15_1543 curtpatton (Random Surfer Dude) 2,281 hits from 15 unique IP's from 1500-1600 2004_07_16_1144 2004_07_16_1145 mstockman (Slashdotter) 5,607 hits from 26 unique IP's from 1100-1200 2004_07_19_1144 2004_07_19_1145 sweet505 (Random Surfer Dude) 695 hits from 13 unique IP's from 1100-1200 2004_07_21_0950 2004_07_21_0951 nigel.gibbs (SearchEngine) 2,091 hits from 16 unique IP's from 0900-1000 2004_07_22_1541 2004_07_22_1542 annmarie.klein (Slashdotter) 2,802 hits from 18 unique IP's from 1500-1600 2004_07_23_1049 2004_07_23_1049 ready207 (Random Surfer Dude) 4,407 hits from 18 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_07_26_1049 2004_07_26_1049 nwbrown (Slashdotter) 1,739 hits from 17 unique IP's from 1000-1100 2004_07_28_1049 2004_07_28_1049 gottatinkle (cute username! ;-) 678 hits from 11 unique IP's from 1100-1200 2004_07_29_0933 2004_07_29_0933 cybersaur (Random Surfer Dude) 1,004 from 12 unique IP's from 0900-1000 2004_07_29_0933 2004_07_29_0933 sonofacoconut (Slashdotter) 833 from 16 unique IP's from 0900-1000gottatinkle writes about winning the contest: "Holy cow. I pulled it off. it pays to have learned and can easily use keyboard shortcuts (meaning i didn't have to use the mouse which sped up time). about the username, well, i've been sitting at my desk for almost an hour, afraid to leave in case the link came up while i'm washing my hands. you ever watch the TV show sports night? i'm not gonna miss the "homerun heard around the world" because I was in the bathroom washing my hands. (ask me if you don't get the baseball reference)"