Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Saturday, September 04, 2021

Well, last night’s deadline for my trackback-me-a-joke-for-a-Gmail-invitation contest came and went, with nary a bite.

I’m prepared to declare this the biggest flop since Ishtar.

Actually, I learned a good lesson about supply and demand — namely, that when several thousand others are giving away Gmail invitations, mostly with no strings attached, the odds are long on getting anyone to actually work for it (if you consider telling a joke to be “work"). When it’s available for free elsewhere, there’s little incentive. I was hoping the chance to show off your sense of humor would be incentive enough, but obviously not.

Probably my bigger miscalculation was to make this offer at the same time that Google gave every other Gmail account holder extra invites to hand out. The market is flooded, obviously.

Also consider that, by now, just about everyone who’s ever wanted a Gmail address has gotten one and doesn’t need another. I know that’s the case among my friends and colleagues. At this point, I don’t expect to get rid of the invitations I have remaining.

Oh well. I might revive this contest in a couple of months, when the supply of invitations has dwindled (assuming Google doesn’t throw some more invitations out there). Until then, don’t bother asking for one; if I feel like it, I’ll dole them out without warning.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/04/2021 02:07:40 PM
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