More Inbox by Gmail Invites

I have 10 more to give away

Just like with the last Inbox by Gmail invites post, I’ve got 10 invites for Inbox by Gmail. If you want one, just leave a comment below.

As usual, first come, first serve.

March 5, 2015 Update

I have 10 more to give away. Leave a comment (put your gmail address in the email field so only I can see it).

Inbox by Gmail Invites

A Christmas gift for you

I’ve got 10 invites for Inbox by Gmail. If you want one, just leave a comment below.

First come, first serve.

Final Update

I’ve exhausted all my invites. If you want one, leave a comment anyway, others have been sending invites to people here, too. Or, check the Designer News thread. A guy there is offering invites if you send him your email address.

Real Final Update

I’m out of invites, but post your email if you want one. A number of kind individuals have been sending invites to people leaving their emails in the comments.

Update Jan 22, 2015

I now have 9 more invites to send out for those of you that still want an invitation to Inbox by Gmail. Just leave a comment and I’ll get one sent to you.

Update Feb 20, 2015

Got 10 more invites, view this post to request one.

Gmail Adds MP3 Player

Google has apparently added an MP3 playing feature to Gmail. So, if someone emails you an mp3 as an attachment, the little google player will come up to allow you to play the sound right from Gmail. Very neat.

You can also embed this player in your website so your visitors can listen to an audio clip right from any page. The embedded player at Gmail calls this URL to play the attached MP3:
http://mail.google.com/mail/html/audio.swf?audioUrl=MP3_URL

UPDATE: iSpider goes into more detail on how to embed the player in a website.

[Via Paul Stamatiou]

WordPress.com: Domain Mapping

WordPress.com, the free blog hosting site based off WordPress, is getting ready to allow users to use their own domain names in conjunction with the wordpress.com service. What’s that mean? You will be able to setup a domain to point to your wordpress.com blog.

For example, I blog at http://slackware.wordpress.com. If I bought the slackwareblog.com domain, I could point it to slackware.wordpress.com. So, slackwareblog.com would essentially be running on top of WordPress.com. It’s a lot like gmail for your domain.

Right now, WordPress.com is only testing this feature out, offering it to the first 8 people to comment on the WordPress.com blog post discussing the new feature. I’ve been wishing for this feature since I started using wordpress.com, glad it’s finally on the horizon.

On a related note, “92.63% of the traffic to WordPress.com is for blogs outside of the top 25.” I figured it’d be lower than that, but that’s pretty impressive for those outside the top 25.

Gmail For Your Domain

Hosted Gmail, or “Gmail for your domain”, is sweet. It provides the ability to use the Gmail interface with your domains email. So, I go to my hosted Gmail and I can send/receive email at the longren.org domain.

I had to change my MX records at DreamHost over to Google’s, naturally. I didn’t include a priority when switching them over though, stupid. I guess I was expecting a seperate form field for those. Didn’t cause much of a delay though.
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I really like the idea of “Gmail for your domain.” It serves it’s purpose very well. I could go for a few more features in the administration area. The “Advanced Tools” in the picture is really a “tool” for editing your accounts in bulk. Under “Domain Settings” you’ll have the opportunity to set a custom logo, edit the sign-in page, and enable/disable chat. The only thing you can currently edit on the sign-in page is the color of the username/password boxes. Click for a bigger picture.
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I expect a whole slew of new customizable settings as the beta progresses. I believe the chat feature was just added today, although standard Gmail has had that for some time now. I’d really like to be able to edit the title used on pages. It seems to just use the domain as the title right now.

I noticed they’ve got an “Account Plan” indicator on the administration dashboard. Google will probably start charging for this service once it’s out of beta, which could be in like 15 years. I mean, Gmail itself is still in beta. They might even charge per user, I’ve got “Up to 200 users for free.” I’d actually expect a pricing schema very similar to that seen today in web hosting. But probably cheaper.

Hopefully that screenshot isn’t against the TOS or anything. I’m not gonna bother reading that 50 page psycho-babble though. Maybe I’ll post more screenshots later.

On a somewhat related note, Garett Rogers (at ZDNet blogs) is speculating about “Google Music“. It’s not news though, just hardcore speculation.

Information gathered at the Digital Hollywood pre-show suggests Google is holding an invitation only event for twenty top music industry executives this Thursday. This may suggest that Google is moving forward plans to compete with Apple and others in the downloadable music space.

The topic of this meeting isn’t known, but we can speculate that Google may be showing an early stage product that is in the making or trying to form partnerships like they have with CBS.

UPDATE: Science Addiction has a nice review of Gmail for your domain, along with screenshots. Site may be slow as it got slashdotted earlier today, seems to be recovering now.