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Has Anyone Resigned From aSmallWorld Yet?

A friend pointed me to aSmallWorld, the networking site that will only take members invited by other members (my friend wasn’t a member.) I can understand the benefits of this (I have hundreds of contacts on LinkedIn but know about two of them) but it was the service’s blurb that amused me — I can’t help imagining lots of hopeful folk sitting around patiently hoping to get an invite. I just hope I get one so I can employ Groucho’s well-worn resignation cable.

clipped from www.asmallworld.net
We have imposed certain criteria in order to keep the network exclusive. To join, you need to be invited by a trusted member.

If you have not received an invitation, you can ask your friends to invite you. If you have no friends who are members yet, please be patient.

The Etiquette Of Gmail Invitations

What’s the etiquette of handing out invitations to Gmail, Google’s (so far) free e-mail service?

Do you hand them out willy-nilly, unafraid of offending someone’s coolness by suggesting they’re not hip enough to already have one, or have been offered one, themselves?

Do you tentatively send them an e-mail first, checking whether they’re already hooked up?

Do you hold back, offering them only to people who ask, like my friend Colin who keeps forgetting to register his so the invitation expires?

Do you donate them to charity?

Do you forget the whole thing, assuming (probably quite rightly) that everyone who wants one has one, and they’ve become so debased as cool currency these days that the invitations are little better than spam, or those awful Plaxo/Zero Degrees-style automated invitation-things?

Do you invite yourself dozens of times with lots of slightly different email addresses for use when signing up to spammable websites, services, mailing lists or porn?

Do you sign up yourself with cool single words, like rockhardpecs@gmail.com in the hope someone else will buy the accounts one day?