Gmail, the Google email service that has sat in Beta for over 3 years despite its heavy usage and development, opened its doors today to all comers. Previously, an invitation was required from a current Gmail user to get a new account (though with 50 invitations given out per user, they werenâ€™t that hard to come by). Now, just head on over and sign up, no invitation required.
And while weâ€™re on the topic of Google news, it seems that the spell checker over at the Google logo lab has broken, because their special Valentineâ€™s Day logo reads more like Googe than Google. Some would argue that the stem is the L, but some people will argue anything.
Also, I just noticed that if you click on the Googe logo, it performs an instant search for the term â€œValentineâ€™s Dayâ€. Iâ€™ve never noticed this feature before in any of the other custom logos, but itâ€™s a neat little Easter Egg to check for in the future.
Edit: Apparently Google is well aware of the omission, responding on their blog with this:
When you look at the logo, you may worry that we forgot our name overnight, skipped a letter, or have decided that “Googe” has a better ring to it. None of the above. I just know that those with true romance and poetry in their soul will see the subtlety immediately. And if you’re feeling grouchy today, may I suggest eating a strawberry.
Very sneaky Google, very sneaky indeed.