Gmail is definitely going live soon. I got an invitation today to an e-mail account I don’t use much anymore. It came directly from google, not another user. I signed up for this last April when Gmail debuted.
10 months, I’d forgotten I even asked to be notified.
I’d used up a few of my 50 invites, and Gmail was nice enough to refill me back up to 50. No excuse for not having an account anymore.