I have been watching the FriendFeed Invites Room (which is a great service). Apparently there’s a few sites already that do invites. I found one that does Brightkite Invites, there’s another that does Jaiku Invites, and a friend was telling me some site secretly runs their own invites site (I thought it was Jaiku but the bottom text says I’m wrong).
This is kinda scary. There’s all these sites, and most of them have no real end to end verification. I know on inviteshare (I shared a brightkite invite there) that you see a list of e-mails, you can’t copy paste them (which sucks, I had to type it out) and then you say “I sent one to that user”. They have to remember they signed up at inviteshare, and say “I received it!”. This is REALLY crappy. Mashable does the same thing, a list of e-mails and no idea if that request was made recently or a year ago. As I don’t think many users feel terribly obligated to go back and say “I got it”, they may leave their e-mail up on as many of these sites as possible, forever. That’s awful! Especially if you want to get points for giving out invites.
So: I’ve got something in the works that should smash all these sites with awesomeness. Don’t just take a penny.