Squatters: Obamas In-box
- On July 27, 2004, a friend invited Guru Raj to create a Google e-mail account. A recent graduate of the University of Virginia, Raj, then twenty-one, was watching the Democratic National Convention on a television in his parentsâ€™ basement, in Norcross, Georgia. The beta version of Gmailâ€”available by invitation onlyâ€”was less than four months old at the time, and largely unproved, but Rajâ€™s U.V.A. e-mail account was set to expire in a few weeks, so he decided to give Gmail a try.