If you're like me, when you finished your beta app you started checking the inbox you used only check a couple of times a week every day (or twice a day). So I have a funny little story that is a sad, sad representation of how geeky it can get.
Hotmail and the like is blocked while at work...not that I would use my hotmail account for something important like a beta invite anyway - it so happened that I could use the webmail page from my ISP and check email through my browser. But then the corporation instituted new firewall rules that blocked http mail. So I went to my cell phone company site where I have wireless mail, and set up my isp accounts in their web page so I could use their mail server to go get the mail from my ISP while I was at work, and see what was in the ol' inbox.
Well, it's an inelegant solution and now I get a bunch of 'you've got mail' notices on my phone. Highly annoying. So I set up my phone to only notify me if mail from a certain address arrives. Problem is, my web mail only goes out to get the ISP mail if I explicitly tell it to...so...I now have it set up with a rule on the ISP mail server in my account...if I get an email from a certain address, it forwards it to the email address of my cell phone, which will then notify me. Voila! Now I don't have to check my inbox for the message that will never come
Ah, the levels of hope and desperation that surface during beta phases... totally new levels of addiction.