Google launched an online spreadsheet application earlier today. To overcome the problems experienced with previous launches, they are limiting the numbers of people who can access it by asking people to go through a signup process.
I signed up for a Google Spreadsheet account this afternoon and I received one already.
Interestingly, I signed up for it with my firstname.lastname@example.org email address and then thought, wait a second, I wonder if they’d give a preference to Gmail accounts. So I signed up for an account again with my Gmail address this time and…
You guessed it, I received my logon for my Gmail account a few minutes ago and no sign of the sign up for the tomrafteryit.net account! So from my completely unscientific experiment, it seems that Google gives preference to Gmail account holders when signing up for Google Spreadsheet.