Am i confused, or isn't Wave supposed to be some kind of social networky thing too? I know at least a couple people out there have access to it because i've seen offers of invites for it. (I'm usually kind of reluctant to ask for such things, even when freely offered. It took my awhile to cave in on the Gmail and Dreamwave invites as well.)
I do wonder though, shouldn't buying a $530 cellphone direct from Google have entitled me to a Wave invite? :) Given that they've only sold about 100k of them so far (according to very nebulous reports) you think they could afford to put the list of people who're that willing to support Google fairly high on the invite queue. If they did they could almost add "Buy a Nexus One and be first in line for 'beta' invites to new services!" as a selling point. Not that it seems like they're trying to sell it very hard.
(Apparently i wasn't the only one a little surprised that Google bought a superbowl ad and decided to focus entirely on pushing search rather than the Nexus One or any of the other new services they've come out with recently.")
Edit: Well the option finally showed up for me. And i'm not sure how happy i am with the automatic picking of followers thing =P