The Bitcoin Faucet (Free Bitcoins) Has Run Dry
Update 2011-05-31: The faucet now displays:
“Faucet is being Fixed
The Bitcoin Faucet is closed for maintenance. Please come back later.
Remember where you got your first taste of bitcoins? For many of us, it was from the Bitcoin Faucet. The service introduces those new to the currency by providing a small drip (currently 0.02 bitcoins) to those who visit and are willing to provide their Google credentials.
When the balance at the community supported faucet reaches zero, there are no more drips to give out.
As a community we all benefit when there are more individuals using the currency for a wider variety of purposes.
Reading an article and learning about Bitcoin just does not give the the same understanding as what happens when you see your first 0.02 BTC reach your client. The faucet is a great way to learn how an eWallet provider works when receiving the 20 free milliBits to an account with MyBitcoin or other similar service.
Should you have benefitted by receiving free bitcoins from the faucet in the past and are willing to return to the faucet the funds that you received, or should you wish to donate to the faucet an additional amount so that others can experience Bitcoin first-hand as well, please do so.
Those who own some bitcoins are likely to want to participate further as they would be benefitting their own holdings of bitcoin. Even when those holdings start out totaling just a drip.