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1/14/2014
09:06 AM
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My Dearest Spammer

A love letter to the tech marketers who buy my contact information.

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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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1/14/2014 | 10:07:26 AM
All you'll need to make this website successful ...
... a lot of pop-up ads.
Jim Donahue
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Jim Donahue,
User Rank: Moderator
1/14/2014 | 10:12:26 AM
Ugh
I was in the market for a car last year and signed up for a service that would let me know which cars local dealers had in stock. The service also sold my email address to every spammer in the universe. I went from getting about five spam emails per day in my "bulk" folder to ... oh, roughly 300+. And since sometimes real email I want ends up in the bulk folder, it's now lost.

After a public, prolonged shaming on Twitter, I got the original culprit to take me off its emails, but that's only dropped my spam to about 100 a day.

 And yes, most address me as "Jim." That doesn't feel any friendlier.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
1/14/2014 | 10:13:30 AM
Speak of the devil
Greetings David!

I hope you are doing well!!

My name is Barney; I had a chance to glance your company's website and some your services and solutions. Would you be interested in list in any Opt-in contacts from the below mentioned list?
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
1/14/2014 | 11:49:35 AM
Re: Speak of the devil
I like that he calls me by name ... then makes it obvious he has no idea who I am and has not really studied the InformationWeek website.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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1/14/2014 | 10:41:40 AM
Hello Whoopty
The one I get all the time is "Hello Whoopty," as it's the alias I often use. Red flag right there. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
1/14/2014 | 11:34:22 AM
Re: Hello Whoopty
Coverlet is right about anything starting with "Hello" being untrustworthy, even creepy. There's something "Hannibal Lechter" about it.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/14/2014 | 8:25:01 PM
Re: Hello Whoopty
In addition to "Hello" I tend to get "Greetings" and "Dear Madam" as well.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
1/14/2014 | 11:51:08 AM
Re: Hello Whoopty
Kudos. Aliases do not get much better than "Whoopty."
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
1/15/2014 | 10:09:45 AM
Re: Hello Whoopty
Thanks. It's one I debated bringing over to my profeessional career once I started working, but in the end decided to hell with it and it's pretty much interchangeable for my real name at this point :).
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/14/2014 | 11:55:32 AM
No shortcuts
What this all comes down to is that there's no substitute for good content. But making good content is hard -- probably well nigh impossible in a culture that thinks sending spam beginning with "hello" is a good idea.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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1/14/2014 | 3:48:52 PM
Hello
Oh geez, I actually start quite a few emails with "Hello."

Can we get some kind of award or something for the author? His stuff is almost always 10/10.
Coverlet
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Coverlet,
User Rank: Strategist
1/14/2014 | 11:51:19 PM
Some people fear clowns
I fear unsubscribe links.  

I'm sure most of them work but I tend to wear that special kind of aluminum foil hat that says 'clicking on that link will verify to these nutjobs that I'm here.'   I'm unintentionally proving what psychology has been saying for a century: nutjobs create nutjobs.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/15/2014 | 9:21:48 PM
Re: Some people fear clowns
The unsubscribe links that bother me are the ones that say it could take several weeks to remove you from the list. When do you actually know whether or not it has worked and whether or not it's time to unsubscribe again? I don't trust them.
anon5986881945
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anon5986881945,
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6/30/2014 | 12:48:39 PM
Re: Some people fear clowns
...wow
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
User Rank: Ninja
1/15/2014 | 12:32:16 AM
Possible Solution
What if we could subscribe to an email provider that charges any sender, say, 1/10 of a penny to send a message to us? That shouldn't cost most individuals even 5 cent a day, and, it would make large-scale spamming prohibitively expensive.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/15/2014 | 11:58:56 AM
Re: Possible Solution
I like it, especially if a portion of that money comes to me in the form of a rebate.
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