Posted Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Spam - love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We all receive it, some more than others. One way to keep from being too annoyed is to get a free web based email account. There are many free ones available on the Internet. I try to keep one personal email address that is private, but sometimes I start receiving spam at that one, too!
Of course, for legitimate business email correspondence I use my website associated email address. And yes, I receive spam at that address daily!
So what can you do? Well, you can turn on your email filters. Most email programs have filters you can set up. But unless I'm completely overwhelmed with spam, I don't like to use filters. There's just too much chance of something important getting sent to a junk folder.
I've come to the conclusion that since I'm going to receive it, I might as well enjoy it. Yep, that's right - enjoy it! Hey, it's free entertainment. Have you ever read some of that junk? "Receive $20,000 in 7 days!" I really did receive an mail with that subject line 2 days ago. If these people were really making that kind of money, wouldn't we all be doing it?
Or how about the ones that say, "Thank you Dennis for requesting information on our..." Whatever it is they're selling, they want you to believe you requested that information. Now, I sign up for ezines all the time, but not about some of the subjects they come up with!
Or the subject lines that say, "About your account" or "Order Confirmation". Do they think that after trying to trick me with the subject line, I would then turn around and buy from them? Come on!
So, I've decided that since I'm going to receive spam, I might as well get a laugh out of it. We all receive it, and I guess we always will.
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Dennis Eppestine operates 3 of his own websites at: