Dirty 30: Happy Birthday, Spam
Jordan Yerman | May 4, 2008 at 08:09 amby
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Indeed, here at NowPublic, we get our share of spam, in the form of articles, comments, private messages (the spam-femmes seem to really like Barry Artiste), and emails to staff accounts.
Subject lines from my inbox within the past two hours:
Larger And Larger
... plus the odd (and I do mean odd) marriage proposal from random fictional ladies via private message. If you find spammage in your PM inbox, let us know. We'll clean out the fridge, as it were.
Oh Spam, my how you have grown! Thirty years ago, on this day, you came into the world as a little misguided e-mail sent by an equipment engineer over Arpanet to promote a new line of computers. You were quickly shot down by other Arpanet users who called it an "insult... to have an obvious commercial message sent out over a research network." Yet, at some point in time, people stopped protesting you loudly enough. Now you comprise 80 percent to 95 percent of all e-mail sent, your crafty trojans and pesky viruses have infected millions of computers, and you've cost IT departments nearly $200 billion to combat you.
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