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You all know the drill all too well. Those that know me know I’m a sucker for letting SPAM get to me. Instead of just deleting it, I think about it, write blog posts about it, and wonder why people would waste their lives spamming others for a living. So, I guess, spammers get the best of me in a way.
Lani Rosales and I were chatting about SPAM the other day on Twitter (as a result of this blog post on Agent Genius). We dreamed up a competition that may or may not (we’ll come back to the not part in a minute) be fun to partake in. It’s a competition for the most SPAM Dollars. Here’s how it would work:
- For every spam email you receive, you need to email them back and tell them they owe you $45, $75, or some other dollar amount (update: $229 or $245 was what Lani and I originally discussed) for wasting your time. Whatever the time they wasted is worth.
- Keep a tally on how many “spam dollars” you have “earned”.
- Compare your “spam dollars” with others in the industry and see who wins for a given week or month (or, gasp, year?).
As for the “not fun” mention above. I tried this tactic on one spammer. I pulled a message out of my spam folder, emailed him, and told him he owed me $245 for wasting my time. I got no response, but I did get another SPAM message from him next day (the same one as I emailed him about) — and this time, it appeared in my inbox instead of in my SPAM folder since Google had realized that I emailed that address before.
Honestly, I think the only viable alternative to SPAM is to collaborate and pay for a server farm — and SPAM the SPAMMERS. Just keep a big collective list of IPs and email addresses and literally pound them with our own SPAM until their servers crash.
Or maybe spammers will always get the best of us. What do you think?
And PS: Twitter Search SUCKS. I was trying to find my conversation with Lani last week, with no luck. So, since Twitter Search sucks and my memory isn’t perfect, Lani can correct me if any details of the spam dollars competition are incorrect.