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freshmeat: Spam: Beyond Email

Dec 17, 2000, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Macks)

"One of the advantages of email over physical mail, that it's trivial to send the same message to many recipients at once, has led to the daily struggle against spam. As other means of mass communication become popular, spam becomes a part of them as well."

"Instant Messaging, whether it be through ICQ, AIM, Jabber, etc., is becoming an increasingly popular way to stay in touch. As it becomes more popular for legitimate use, it will become a more popular vehicle for unsolicited commercial messages as well. Worst of all, IM spam is even more intrusive than email spam. email spam waits in your inbox to annoy you; IM spam leaps out at you, popping up and covering the work you were doing."

As today's editorial, we present a FAQ Andrew Macks wrote when he grew" tired of it all and needed to rant in hopes of educating people about the proper use of ICQ's mass forwarding features. Education has been a serious problem since AOL first turned its masses loose on the Internet with no preparation regarding the traditions and etiquette that everyone should know. Any attempt to raise the level of consciousness is good, but is it enough?"

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