UNSOLICITED EMAIL. The Titanic was hailed as one of the WONDERS of the WORLD when It departed on its maiden voyage. The largest and greatest ship in the history of the seas. Not only that but it was thought to be UNSINKABLE! ” Don’t even think about…this thing can’t be sunk!” Now visualize Internet Email as the Titanic. Email is one of the WONDERS of the WORLD of Communications! The voyage is underway, we have left the dock! Passengers of the Titanic have evolved into Surfers of the Internet! Surfers are ecstatic as they discover the empowerment that worldwide communications offer for very little money! Imagine being able to send friends, family, and business associates, important messages whenever you want and receiving them even while you sleep! All basically free! One day a surfer thought “what if I send my very important message to those that I don’t even know”. After all, “I am sure that they need this information as it will surely help them!” the surfer rationalized! Continuing the surfers daydream about unsolicited email, “If you don’t want it all you gotta do is trash it, or simply hit reply and type “REMOVE” in the subject line. What’s the big deal anyway?”
WHERE WE ARE HEADED. In January 1996 my passion for the Internet was born. The Web worker website was founded on the premise of helping others become entrepreneurs earning their income from home via the internet. It has continued to be developed and is now a TOP 10 WEB BUSINESS Directory. This website has 100’s of web pages with business resources that have something for everyone. The web page design includes unique email addresses for those that wish to communicate with the webmaster. Instead of sending to you would send to newsletters. This design worked very well until the big bulk emailers created software to automatically retrieve email addresses from web pages. I then got messages and information from surfers and know exactly where they were when they decided to communicate with me. Furthermore, my website design uses over 100 EMAIL AUTORESPONDERS to help the surfer get additional information on-demand as they need it.
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So what has changed….we are approaching an ICEBERG in fact we have already HIT IT! Visualize email address extractor programs that visit each website obtaining valid unique email addresses. My site was an apparent gold mine as it contains over 100 unique email addresses….all being forwarded to my webwork email account. These addresses are used by BULK EMAIL COMPANIES to send their unsolicited email promotions to the WORLD! WHAT HAPPENS. The morning used to be such a joy to log onto my internet account, get my email, respond to it, then onto new things. These bulk email companies like to send their millions of emails out in the wee small hours of the morning…so now I have literally 100’s of the EXACT same email message to download and trash every day. In addition to these 100;s of exact same email message, these bulk mail robot programs send their unsolicited email message to all 100 of my AUTORESPONDERS. This creates an additional 100 UNDELIVERABLE MESSAGES that are also sent back to me.
I have tried removing them, responding to them, everything to no avail because the bulk emailers have created a system that you can’t flame. They have their own servers and don’t use legitimate ISP’s to deliver their bulk email. In fact, they love it when you respond as it means they have a legitimate email address that they can market! They don’t care if you are not a good prospect, just the fact that your email address won’t bounce means money in their pockets…DON’T respond to any bulk ad…it may just go away on its own. Just imagine the tremendous amount of resources that are being used up for absolutely no benefit. My time to do that grew each and every day with less and less productive work will be accomplished. Fortunately today, I use Outlook Express to filter these types of bulk email messages directly into a folder that is constantly deleted!
I usually don’t even look at this folder before my final delete. CHANGE IN COURSE. I have never been one to advocate filtering of information and still don’t want someone else deciding what I can or can not see! But I do believe that it is possible for existing ISP’s to offer their customers a FILTERING option that would eliminate most of this type of email. The filter option could be one based upon not forwarding EXACT email messages within a time frame that could be customer-controlled. Also, ISP’s could offer email filtering for KNOWN BULK EMAILERS at the customer’s option of course! Bulk email and Unsolicited email will not go away on their own because of the 1% that respond to it. This means that 99% of the surfers suffer because of the GREED of a very few (although they are growing rapidly). These very few are guiding us toward a TITANIC ICEBERG that will eventually sink Internet Email unless we change course NOW!
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