Today I want to focus not on an act of spam, or even an organization guilty of spamming. Instead, I want to think out loud a little bit about the principles of spam.
The Internet has changed spam forever, and not in the way you might think.
Most people think of spam and immediately think of the Internet – pop ups, Viagra emails, Twitter hacks, the list goes on.
The thing is that spam was here already. The Internet actually helped us define it and separate it out.
It is now easier than it has ever been to identify spam and spammers, all thanks to the Internet.
And this applies to more than just online spam. People have been mailing us spam and calling us when we do not want them to for years, but it has only been recently that opt-out lists for mailers and “do not call lists” have cropped up. We have the new world as shown to us by the Internet to thank.
The Internet opened us up to a previously rare idea – companies and organizations can be infiltrated and made transparent.
More amazing still, organizations learned that they could benefit from operating with honesty and an ambition to build relationships with their clients and supporters.
-Words by Jeff
Posted by Jeff Osborn on November 2, 2013
I am amazed that anyone reads my blog. Amazed and humbled and grateful.
Granted, my little space here is free for you to visit. My posts are short and written at a fourth-grade level (a knock on my own skill, not your reading ability), so they are a breeze to read and understand.
But with so many other options of blogs and websites to read, I find it flabbergasting and flattering that you choose to spend time on mine.
I woke up a little later than I wanted to, so I only had five minutes to post this morning and I could not think of a better way to spend those five minutes than to pause and recognize how remarkable it is that you are reading this.
I appreciate each and every one of you, my readers. Attention is one of the most valuable commodities today, and certainly it is the most valuable in Internet-land. I want you to know that I appreciate you and the time you spend, short though it may be, reading what I write on a nearly daily basis.
Posted by Jeff Osborn on June 21, 2012