Monday, April 18, 2005

E-cards and other 'friendly' spam

Late last night, my wife Camille remembered that yesterday was her brother's birthday. She asked me if she could borrow my computer to send him an e-card. After over 1/2 hour had passed, searching through the mire of inane cards, in desperation she finally settled on the least annoying.

I told her that it my opinion e-cards are worse than spam. Spam, after all, can be thrown away without a second glance. When I receive an e-card, I feel an obligation to watch through the 'cute' animation, listen to the terrible MIDI file that plays throughout, and/or 'play' the silly Flash game that comes with it. As for me, I'd rather get a nice note in an e-mail.

Can you believe that there are actually PAY sites for e-cards?

This brings me to my next point. Some of my not so computer savvy friends feel obliged to forward to me every joke, chain-letter, hoax, touching story, political statement, solicitation, or virus. Out of necessity (and no help from the CAN-SPAM act), I maintain multiple e-mail addresses to try to prevent hours of sorting through spam. Unfortunately, my friends who legitimately have my address don't take the time to consider whether something is worth forwarding. Camille finally decided to give up on her main address--her friends were sending her so much spam.

When you give out your e-mail address to these friends to keep in touch, you end up wading through tons of garbage. My friends, please do not forward everything you receive to your entire address book! If you think something is truly worthwhile or funny, send it to only those people who might care. Please?!?


At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so I'm the wife Camille. I happen to love e-cards (usually) as they say to me, "Someone remembered your special day, be it birthday, anniversary, favorite holiday, etc. and took the time to send you a little happy card to say they're thinking of you." I do concur that most are quite annoying, but there are the few, the proud. For instance, when you care to send the very best... Hallmark has some good ones.
As for the friend-spam, AMEN!!! I find it to be more annoying than commercial spam as my friends should know that I don't have the time or desire to read it. Send me things I would think are truly funny, or personalized messages, but leave me out of the "pass it on" crap.

At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now this is funny ;)


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