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March 29th, 2007 | Categories: off topic, trends

SpamNo, this isn’t a spammed post. Nor did anyone hack my blog. It’s me expressing my frustrations and angst with SPAM. Though my blog is being protected by Akismet and junk mail gets filtered from my e-mail inbox by Hotmail, I still take the time to peruse these discarded posts and messages. There is a rare occurence when a legitimate message gets filtered out. However, I may not be able to do this soon, as I am receiving over 300 spammed messages per day.

In other words, even with these counter-spam methods, time and effort must still be put forth to overcome this societal burden. I can’t imagine the cost these time-wasting messages have on our economy. I’d imagine in the hundred of millions of dollars, if not more.

Almost all the messages are focused around a few key areas that pull in huge Internet revenues. They include:

  • Erectile dysfunction drugs
  • Weight loss solutions
  • Online gambling
  • Free giveaways
  • Business opportunities
  • Porn (who would have thought?)

Not only are these messages annoying, but they are also hard to read. The cryptic combinations of letters and numbers used to try to combat anti-spam measures is perplexing to say the least. Even if I did want to start a home-based business or order some weight loss pills, I wouldn’t know which link to click…

Add phishing to the mix and we have yet another another obstacle to overcome.

Obviously, this is not a problem that is going to go away anytime soon. I guess for the time being all we can do is bite the bullet and hope that ‘our’ technology can overcome ‘their’ technology… if that makes any sense. As long as there is money to be made online and ‘gaming’ is present, spammers will make the most of the opportunity.

Note: I expect this post to get SLAMMED with spam due to the nature of the content and the specific words contained within.


  1. Mark Evans Says:

    I hear you. The number of people who comment on the fact I have a “nice site” is overwhelming to the point where real comments get lost in the mix.

  2. Jessica Doyle Says:

    About two weeks ago I noticed my spam intake rise. I am no longer checking Akismet for legitimate comments. Good luck fighting the SLAMMING.

    May the Akismet Gods be with you.

  3. Law Student Blog Says:

    Nice site.


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