The Irony of Spam

3/23/2004 5:14:22 AM

The Irony of Spam

The likely truth is that products sold via spam don't actually make any money. The people, who do make money, are the intermediaries--the spammers, who market themselves to potential advertisers via newspaper and other ads. I have spotted a few such ads such by spammers that attempt to lure businesses with the promise of reaching millions of Internet users and then capture a pretty sum in the process. The businesses that do respond probably don't see any sales from their first mailing and never return; but there's no shortage of inexperienced businesses that will fork over cash and fund the continuation of spam. On the other hand, maybe there are fools who fall for fake university degrees, cheap printer cartridges and penile enlargement pills.

I am hopeful that the spam problem will go away in a few years, for the simple reason that bright minds at Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo are working on it, and that unusable email, if spam does accelerate at the current rate, will force the abandonment of existing standards and spark new, more resilient technology.

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My name is Wesner Moise. I am a software entrepreneur developing revolutionary AI desktop applications. I worked as a software engineer in Microsoft Excel group for six years during the 1990s. I worked on PivotTables and wrote the most lines of code in Excel 97-- about 10 times the median developer. I have a Harvard BA in applied math/computer science and a UCLA MBA in technology entrepreneurship. I am a member of the Triple Nine Society, a 99.9 percentile high-IQ society.

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