Man: Have you got anything without spam?
Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.
Wife: I don't want ANY spam!
Man: Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?
Wife: THAT'S got spam in it!
Man: Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it?
This month has been a rough one for the Ops team at Topix. We are now being inundated with more spam than ever. This morning I woke up with 500 emails in my mail box - 480 or so of which were spam. Brief side note: I probably suffer more than other folks at the company because I am on every alias list possible (media, partners, etc.) - provided its not spam, I like reading what people have to say about us.
In any event, back to point, my machine is now rendered almost inoperable during periods of the day because it is so busy processing inbound emails (spam). Argghh! So with that, I have to aska few questions:
Why is this happening?
Is it just that it is January and marketing budgets have been topped off so folks are willing to spend money on annoying spam campaigns?
Are these campaigns successful?
Are their folks who really fall for the "Top Stock Pick of the Week" mass email?
Does this just prove the point that email is really broken?
Is there an opportunity there to create the next widely adopted business communication device (sorry, AIM, text messaging, site messaging, etc. haven't had any sort of mass adoption in the business world)?
I could also ask why the spam problem persists even though Congress made it illegal a couple of years ago. But that would lead me to a rant about how almost always when there is a clash between profits and legality profits always win - but that would add another 200 words and I wouldn't want use this post as an opportunity to intrude on your life uninvited with my political philosophies. That would be spammy.