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Charging for Guaranteed Spam: Better Than It Sounds?

Much ink has been spilled over the recent AOL and Yahoo announcements that they will charge marketers five cents per e-mail to guarantee delivery of their mail, thus bypassing their spam filters.

Lots of people been rendered spitting mad by the plan. Three things seem obvious to me about how and why these plans came about:

Fun with Spam

Collecting Hamster Wheels of Pain is certainly a fun hobby. So is collecting the rather amusing e-mail addresses chosen by spammers to evade e-mail filters. Here are some good’uns from the 305 spam-grams from the past week: