How well do you know your spam?

Here are some tidbits to share as ongoing education for your email user community.

Spamming is an old marketing technique - In the late 19th Century Western Union allowed telegraphic messages on its network to be sent to multiple destinations. The very first spam was sent by a dentist advertising his services via telegram in 1864. Then, as in now, people who got the unsolicited telegrams became angry. Some people even wrote the local newspaper complaining of the advertising tactic. When the paper reprinted the telegram, the dentist received more free publicity!

The first email spam was sent by Digital Equipment Corporation’ s marketing manager Gary Thuerk in 1978 to 393 recipients on ARPANET. He was advertising the availability of a new model of DEC computers. Read the rest of this article>>

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