[LINK] Spam celebrates birthday
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Fri Jun 6 01:03:31 AEST 2008
At 13:59 05/06/2008, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> >Spam is 30 years old
> >Staying with the internet, spam email celebrated, if that is the
> >word, its 30th birthday on May 3rd. The first spam message was
> >sent on the 3rd May 1978 to 400 people over the Arpanet - the
> >forerunner to the internet. Today, according to the FBI, 75% of
> >scams operate via spam and spammers earned over $239m (£121m) from
> >these scams in 2007. More worryingly is the fact that up to 85% of
> >all emails sent each day are spam. For more information on this
Got me curious about that one! I doubt very much
in 1978 anyone sent a Penis Enlarger or Breast
Enhancement or Nigrian Scam email, or anything remotely similar.
Is there an actual record of this email that was sent?
Reading the article it says that it was the first
email marketing message sent by DEC (Digital
Equipment Corporation). It also says DEC is
defunct, but as DEC was mostly main frames and
terminals and was bought by HP, I'd prefer to
remember the grandness of DEC as "absorbed by progress"
Anyway, I'm sure it wasn't SPAM as the 400 people
were obviously on some kind of mail list related
to DEC - such as a tech list, support list or service list.
Given the case, one would say that a marketing
message might be quite acceptable as a means of
telling people about hardware, software and new
products that relate to their computing environment.
Anyway I wasn't on the net till 1983, so I missed it :(
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