Teaching Children to Spam

Aug 25th

Spam from children...it's coming...

The same words, sent in the exact same way, carried two completely different meanings. In the "default" case, it's just another shill hawking just another product. In the second, it's a real request from a real person who is not even directly involved with the product, who happened to think it (and, more importantly, the folks involved with it) were neat, and wanted to get the word out.

Same words. Same medium. Very different meanings.

I think some of the people email spamming with poor english would probably do far better if they also tried sounding young or whatever in some of them. Sounding authentic is the key.

Most of my link requests talk about other subjects as well. If only I were 20 years younger...arg..am...getting...old.

I really like the Threadwatch tagging thingie. It's where I found this link & is a good way for people to submit stories without actually having to submit them :)

Published: August 25, 2005

Comments

TallTroll
August 31, 2005 - 5:11pm

Hah, this title made me think of something very different. Wait, I'm getting a vision of the future.... it's becoming clearer, and clearer....

I see an unholy alliance, a trinity of blackness... EthanN, RobynW and SmallTroll, each with their own legion of 'bots scraping, folding and publishing.

I see UPS trucks pulling up at scools and delivering big sacks of cash... and much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the 'Plex

August 25, 2005 - 7:49pm

>Sounding authentic is the key.

No...*being* authentic is the key.

August 26, 2005 - 12:00am

No, aaron has it right.

It's nicer certainly if you *are* authentic. But the reason most people fail at gaming authenticity, is the same reason most people can't lie - it just isn't easy...

Was a nice link eh aaron? :)

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