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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. His favourite book is The Power of One.
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How hard is it to write spam?

Title: New e-mail

Content:

Hey all!  This is my new e-mail account – my last account was clogged with spam… that’s what I get for using Hotmail since grade six :S

Anyways, I hope you’re well!  Shoot me an e-mail and let me know what you’re up to.

Take care,

- D

1. I was hoping to be more trustworthy by revealing a legitimate reason for sending via an e-mail the person’s never seen before;

2. The strategically placed emoticon makes me seem human; and,

3. The “- D” makes the person think, “crap… I know lots of names that start with D…”

It was extremely hard to not descend into “I just had a quadruple heart bypass and I spent my life savings on the cute kittens I saved from the mean alligators – so please help me”.  I think I might be better at grammar and come up with a more believable story, but I won’t steal as much money or sell as many sexual enhancement drugs as the professional spammers out there.

Conclusion: Don’t judge a spammer until you’ve typed awhile on his keyboard (modern take on the mile-in-shoe proverb).

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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He can spin a book for a really long time.