How can I export a list of names from my spam?
January 18, 2010 8:06 PM Subscribe
Help me make the most of spam! No, I don't want to send it. I want to receive it - and have some fun with it. And I need your help, especially if you know how to export bits of email.
posted by 2oh1 to computers & internet (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A long time ago, I noticed a great looking name in the sender section of a piece of spam email. This, of course, led me to start saving spam names for use when writing fiction. Eventually, I created a writing prompt generator [link in profile] that spits out a random name, a noun and a verb.
Here's where I could really use some knowhow: There has to be a better way to gather spam-names than what I'm doing.
Currently, I'm cutting the names from my gmail spam and pasting them into a text file (OS X). It works, but it's time consuming because I wait until I have 50 or so good names... and then, I cut/paste/cut/paste, rinse lather repeat.
Is there a way for me to export only the SENDER portion of a list of emails so I'd end up with a list of the names?
And if there is... is there a strategy for creating an email account specifically to have it hammered by spam? Is there a strategy for attracting a better caliber of spam (if there is such a thing?). In other words, I want more spam from Lisa West, Eddie Rankin and Rae Finch... and less email from ViagraSuperstore and BigWeeWee4U!