Spam!
August 18, 2011 6:26 PM   Subscribe

I have ten thousand email addresses. Who may I spam?

a) family and friends
b) facebook and gplus friends
c) people I communicated with via email, even only once
d) 2000 email addresses harvested from a ridiculously open directory on a website narrowly targeted at my niche market
e) email addresses collected from businesses and organizations in my niche market via web surfing
f) email addresses from people writing their names down on paper at public gatherings
g) email addresses online surveys (LimeSurvey, SurveyMonkey) about my business idea
h) email addresses from Metafilter (4 people - narrowly targeted -- Canadian plus some other qualifiers) - same goes for other websites.

I have been collecting these email addressees since 1995. The addresses are nawworly targeted.
posted by mysmallbiz to Computers & Internet (20 answers total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Huh? What is this exactly about? Maybe rephrase and ask again next week.maybe. -- jessamyn

 
D'oh. *narrowly.
posted by mysmallbiz at 6:27 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Spamming works like flossing. You only have to floss the teeth you want to keep, and you only get to spam friends you intend to lose.

Also, wtf.
posted by phunniemee at 6:29 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


What country/state are you in? Where are the people who own these email addresses?
posted by decathecting at 6:29 PM on August 18, 2011


If you have 10,000 email addresses that you've been collecting since 1995, you're going to find that 9,000 are no longer active.

In other news, the Golden Rule takes another dip in the popularity charts.
posted by bricoleur at 6:33 PM on August 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


I'm pretty sure it's "whom." as in, "Whom may I spam?"

What do we think, fellow pedants?

Oh, also: the answer is no one. Just, don't. Please.
posted by pecanpies at 6:36 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


From wikipedia:

The opposite of "spam," email which one wants, is called "ham" ....

So. You may "spam" anyone you like. But be aware that nobody wants it. As such, you'll burn a lot of bridges.

See also, legality issues. Of course, IANAL, this is not legal advice.
posted by bilabial at 6:37 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


What do you want to achieve?
posted by jacalata at 6:37 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is this a stunt post or something? Because I can't imagine why anyone would think it's okay to ask who you can spam. Let alone who you can spam going back SIXTEEN YEARS.
posted by katillathehun at 6:37 PM on August 18, 2011


Ok, wow, harsh initial response. This is not penis spam, this is a legit brick and mortars concept. At the very least, friends and family would be happy to hear about this idea.
posted by mysmallbiz at 6:38 PM on August 18, 2011


By the look of this (and presuming you are in Canada) you may spam any of these people who have explicitly given you permission.
posted by pompomtom at 6:39 PM on August 18, 2011


Then send it to friends and family. I assume you don't have 10,000 of those.
posted by pecanpies at 6:39 PM on August 18, 2011


No one.

Next question?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:39 PM on August 18, 2011


Seems like a great idea.
1. Set up an account for a user called "MyHomeBiz".
2. Tell people you have 10,000 email addresses.
3. Wait for the Mefimail.
4. ??????
5. Profit!
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 6:40 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fifteen minutes. Longer than I thought.

And counting...
posted by supercres at 6:40 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


MySmallBiz, even.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 6:40 PM on August 18, 2011


The name is legit. It's a sockpuppet account.
posted by mysmallbiz at 6:41 PM on August 18, 2011


I have the funny feeling you might not have any friends left if you did this.
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 6:42 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Upon failure to review:

This is not penis spam, this is a legit brick and mortars concept.

Doesn't matter what kind of concept it is. If it is unwanted and unasked-for email, it's spam. It's junk mail.

At the very least, friends and family would be happy to hear about this idea.

You know, my aunt thought i'd be happy getting that super-text-heavy Tea Party-esque email about Hillary Clinton that one time, but...no.

Okay, I'll play nice. Study your ISP to see what the rules are about mass-email (lots of them have a cutoff point of how many people you can cc on a single email, and if you exceed it they'll block your email from being sent). Then cull your list accordingly.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:42 PM on August 18, 2011


That...makes it even less legit, I'd say. If this is so legitimate, why don't you want it connected to your username?

All right, I'm gonna stop feeding the trolls now. Promise.
posted by pecanpies at 6:43 PM on August 18, 2011


At any rate, there are lots of SEO/direct marketing forums that will give you more help than AskMe.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 6:43 PM on August 18, 2011


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