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  • My Apologies

    Posted by Mitch Townsend on April 14th, 2009 (All posts by )

    Many of you – far too many – will shortly receive an invitation to be my “friend” on a site called I am so sorry to have caused you this inconvenience. The sign-up for this “free service” (only the useful parts require payment) ask you to import your email contacts. In my case, that included a lot of Chicago Boyz correspondents. Only later did I realize that instead of using them to search, it blasted spam to all of you. Again, my profound apologies. Please avoid this awful site.


    6 Responses to “My Apologies”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but this sort of thing happens from time to time, either because someone I know unwittingly signs up with a sleazy website or because someone I know gets a computer virus that emails everyone in his address book. Either way it’s not a big deal. The emails that come out of it always look fishy and I don’t respond to them.

      BTW, have you received my urgent communications about important Nigerian investment opportunities?

    2. Shannon Love Says:

      Wait, are the swedish fashion model that wants to get to know me better?

    3. Dan from Madison Says:

      Back when I used Hotmail, about every six months or so spammers would hack my account and spam my whole address list. No such problems with gmail so far.

    4. tehag Says:

      Gmail- hundreds of variants of my name have probably phony accounts at gmail, making impossible for me to have an account with anything resembling my real name (perhaps I should look upon that as a blessing). I assume these accounts are used to spam people, hopefully no one I know.


    5. Tatyana Says:

      Dan: hotmail is terrible! it can’t do a search inside the mailbox, decides all of a sudden that a correspondent of 4-year standing is a spammer, or skips letters from same addressee randomly. And the worst part: I can’t get rid of the account! Until someone keeps sending me mail to it, they don’t close the address.

    6. Dan from Madison Says:

      Tatyana, funny you mention that not being able to close the account with hotmail. I tried over and over to close that thing but it would never go away. So I just abandoned it – I think they close them automatically after “x” months of non use.