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aol/yahoo email charging scam

i sent out either an eff or moveon.org petition to my friends to protest the new aol/yahoo charging email scheme. i think its shite that they’re starting to charge for ‘electronic stamps’ to speed email through their filters in an effort to block spam. i think the whole concept is garbage and merely a disguise to extort $$ from consumers for what, admittedly, is a free service that must cost them loads to maintain. wintermute responded against the petition, saying “paying will simply let people bypass filters and get there faster. it’s like a cruise card at the toll both on the highway. if you don’t pay, you still get there, just slower. could be a deterrant against low-grade spam.”

i’ve read that tripe as well, and don’t buy it. here’s my take: it doesn’t really help email get there faster – that’s just marketing shite. how long does it take for you to get an email to me? 2 seconds? less? an email stamp is merely a way for big companies to start making money off fear. ‘will your email be considered spam? will it get sent to the spam folder? will it make it there in time?’ these are really questions of no import b/c these issues never occur. maybe .00001% of the time a real email is considered spam, but that’s usually only when it’s sent to a lot of people and has keywords that get picked up by filters.

what aol and yahoo are doing is finding a way to finance their anti-spam technologies. they hope that the income from email stamps will balance the costs that go into their anti-spam efforts. spam will always be a way of digital life just as junk mail is a way of analog life. google’s anti-spam is on the money – click a spam button and it gets reported back as spam for the greater community.

if this catches on w/ aol and yahoo, it becomes a stepping stone for eventually requiring payment for all email. you’ll get only a certain amount of emails free per month, and after that you need to buy. and then all bits of info are commodotized, freedom fails, and your mom sucks all life from this god forsaken rock we call earth…

here’s an article that sheds some light on the issue.

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