Steven Hodson Hates Email and So Do I
Why is email stuck in the 80’s? | WinExtra Steven Hodson is out with a post today where he says that email is screwed up.
“The real problem is that our email software is basically nothing more than a dumping ground that we pretend we have a handle on it all when in reality we are willing to declare email bankruptcy faster than a stripper sheds her g-string. In the 20 plus years that email has been the backbone of our information flow the software used to jokingly manage it hasn’t progressed beyond being anything more than the pony express of our cyber lives.”
I wrote a blog post a while back about how much I hate email called Email, 1961-2007 RIP.. Thank God! and nothing much has changed in my opinion.
Sure there are aggressive filtering programs, but these are just as bad as no filtering. Having to sift through a junk mail folder for the false positives is no better than having to sift through the junk email in the first place.
My last 10 emails?
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Now WTF is that supposed to be about? Pure gibberish. These are emails that made it into my inbox, by the way, despite having trained my Apple mail many times as to what is junk and what is not. Here’s an idea Apple, why not let me make a rule that anything that is not in English or requires some language pack that I don’t have installed automatically goes into junk. How could I possibly want the email above and how can you possibly not tell that it’s junk?
9. Supernova 2008 Early Registration. I don’t want to go to Supernova. I don’t want to early register. I’d tell them to unsubscribe but even when I aggressively do this so many of these sort of unsolicited emails still show up. I don’t want to join Kevin Werbach. I don’t want to join the Wharton School of Business. I want Kevin Werbach and the Wharton School of Business to stop sending me email like this.
8. We Media Miami – It’s Time To Register. Andrew Nachison and Dale Peskin I do NOT want to go to “We the Media” in Miami. How come all these conference invites always cost money and never involve photowalking?
7. Message-ID: <65e27ed96eb9$11ae332c$173753c0@hlhaaaaaaaaaaad>
From: Integrate Shipping Ltd / Tank Wen. How about this one. No sender. No subject. No nothing. Why can’t Apple’s mail program be smart enough to catch on that if someone is not disclosing a sender name or a subject, yep, the dreaded blank email, it’s probably spam.
6. »È¦æ¥ø·~©ñ´Ú±M·~¨ó§U¿ì²z. Yep, another gibberish email. Crazy thing is I’ve got 50 of these in my junk mail folder for every one that makes it through.
5. NOTIFICATION OF PAYMENT VIA ATM CARD PAYMENT (ATM-822). Pure spam.
4. Fii un profesionist si castiga. Another email in another language that I don’t want.
3. $10 FREE – NO Gimmicks, NO survey, NO minimum purchase, NO joke. Some guy by the name of Ken Jackson thinks I might be interested.
2. Closes. Some email from some fake person named Mike Solomon who wants to sell me leads. WTF? Leads for what? I don’t want them.
1. LiveAuctions: It’s about PEOPLE! Now why in the world would I want to go to the National Western Stock Show – Wednesday, January 23?
So there you go. The honest to God last 10 emails I’ve received with junk mail filtering turned on with my Apple Mail.
I do get some legitimate email as well. Kristopher Tate who I work on Zooomr with sent me an email asking for a Fed Ex tracking number. Charlie Owen over at Microsoft has been helping me with my Media Center PC and sent me an email. Squid Vicious, a photo pal who is going on our Portland photowalk shot me an email that some photos on my blog weren’t showing.
So I do see the value of email. It’s just that I hate it when legitimate emails show up in my junk mail folder and I miss them and so much crap shows up in my inbox with mail filtering. And I hate getting so much quasi legit Kevin Werbach type marketing email that I wish I could just make go away.
What about punishing these spammers? Surely they catch a few every now and again. Why not throw the book at them. Send them to jail for 20 years. Yeah, yeah, I know, a lot of them are Russian or Chinese and we can’t touch them etc. etc. But when we catch an American or a Canadian or a British Spammer, why not throw the book at them? What about this guy Alan Ralsky for instance. How much time do you think he’ll actually spend in jail. What about putting him away for 30 years. Send a message to other spammers that you get real jail time for polluting the internet.
And what about building tools that allow us to reject *all* email coming from say China or Russia? I’d happily cut myself off from the very few legitimate contacts from those countries in exchange for cutting off the spam. Heck, if people from Russia or China need to contact me, why not just do it by Facebook?
It’s sad that for so many, a great communication medium that worked so well years ago is so polluted and hard to use today.