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Hmmm... Would You? 7 June 2000 Edition
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We all hate spam right? So why would you sign up to receive it?

That's the question that has me wondering. I refer to the recently launched (4OptInNZ website and "Direct Email Network" which, in this press release has made it known that if you're interested in receiving commercial offers in as many as 500 categories then you can sign up to receive such special offers via email.

 Please support the advertiser InternetNZ, the voice of the New Zealand Internet

The truth is (I hope) that this site won't be sending you spam because, it's opt-in! Like most people, I have no problem in principle with well targeted commercial email -- it's only the rising tide of unsolicited commercial email that gets up my nose.

What's more, I congratulate Opt-In NZ for setting up this service and I hope it is a raging success -- simply because it might encourage other direct marketers to use it rather than resort to spam as a method of promoting their wares.

Good work Opt-In NZ, but I, and a lot of others, will be watching :-)

Wham, Bam, Don't Spam!
While on the subject of spamming, I've got to share this great site which someone kindly posted to a local newsgroup.

If you've ever been driven to distraction by spammers -- take a look at (4Behind Enemy Lines, a brilliant diary of how a group of spammers picked on the wrong guy and what he did about it.

It put a smile on my face for the whole day!

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