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May 2, 2008 / davebirss

Happy 30th Birthday spam

OK. SO the internet is 15 and spam is 30. How does that work? Well apparently the first spam message was sent on the ARPANET – a forerunner to the internet. It was an unsolicited message trying to sell DEC minicomputers. It clearly didn’t work because the company is no longer with us. And goodness knows what happened to the nefarious Gary Thuerk who sent it.

Experts now estimate that 100 billion spam messages are sent every day. But if they didn’t work, spammers wouldn’t send them. The FBI estimate that last year, scammers earned £121 million with junk email.
I’m clearly in the wrong industry. Let my tell you about my father who was a Nigerian diplomat…

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