Alternate meanings of spam

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The term “spamming” is also used in the older sense of something repetitious and disruptive by players of various video games, most often first-person shooters or fighting games. For shooters, it refers to “area denial” tactics—repeatedly firing rockets or other … Read More

Spam history

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The term spam is derived from the Monty Python SPAM sketch, set in a cafe where everything on the menu includes SPAM luncheon meat. As the server recites the SPAM-filled menu, presently a chorus of Viking patrons drowns out all … Read More

Commercial uses of spam

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The most common purpose for spamming is advertising. Goods commonly advertised in spam include pornography, unlicensed computer software, medical products such as Viagra, credit card accounts, and fad products. In part because of the bad reputation (and dubious legal status) … Read More

Spam targeting search engines (Spamdexing)

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Spamdexing (a portmanteau of spamming and indexing) refers to the practice on the World Wide Web of deliberately modifying HTML pages to increase the chance of them being placed high on search engine relevancy lists. People who do this are … Read More

Phone and online game spam

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Mobile phone spam Mobile phone spam is directed at the text messaging service of a mobile phone. This can be especially irritating to consumers not only for the inconvenience but also because they sometimes have to pay to receive the … Read More

e-Mail marketing terms

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Auto-responders : Automatic replies sent by the e-mail software of the recipient after receipt of an e-mail. Bounce backs e-mail sent back to the server that originally sent the e-mail. Bounce rate Ratio of bounced e-mails to total e-mails sent. … Read More

Newsgroup spam and Forum spam

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Newsgroup spam predates e-mail spam, and targets Usenet newsgroups. Old Usenet convention defines spamming as excessive multiple posting, that is, the repeated posting of a message (or substantially similar messages). Since posting to newsgroups is nearly as easy as sending … Read More

e-Mail marketing – The Bad

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Many companies use e-mail marketing to communicate with existing customers, but many other companies send unsolicited commercial e-mail, also known as spam. Illicit e-mail marketing antedates legitimate e-mail marketing, since on the early Internet it was not permitted to use … Read More

Spam

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A KMail folder full of spam e-mail messages collected over a few days. Spamming is commonly defined as the sending of unsolicited bulk e-mail – that is, email that was not asked for (unsolicited) by multiple recipients (bulk). A further … Read More

MySpace between developers and angry users

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MySpace tries to wake up and keep its leader position, by opening its doors to the developers, as did Facebook and many other social networks. Beginning with next week, on February 5, the site will become fully operational with documentation … Read More

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