Generally they are diapos, slideshows, images, videos etc.. which they found interesting, and wanted me to see as well. Very kind of them, and often I AM pleased to look at them.
What I am generally not too pleased about is to find my e-mail address on the top of these messages, along with sometimes HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of other poor people's addresses.
These are those mails entitled "RE"-"FW"-RE-FW etc..........
It's a quick way of sending the thing concerned, but what the senders tend not to realise is that this comes from a "scam" and leads to a "spam"!
These things are placed on the net to get you to send them to others. They even ask you to do so - often!
What happens is - you send it to all your friends/colleagues etc., they send it to all their mates and others, and so on..... Each time it's forwarded, it carries with it ALL the e-mail addresses already alerted!
Which was the whole point! You see - often the author of these things are Pro's who earn good money from selling e-mail address lists to Companies, for publicity purposes!
So -don't be surprised at an increased amount of spam if you receive these well meant forwarded messages - or if you forward them!
And yet - it is so simple to avoid that!
If you think someone else you know may like to see the photos offered, then DOWNLOAD the slideshow link onto your own PC hard disk.
This will mean that it shows up without all the addresses, wherever you have downloaded it to - probably "My Documents"
(no need to resort to extreme methods to get rid of spam.............)
From there all you have to do is open your "send an e-mail" account, type a few words to explain to your friend, attach the slideshow/image/video or whatever as an attachment to your mail and send it!
Your friend will receive the necessary, no adding of his address to a saleable list - no enormously long e-mails just full of addresses with the content right at the bottom - no additional spam...!
Most e-mail accounts can accept up to 12 or 15MB of attachments, or even more - if your's doesn't, throw it out and sign up for a G-mail account!
This is only one way of avoiding spam and otherannoying things. Yes, it takes a little more time, but aren't your friends worth it? Or can't you be bothered....?
iwmpop(mrlemarquis) April 2009
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