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Shooting myself in the foot? June 30, 2010

Posted by globalizer in Unicode.

On those web sites that won’t let you register and therefore read their content unless you provide them with everything from your mother’s maiden name to your social security number I usually sign up as a male born in 1901. Just to give their marketing department a little to chew on when they try to tailor their targeted ads.

I am starting to think that may not be such a hot idea though, since my spam folder now seems to consist of approximately 90% viagra promotions, with a few feeble Nigerian-style scams thrown in.

So I wonder if the spammers really are that specific in their targeting – would I be getting spam about dieting if I had signed up as female? – or is this proportion really the norm these days?



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