Recently the privacy of one of my E-mail addresses was breached, causing a sudden bloat over my mailbox for a day or two. It was an unpleasant experience, much thanks to the incompetency of one party and the lack of consideration of many others.
This unpleasant experience inspired me to highlight the importance of respecting the privacy of other E-mail users.
How It All Began
Recently I’ve participated in a locally activity called YouthSearch organized by YouthMalaysia, some of you dear readers would’ve noticed a colorful “Y” icon on the upper right side just a few weeks ago.
After the contest period ended, the main organizer sent an invitation E-mail to all participants. While it’s not wrong to send mass E-mail for a purpose, the organizers made a HUGE blunder – the E-mail was sent to all participants by having all E-mail addresses placed in the TO section instead of the BCC.
And as if that wasn’t stupid enough, the organizers sent 2 invitation E-mails and both E-mails had all recipient addresses placed in the TO section instead of the BCC!
Well, I’m not making this up. This mistake actually happened, see for yourself – an apology from the organizer……
LOL. Over-excited! Oh how un-professional…… 8)
E-mail privacy is important, it protects us E-mail users from SPAM.
Unfortunately in this case, by having all E-mails exposed in the TO section – SPAM was inevitable.
From that mistake alone I had over 70 spams in my E-mail account and I noticed the spam rate has increased.
The Unethical and The Inconsiderate
Well you might think that it’s a small matter of have your E-mail address leaked to the public. 🙁
Now let’s look at what WE the innocent had to face. Of course, I can’t show you the contents of these E-mail and neither will I be giving your their E-mail addresses, I will however highlight the type of nonsense that are constantly filling up the mailbox.
First up, we have SPAM E-mails from the all-so-desperate bloggers capitalizing the opportunity to introduce their blog.
Then we have SPAM E-mails from the all-so-desperate website owners who shamelessly capitalize this opportunity to promote their business.
Then of course we have SPAM E-mails from the people who have little to no common sense to just ignore the mistake, and neither do they have any form of consideration towards others in the list. As if the problem was not bad enough, they decided to click REPLY ALL. So yeah, 1 reply goes to everyone and adding to the spam. Instantly the E-mail became a form of chat. And for the record, most of their replies are not constructive – SPAM! 😐
Lastly, and the one I hate the most – the one that immediately place me in their Newsletter recipient list. 👿 My goodness, I didn’t even subscribe for it!
What Do We Learn Here?
Respect the E-mail address of others.
Such ridiculous mistake causes much inconvenience to others. It’s as if people don’t already have enough trouble with spam.
Practice common sense, even when it comes to using the Internet. Be considerate towards others.
So my dear readers, did you participate in the event and suffered the annoyance of E-mail spam as well? Share your thoughts.