Spam? SPAM? sPam? SpAm? spam? sPaM? sPAM? spAM?

According to the ‘trusty ‘ (well, debatable) Urban Dictionary the word SPAM is considered to mean the following:

Urban Dictionary: SPAMScreen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.02.56 pmScreen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.03.15 pmScreen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.03.37 pmAnd this is only a select few of the meanings given. As you can see from the number of likes each of these additions have received, it is clear that a large majority of people have very similar opinions when it comes to  the infamous Spam.

It is however, well known that Urban Dictionary, despite its entertaining and often humorous take on definitions, is not the most ‘academic’ of sources.
So in order to back up the Spam explanations above… the following is an attempt at a slightly more supported Span understanding.

And no.. unfortunately I’m not talking about the hilarious Monty Python skit this time (think Spam canned meat and vikings) … Although it’s well worth the watch so if you’re felling like a laugh. Click Here. 

According to Justin Rao and David Reiley in the journal article The Economics of Spam, SPAM refers to those unsolicited commercial emails, or any other form of communication containing undesirable content.

Electronic Junk-mail – we just don’t want it.

An endless repetition of worthless text trying to sell you a product that may be will be, of absolutely no use to you, or just a plan old virus or hoax trying to reel you in – Don’t give in! This is because these messages are not customised to you, or sent to a group of people within a particular market, they are sent to EVERYONE. Well, maybe not everyone, but most. Using mailing lists from online websites and databases; spam steals these addresses and uses the power of the internet to send you endless annoying emails, eating up your network bandwidth.  There are companies out there that attempt to stop the devil (a.k.a Spam), fighting it with a variety of techniques, however, according to an article by Angie Beal, as the internet is a public domain, so there is really little that can be done to prevent it.

I’ve been trying to think of any spam I have received lately… but all that comes to mind is those emails back in the day, the days of MSN and MySpace, where you would receive an email along the lines of: “Read this and forward it to 10 friends or you will have bad karma forever” or “if you don’t forward this message you are never going to have a love in your life.” (Rediculous hey!) I must admit… in my naive pre-teen days probably did fall for these a few times. But is it Spam? It was most definitely unwanted…but can these annoying messages be classified as spam?

Let me know what you think!? Or even any recent spam that’s been sent you way?

Cheers Internet friends


2 thoughts on “Spam? SPAM? sPam? SpAm? spam? sPaM? sPAM? spAM?

  1. Interesting article, to be honest. Nowadays, I still get alot of spam in my inboxes, but I still do glance over them once in a while, just to see if any of the promotional emails give me a good deal! Spam might be annoying or deemed ineffective nowadays, but it could also be a subtle way to market your website and product through repetition.

    I’ve clicked on countless Myers spam emails, only to find myself purchasing an item or browsing through their store at some point. So it could work on others too! would be interested to see what the click to purchase ratio would be for Spam emails! 🙂

    (Check out my blog and let me know your thoughts too 😀 )


  2. Great post! Super clear and easy to follow 🙂
    I remember back in the early days when I was still in primary school and unknowingly opening spam emails that just infected the computer with these relentless viruses that would never go away! It was the absolute worst. It’s a lot easier for me to differentiate between emails now, thankfully!
    These days, I don’t really encounter spam all that often. My Monash student account seems to be really good at detecting spam though because I’ve never seen one ever!
    If spam is defined as ‘unwanted’ then I guess what emails constitute as spam can be subjective. I get quite of few emails that I’m actually interested in sent to my spam folder in my personal email account. These tend to be newsletters and promotions from brands that I’ve signed up for. I guess this emphasis on how annoying and terrible spam is can potentially affect the credibility of other emails, content and even marketing strategies.


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