The end of an era, but spam will never die
Today is the end of a personal era. Today is the day I let my long-held-in-reserve domain dandysalami.com expire. For a long time, I had intended the domain as a web home, and obtained it some six years ago as a quirky personal domain. (It’s an anagram, get it?) I never did anything with it, and as my professional profile grew and the web matured, it seemed harder and harder to justify sending anyone to that domain with a straight face, or with that expressing anything about my identity. When I had the brainstorm about this domain last autumn, I went for it, and haven’t looked back.
Still, I do feel a pang of regret, and the decision was made especially bittersweet when I received the following spam.
You are looking at a photo, made especially for you so that you can really see how your website or company name comes into its own on your company car.
To watch our [FOO]PLATES VIDEO follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyFUsc_d_iw.
The product you can see is called [FOO]PLATES.
[Foo]plates are three dimensional letters, made of the same material as car manufacturers use for their brand name. The letters are chrome-plated so that they are resistant to any type of weather.
A standard [Foo]plate consists of 20 characters. A [foo]plate with 20 characters is approximately 40cms (15,7 inch) long. For more than 20 characters you can request a quotation via sales@[foo]-plates-b2b.co.uk. There are letters of 2.2 cms such as a, o, m, c etc. and of 3.2 cms high such as A, B, C, D, l, p, k etc. Additional characters are _ @ ( ) ? , € - ! The delivery time is between 1 to 3 weeks. [etc.]
I elided the company name because, well, clever though it is, it’s still spam, and the last thing I want is to poison my google cred with that stuff.
Anyway, I thought that was a great use of an image processing script for something that was absolutely absurd. (Plus they get props for using Myriad as the font, and for roping YouTube to run their commercial.) Has anyone else run into these folks?Tweet