Avid Bitterwallet reader tackles online privacy

26 February 2010

While we consider the majority of our readership to be a pack of bastards, we have a special place in our heart for you. You are an avid Bitterwallet reader, and we hold you in high regards because of your sharp mind, your keen sense of curiosity and your willingness to entertain whatever drivel we push your way.

Andy of Yarm is one better than an avid reader of Bitterwallet - he's a rabid reader, one of the old guard who has consumed our organ from the beginning. And unknown to us, Andy has been conducting a lurid scientific experiment concerning personal privacy and spam email:

For the past couple of weeks I've been dropping in smartarse comments on the BW website, mainly along the lines 'never post your email details on the web' following by my email address [email protected]

A quick check to Google under the keyword 'andyofyarm' shows a healthy page of links generated, mostly Bitterwallet but also bizarrely this page.

Given that avid BW readers are a pack of twats I expected my inbox to be deluged with Viagra spam or various threats etc. So tonight, with trepidation, I opened the Gmail inbox. Prepare to be shocked by the wall of filth and abuse:

Bitterwallet - Andy of Yarm's Gmail experiment

No detail from Andy on whether the Spam box was full, but interesting that his details were yet to be scraped and abused. That said, it's fair to say that after this post he can probably expect email from Donkey Capers and Wet Girls in the Raw.

TOPICS:   Privacy   Technology

12 comments

  • Tom P.
    [email protected], try this "experiment" on usenet, then see what happens...
  • Robert S.
    Eh?
  • PaulH
    Maybe I'm feeling a little nauseous after my Weatherspoons lunch but I can't figure out what's going on in this post...
  • Bullet
    What just happened, man posts fake email is about all I got.
  • Wilko
    WTF? Slow news day guys? This made about as much sense as Gordon Brown.
  • LB33
    So even the e-mail harvester bots can't bear to read BitterWallet...? Says it all!
  • Fella-Tio
    is this the best BW have got today? COULD have been interesting but unfortunatly its not
  • andyofyarm
    Well .Other than an email from the Potato Processing Collective from some guy called Pael Van BigDick. I have no fucking clue either.Still no spam.
  • dunfyboy
    "unknown to us" I can only assume BW's given up reading the comments as he's been posting his addy for days/weeks/feels like years. Wonder how much spam he'll have by tomorrow?
  • andyofyarm
    Still no spam. Yet my normal emails suffer from the typical spam affliction ,I only give my email address out to so called legitimate providers that have a proper data protection policy. So the conclusion in this? Well I suggest that most corporates (or people who work for them) routinely sell on your details. The best way to hide seems to be in plain sight.
  • -]
    the obvious answer is that SpamAssasin (or whichever other antispam soft/spam filters google use) hasn't let the junkmail through. http://www.google.com/mail/help/fightspam/spamexplained.html
  • Bogey B.
    I conclude that hardly anyone reads this site and those that do can't be arsed to spam as they have better things to do

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