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(The New Yorker)   Man squats a dictionary-word gmail address in 2004 and forgets about it. Finds 4,382 unread messages, 9 years later. For the New Yorker, this is a shocking story   (newyorker.com) divider line 74
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2013-04-10 02:42:54 PM  

Genju: mama2tnt: r1niceboy: I use the E-mail address of a person that attended college at the same time as I did (a plagiarist, and of the most annoying people I've ever met), as my throwaway. Mind you, I also signed him up to NRA and NAMBLA newsletters. Within a month of me doing this, he'd developed a noticeable twitch.

Okay, Farkers, I know you all probably know the answer to this: one of my sons opened his (dumb, not smart) phone yesterday and it was already set to a new text message for him to send - to someone he'd never heard of at a number he ascertained was not a working number. When he checked his contacts, he found this person's contact in there, even though he had never done any of this (and the phone was in his possession at all times). Could any of you explain to this old lady what happened? Thanks for any help.

Is it a Verizon line? Whenever I meet new people and get their phone numbers, when I call them for the first time my name actually shows up on their phone even though they've never had a call from me. Only seems to happen when we're both Verizon carriers. Not sure about other carriers doing this for people who have the same carrier.

/carrier


I have a Verizon Android phone.  Not sure if its a Verizon thing, but by default when you miss a call, it pops up a menu of stock text messages to send like "I'm on another call, will call you back".
 
2013-04-10 02:43:51 PM  

brnt00: Obligatory example of New Yorker "humor"
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3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-10 02:52:14 PM  
Some American scientist who lives in Paris has the same name as me.

I don't know if he's confused, or the people that sends him mails are confused, but I often get firs­tname­las­t­n­ame­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­iam­g*com emails that were meant for him.

I wish my life was as interesting as his. :(
 
2013-04-10 02:55:08 PM  

Seat's Taken: mama2tnt: r1niceboy: ...

 I once answered my phone and it was someone who was calling a different number entirely.  The person who was actually calling me at that moment had their call answered by the person that the guy I talked to was trying to reach.  No one had mis-dialed, the calls were somehow criss-crossed during initiation.


Something similar to that happened to me once too.  I received an incoming call from an unknown number and answered it.  I was then listening in to half of a conversation, and they could not hear me at all.  I've always wanted that to happen again.

/­bg­ate­s[nospam-﹫-backwards]t­fos­o­rci­m­*c­o­m is my go-to for most throwaway uses
 
2013-04-10 03:08:45 PM  

downstairs: Genju: mama2tnt: r1niceboy: I use the E-mail address of a person that attended college at the same time as I did (a plagiarist, and of the most annoying people I've ever met), as my throwaway. Mind you, I also signed him up to NRA and NAMBLA newsletters. Within a month of me doing this, he'd developed a noticeable twitch.

Okay, Farkers, I know you all probably know the answer to this: one of my sons opened his (dumb, not smart) phone yesterday and it was already set to a new text message for him to send - to someone he'd never heard of at a number he ascertained was not a working number. When he checked his contacts, he found this person's contact in there, even though he had never done any of this (and the phone was in his possession at all times). Could any of you explain to this old lady what happened? Thanks for any help.

Is it a Verizon line? Whenever I meet new people and get their phone numbers, when I call them for the first time my name actually shows up on their phone even though they've never had a call from me. Only seems to happen when we're both Verizon carriers. Not sure about other carriers doing this for people who have the same carrier.

/carrier

I have a Verizon Android phone.  Not sure if its a Verizon thing, but by default when you miss a call, it pops up a menu of stock text messages to send like "I'm on another call, will call you back".


Ah different then what I'm talking about. Basically when I call their phone for the first time (to give them my number), I see my name pop up on their phone along with the number even though they haven't added me to their contacts yet. Kinda freaky if you ask me lol.
 
2013-04-10 03:10:19 PM  
I wonder who has the email ass­hole[nospam-﹫-backwards]li­amg*com and if they are an asshole or like assholes?
 
2013-04-10 03:13:19 PM  
I had god@netcom for awhile.  some weird shiat there
 
2013-04-10 03:33:52 PM  
The guys over at ZDnet scored b­i­l­l*gates[nospam-﹫-backwards]koolt­uo*c­om and wrote an equally boring story.
 
2013-04-10 03:46:27 PM  

Genju: downstairs: Genju: mama2tnt: r1niceboy: I use the E-mail address of a person that attended college at the same time as I did (a plagiarist, and of the most annoying people I've ever met), as my throwaway. Mind you, I also signed him up to NRA and NAMBLA newsletters. Within a month of me doing this, he'd developed a noticeable twitch.

Okay, Farkers, I know you all probably know the answer to this: one of my sons opened his (dumb, not smart) phone yesterday and it was already set to a new text message for him to send - to someone he'd never heard of at a number he ascertained was not a working number. When he checked his contacts, he found this person's contact in there, even though he had never done any of this (and the phone was in his possession at all times). Could any of you explain to this old lady what happened? Thanks for any help.

Is it a Verizon line? Whenever I meet new people and get their phone numbers, when I call them for the first time my name actually shows up on their phone even though they've never had a call from me. Only seems to happen when we're both Verizon carriers. Not sure about other carriers doing this for people who have the same carrier.

/carrier

I have a Verizon Android phone.  Not sure if its a Verizon thing, but by default when you miss a call, it pops up a menu of stock text messages to send like "I'm on another call, will call you back".

Ah different then what I'm talking about. Basically when I call their phone for the first time (to give them my number), I see my name pop up on their phone along with the number even though they haven't added me to their contacts yet. Kinda freaky if you ask me lol.


That is an option for me in My Verizon. It's called Share Name ID.
 
2013-04-10 03:47:32 PM  

mama2tnt: Okay, Farkers, I know you all probably know the answer to this: one of my sons opened his (dumb, not smart) phone yesterday and it was already set to a new text message for him to send - to someone he'd never heard of at a number he ascertained was not a working number. When he checked his contacts, he found this person's contact in there, even though he had never done any of this (and the phone was in his possession at all times). Could any of you explain to this old lady what happened? Thanks for any help.


Are you sure it was a new phone?  Possibly a re-furb?  If the latter, the wiping process probably goofed up somehow.

If new... well, that *is* strange.
 
2013-04-10 03:54:59 PM  

Loadmaster: Loadmaster:
four thousand three hundred and eighty-two
nine hundred and forty-one
thousand two hundred and sixty-six

I really hate it when "literate" people insist on spelling out long numbers. It's about as bad as not using capitalization or punctuation.

FDR Jones: that style is standard for professional writing  numbers under ten are written as a digit and numbers over 9 are spelled out  however i do think the word and is extraneous and could create ambiguity

jennies1897: You have that backwards.
http://www.grammarbook.com/numbers/numbers.asp

FDR Jones: that's the joke?

It's okay, I got the joke in your Boobies. Kudos for replying to mine.


Sorry to ruin the joke, but it's the New Yorker editors and their stylebook that does that. Read any article in the magazine that has large numbers, and they'll all be spelled out like that.
 
2013-04-10 03:55:22 PM  
Lesson learned: donate to Obama, get spammed.
 
2013-04-10 03:58:20 PM  

mama2tnt: r1niceboy: I use the E-mail address of a person that attended college at the same time as I did (a plagiarist, and of the most annoying people I've ever met), as my throwaway. Mind you, I also signed him up to NRA and NAMBLA newsletters. Within a month of me doing this, he'd developed a noticeable twitch.

Okay, Farkers, I know you all probably know the answer to this: one of my sons opened his (dumb, not smart) phone yesterday and it was already set to a new text message for him to send - to someone he'd never heard of at a number he ascertained was not a working number. When he checked his contacts, he found this person's contact in there, even though he had never done any of this (and the phone was in his possession at all times). Could any of you explain to this old lady what happened? Thanks for any help.


Any chance someone else picked up his phone thinking it was there and started to write a text on it? Anyone else in the house use the same phone? Or, alternatively, your son is for some reason not telling you the whole story...

/IWANTTOBELIEVE.jpg
 
2013-04-10 04:03:32 PM  
"Everything changed in April, 2008. That's when someone from California named Mark listed eighteen as his preferred e-mail address in the course of donating ten dollars to the Obama campaign. "

I can only imagine the flood of spam I have been responsible for at gofa­r­ky­ou­rself[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­iamg­*c­o­m and n­onyabidnes­s[nospam-﹫-backwards]lia­m­g­*c­o­m.

I loathe registrations requiring you to sign up for their spam to access some throwaway, minimal value white-paper download or freebie resource.

If we are exchanging money and forming an ongoing transactional relationship, then I may be willing to allow you to contact me in the future, but when you are offering the digital equivelant of a sausage sampler at Costco? No, you don't get my info. If your promotional item is good enough, then I will get back in touch with you, otherwise, don't call me, I'll call you.
 
2013-04-10 04:31:51 PM  
Oops- got in trouble. Forgot about the salty language. Here are links to a letter I got at work and the response we nearly sent:

The Letter

The Reply
 
2013-04-10 05:19:21 PM  
FTA "Do your thing. Flood the in-box, if you like "

Hmmm...
 
2013-04-10 05:21:31 PM  

BojanglesPaladin: "Everything changed in April, 2008. That's when someone from California named Mark listed eighteen as his preferred e-mail address in the course of donating ten dollars to the Obama campaign. "

I can only imagine the flood of spam I have been responsible for at gofarkyourself[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com and nonyabidness[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com.

I loathe registrations requiring you to sign up for their spam to access some throwaway, minimal value white-paper download or freebie resource.

If we are exchanging money and forming an ongoing transactional relationship, then I may be willing to allow you to contact me in the future, but when you are offering the digital equivelant of a sausage sampler at Costco? No, you don't get my info. If your promotional item is good enough, then I will get back in touch with you, otherwise, don't call me, I'll call you.


I have a signup@mydomain which I used when I just want whatever but must supply an email address to click a link or something. If I don`t even have to do that then my email address is far­k[nospam-﹫-backwards]uoy­*c­om. It used to be a.b.com but too many sites already had me as a user.....
 
2013-04-10 05:23:35 PM  

CleanAndPure: What's funny is I accidentally got an email intended for someone else from a princess in Nigeria.

She is going to give me €15 million if I help her get her money out of the country. All I need to dois Western Union her a few thousand dollars.

How lucky am I?


As lucky as you are smart. Well done!
 
2013-04-10 05:28:26 PM  

FDR Jones: Loadmaster: four thousand three hundred and eighty-two
nine hundred and forty-one
thousand two hundred and sixty-six

I really hate it when "literate" people insist on spelling out long numbers. It's about as bad as not using capitalization or punctuation.

that style is standard for professional writing  numbers under ten are written as a digit and numbers over 9 are spelled out  however i do think the word and is extraneous and could create ambiguity


I learned it the reverse way: spell out one through ten, but use numerals for 11 and up. Really the line is arbitrary, but it is usually somewhere between 10 and 20.

This is at least true for technical writing.
 
2013-04-10 05:49:28 PM  

ExpressPork: Pontious Pilates: I knew someone who knew someone back in the day, and so I got a Gmail invite somewhat early on. It's simply my last name (which is pretty common) and a single digit.

The unintended consequence has been all the emails I get intended for other people. It's apparently pretty simple to forget to tack on the extra digit or first name/initial or whatever separates my email address from someone else's. A few times a week, I get the most random emails out of the blue. I've been a member of the Ohio Bar Association, on the board of an Art Museum in Ireland, a camp counselor in Michigan, I got invited to some dude's bachelor party last week.

It's a pretty fun kind of reverse-voyeurism. Whose life will I get a peek into next?

This!
I managed to score a very early invite to gmail and got (mylastname)@gmail.com, the account I still use to this day.  I get SO many emails that aren't intended for me.  Usually I politely respond that they have the wrong email.  Usually.


Same here. I got my firstnamelastname, which turns out to more common than I thought. As a result, I get a lot of email intended for other people to the point where I get way more information than I should. There are a few who keep using my email addy even though I've asked them not to. For that one gal in Utah, the next time I get a Fedex/UPS notice, I'm calling to have it rerouted to my home instead. Hey, we have the same name so it's legit. Plus, she buys nice, expensive things.
 
2013-04-10 06:14:45 PM  
I use pee­st­ain­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­ia­mg­*com as my throwaway. I get some interesting emails.
 
2013-04-10 09:56:03 PM  
My wife has the same name as a realtor in Texas, and gets all kinds of email to her Yahoo account intended for the realtor - copies of purchase and sale agreements, loan applications, bank statements, you name it. She's sent quite a few nastygrams in reply stating that it must violate all sorts of legal and ethical standards to send this confidential information out without first verifying that it's going to the correct place.

/seriously, it seems like these banks and lawyers do a Google search for "Firstname Lastname", and just send it out to the first result that pops up.
 
2013-04-10 11:53:42 PM  
I had an invite only gmail account that was my first initial and last name @gmail.com.
Well some genius friend of mine put that address into some sort of website ("sign up your friends! add their email addresses!") and I got a boatload of spam ever since. Because I got so much spam, I barely used the email. I would check it about once a month to look for real emails.
At one point, I noticed that I had non-spam emails in their meant for an actress in California who has the same first initial and last name as I do. There would be notices for auditions, rehearsals etc. I finally wrote back one day, saying that her email address was not listed correctly and deleted that gmail. I made a new one that was f­i­rs­tn­am­e­*las­t­n­a­me[nospam-﹫-backwards]liamg­*c­om. Spam free so far.

/cool story?
 
2013-04-11 12:55:39 AM  
Someone used my dictionary word hotmail account to create a Facebook account.
They guessed my password, but didn't bother to change it.  When Facebook emailed me for some random reason, I did change it.  Now I have a random Facebook account that periodically "experiences trouble logging into"
 
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