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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
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2013-04-10 10:49:16 AM  
4 votes:
Wait until they see how much junk mail it gets NOW.
2013-04-10 10:06:43 AM  
4 votes:
I hate to say it, but I'm going to use this as my throwaway now.
2013-04-10 01:22:04 PM  
2 votes:

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

You have that backwards.

2013-04-10 11:52:16 AM  
2 votes:
Hmm. Assuming eighteen's spam filter works exactly as efficiently as does the spam filter on my gmail account, I'm guessing it got a LOT more than 4,382 emails over those 10 years. Most of them just got deleted every 30 days is all.
2013-04-10 02:43:51 PM  
1 vote:

brnt00: Obligatory example of New Yorker "humor"
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2013-04-10 02:09:29 PM  
1 vote:
Quite a few people apparently use one of my Gmail addresses for all kinds of nonsense. My favorite thing to do is use new account confirmation emails to close accounts, change passwords, etc., so that they can no longer access whatever it is they used my email address for. It's one of life's little joys.
2013-04-10 01:29:40 PM  
1 vote:
In other news, gmail is 9 years old.  That makes me feel old.  I still remember all the gmail referral threads on fark.
2013-04-10 12:51:24 PM  
1 vote:

Honest Bender: That article was boring as balls.  Did anyone read the whole thing?  Did anything interesting end up happening?

Squatters are worse than scalpers.
2013-04-10 12:38:26 PM  
1 vote:
His definition of SPAM and mine are different.

Every unsolicited offer to buy is SPAM.
2013-04-10 11:11:02 AM  
1 vote:
I have a not common, but, not uncommon name that I made as my gmail name, and even though I have a different gmail account now, I have stuff sent to that fwd to my current gmail acct.   I get stuff all the time sent to "other" people with that name.   Even more odd though that the "parents" of other people with my name sending me vacation photos is what are obviously people WITH my name, using the email address as their email address on their airline reservations, online website orders, etc.  And it isn't like they used my CC or anything, they were just too careless to not use their middle initial or number or whatever they probably have that distinguishes their gmail address from mine when setting up the acct.

I've generally just let those go, and unsubscribed the email address to the websites, although I was tempted one time to reroute some cool looking RC helicopters someone bought from QVC to my house.
2013-04-10 10:13:03 AM  
1 vote:

Throwaway email address receives spam, is sometimes used by random strangers as a throwaway.

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