It is really sad that I have to write this. But for the last one year, I have been subject to CSPAM – Christian SPAM – emails on christian topics from people I know (and don’t), but which I never asked for or subscribed to. I receive these emails just because they have my email address in their contact list and they know I am a Christian. I do not know if they send these emails to non-Christians too.
For the last three months, one brother uses Orkut to send his messages to everyone on his friends list. The only problem is that I have been getting approximately 8 copies of the same email on the same day.
Today, one new email newsletter author (I don’t even know this guy!) sent me this – “Please Send e-mail id’s of all your contacts to (his email address)
Can you believe that? The guy actually wants me to share my address book with him so he can send emails to them – literally cspam them.
I understand we have the most important message in the whole world. But does it really mean that we can send bulk mails to anyone?
We are careful when we directly interact with someone. We show adequate manners and ettiquete. But these same etiquettes or manners fly out the window when communicating via email!
People are already burdened with all sorts of junk in their inbox. There are forwards from friends, chain mails (AOL, MS, ZDNet seem to be tracking ever email we send, so they can help some sick kid somewhere in Zimbabwe) and virux hoaxes (attachments don’t explode your hard disks).
Since I started this post, I might as well say what you can do to get the message across, without gatecrashing.
- Start a website with a blog. And update your messages there.
- Start a blog. It’s the easier than starting a website. But you will have benefits if you have it at your own domain.
- Activate RSS on your blog. It is a beautiful invention and people love it.
- Start a newsletter and include a “Subscribe to newsletter” link on your blog/website, where people who like reading your stuff can get the stuff in their inbox as and when you write. But let people subscribe themselves. You don’t have to do it for them!
CSPAM or any kind of spam should not happen. And as Christians, let us be good stewards of what has been given to us and not bomb everyone we know, just because we like it.