I think we’ve all experienced people telling us they’re reporting or just reported something we posted as spam, right? Or, perhaps YOU are the one saying this?
I’m sure we all have had our fair share of being spammed, and I’ll be the first to admit I do get irritated by it. I think what makes me the most mad is not the spam so much (because that’s people just trying to earn a living, albeit not a very effective way), but the ones that are actually SCAMS really make me mad because they’re just trying to steal your money.
You know the kind, right? When they say that the “deposed King of Nigeria needs help from you and he will transfer $15.6 million into your bank account” – if you would just give him your personal information? Little “homage” there for Michael Scott from The Office.
So let’s get real now about spam, for just a minute, ok? Many people tend to use the accusation WAY too loosely, and call any and all ads they see on the Internet or in their email as spam.
Just because you’re annoyed, does not mean it constitutes spam, especially if you go by official legal definitions of spam pursuant to the “Can-Spam Act of 2003”. Always remember that. In fact, if you’re not careful, you can have lawsuits filed against you for false accusation and/or defamation of character. Google that. There have been lawsuits where the accusing party had to pay out millions of dollars for falsely accusing a company of spam.
But let’s be honest here. Very few of you will falsely accuse someone of spam AND get sued for it like those handful of cases. But is it worth the risk, to report someone for spam and hope that someday something will actually come of it?
Can you possibly stop spam from reaching your “cyber-doorstep“, with hundreds of millions of companies (and individuals, mind you) in the world all trying to promote their businesses?
Moreover, governments don’t care about you being annoyed by an ad in your Inbox when they’re dealing with wars, national debt, national revenue concerns, the list goes on and on! Not only do they not care…they really want business to advertise, spam, etc!
Because it means more tax revenue for them to run their government programs AND to line the politicians’ pockets!
Did you know that over 70% of the United States’ tax revenue is from SMALL BUSINESSES?
But here’s yet another reason to think twice the next time you try to report spam: it hurts all of us (that includes you). When you report spam, you put another mark against YOURSELF ALSO in Facebook’s (substitute ANY social media company here, or ANY email program/server, or even search engines) record-keeping of spam reports.
So what? You may ask.
The more spam they log, the more restrictive they get about your activity (and ALL of ours). Sure, they pinch out a few spam from reaching you, but they also pinch out, more and more, YOUR ability to brand yourself online. Even things that ARE NOT considered spam you are more and more restricted from doing.
But, by all means, go ahead report the spam. Tighten the belt on yourself!
I’m not condoning spam and people just blasting ads everywhere they’re not welcome. That doesn’t help your business grow, and really does nothing but annoy people. The key is to ADD VALUE, and share interesting, funny, generally entertaining, or informative things with people…and share your offer or link with them in a little signature line or when it’s appropriate to the conversation.In the spirit of sharing funny things…
Just throw your ad all over the place inappropriately, and you’ll make yourself look silly.
Enjoyed this, right? Did it make you mad, or provoke any thoughts in general? Please leave a comment with a small signature line with a link to your business (not kidding)…then, spam this article all over the Internet! jk 😉God bless you. ~ Adrian and JocelynFrank CEO/Owners of Adrian Frank Consulting www.BeEmpoweredHere.com CLICK the link below to learn about a brand new viral tool that uses the two hottest and most efficient and effective mediums on the planet: Video and Social Media. DISCOVER how this tool will take your business and/or website to the FAR REACHES of the Internet. WATCH this FREE Video.