YAHOO -- Back from my weekly Googling exercise, I've found only eight pages that offer "good uses for spam." Top honours goes to Robert Scoble who writes about a friend who "keeps a folder with gigs of Spam. When he goes on vacation he drags that folder over to his main server. His company only gives him a few hundred megabytes of space on their email server. So, then anyone who sends him email gets a bounce back saying 'sorry, the server can't accept any more email.' Then, when he gets back he doesn't have any email waiting for him."
I have seven more "good uses of spam."
- Spam Radio -- serves up audio bites from spam headers.
- Steganography -- make your email messages look like spam because snooping programs do not harvest them.
- Make a spammer eat spam by flooding a spammer with unwanted messages by auto-subscribing bogus addresses. It's easier than it sounds. Just leave the spam target as a highly visible e-mail address on a prominent website. (via Mick Cummingham).
You can also eat your own spam sandwich (compliments of Jim Bodle):
- Use 1 slice of Bread, 2 slices of Spam, 2 slices of Onion, 2 slices of Tomatom, 1 slice Provolone cheese and a dash of horseradish to taste.
- Place Spam on bread, top with onion, tomato and provolone cheese. Add horseradish to taste. Microwave on high until cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes. Serves 1.
- Helps IT managers discriminate between good spam and bad spam.
- Once you collect known addresses and craft a bleeding heart message, you too can save lives by encouraging blood donations.
- Save spam to educate your spam filters.
- Send your spam messages back to your Gmail account and read the Google ads that spawn beside them.
Robert Scoble -- "A good use for spam"
Doc Searls -- "Spamming is like public urination. Only, on pedestrians"
John Dowdell -- "Spam ends soon" must be right because Google just dropped two results from the "good uses for spam" query.