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SCI/TECH: Bill Gates Is The Worlds Most Spammed Person

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posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 02:53 AM
Bill Gates has the dubious distinction of being the most emailed person on the planet. The Microsoft chairman received more than 4 million emails a day. An entire department at Microsoft is focused of making sure no spam gets thought to the chairman. Steve Ballmer, the second in command, is also high on the list.
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Forget trying to flood Bill Gates' e-mail inbox with junk.

The Microsoft Corp. chairman receives 4 million e-mails a day, but practically an entire department at the company he founded is dedicated to ensuring that nothing unwanted gets into his inbox, the company's chief executive said Thursday.

"There are two people who probably are the number one spam recipients in the world," Steve Ballmer said.

"Bill Gates (is first) because he is Bill Gates. Bill literally receives four million pieces of e-mail per day, most of it spam."

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Man 4 million a day, Do people actually think he reads all that stuff and just keep sending them to him? No doubt he has an internal email account that is closely held, but to require a whole department to filter it out is a bit much, no wonder he is leading the charge to tame the spam issue.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 03:14 AM
You reap what you sow...

Bill's stated intention is for every computer on earth etc. Well, he gave everyone the means to contact him.

Soichiro Honda had a much better idea. Two Honda's in every garage, we can't all drive to Japan!

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 03:17 AM
The big differnce is that he has a whole department devoted to filtering out all the SPAM. The rest of us cannot afford that

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 03:28 AM
I have seven email addresses and one is really nothing but a spam trap. I'm sure Gate's "official" email address is, as Balmer stated, one he gives out to everyone for whatever reasons and Microsoft uses it to monitor spam in an attempt to improve spam filtering technology and whatnot. I wouldn't want my only email address being monitored by my employees.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 03:35 AM
No doubt. It simply would not due to have say a Justice Department email get missed because it was between two emails that state "Bill want discount Viagra?"

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 04:05 AM
GradyP' has a good point regarding multiple email addresses. I have four, one is just a spam trap
and that's the addy i use when registering is required. The other three are only known to family
and friends and remain spam free. It works for me.


posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 04:24 AM
But is'nt it useless to have more than one email address as you only in the end have to clean your spam email address anyway. And if you have more than one email address you have to remember all the log in details required. So in my point of view having more than one email address just creates more hassle. Best thing is have one and get good spam software, i get around 200 emails a day and 180 of them are spam all do is press delete, job done!

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 05:27 AM

Originally posted by mfourl
But is'nt it useless to have more than one email address as you only in the end have to clean your spam email address anyway.

I don't want all that spam on my computer. Currently, I get about 2-3 a week and they seem to come from the same place since they advertise the same kinds of junk and they are all formatted the same. I must have opted in accidentally at some point.

I have a WebTV (MSNTV) unit, which is on the MSN One Plan, and one of those addresses is basically for spam, in other words, when some site demands a valid email address. I have one for newsgroup participation and and one for admin purposes. The rest are dormant, in case I decide to give the spam one a rest.

It works for me and I only have to deal with the spam when I'm in the mood.

MSN has an excellent spam filter, but I'd rather not have to bother with it.

[edit on 04/11/19 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 04:01 PM
I've got three emails, and like others have said, one is dedicated to nothing but online reg and places that I know will spam me. The others are the home address which I use for family and friends, and the third is my work address.

Another thing you can do to help avoid spam is to not have any actual words or names in your email addy, Don't use something like Use something more nonsensical. I use the first inital of everyone in my family. It doesn't spell anything, and it's not one of those common things that spammers can guess.

Gee, I hope Bill got my response to his forwarded email.
I'm looking forward to a free weekend at Disney World.

posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 09:36 PM
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[edit on 04/11/19 by GradyPhilpott]

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