[thechat] About.com decides to spam too

Madhu Menon webguru at vsnl.net
Wed May 29 10:25:00 CDT 2002

Hey all.

Some of you may have received this from About.com
They've gone the "Yahoo! way" and decided to spam their newsletter
subscribers. The email quoted below essentially says that they'll send ads
out "periodically" that "feature highly relevant offers and services from
partners that we think will interest you." In other words, they'll send you
ads without your permission.

Times are tough, I guess...



>Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 08:18:23 -0500
>From: "About.com Newslettersnewsletters at about.com
>Subject: Important Message about Your Newsletter Subscriptions
>Dear About User,
>You are receiving this email because you are currently subscribed to an
>About.com newsletter. The relationship we've developed with you is important
>to us and that's why we want to let you know about some changes we have
>Beginning next week, you will be receiving a redesigned newsletter. Some of
>you will notice another change. Your newsletter will still include articles,
>links to online discussion topics and the great information you've come to
>expect from your Guide, but will now also highlight material from other
>related GuideSites. These redesigned newsletters will be easier to read and
>allow us to share more of the About Network with you.
>You will also notice that we will be sending a periodic "advertising-only"
>newsletter that features highly relevant offers and services from partners
>that we think will interest you. We will be selective when choosing the
>information we include in these newsletters. About is committed to
>protecting your privacy and we will never share your personal information at
>any time without your permission. You can read our privacy policy here:
>As always, you can unsubscribe to these newsletters at any time by clicking
>on the link at the bottom of each newsletter. Please expect this transition
>process to be completed within the next few weeks.
>To share your feedback with us, visit: http://clk.about.com/?zi=4/R4
>We hope you enjoy these new newsletters and we remain committed to providing
>you "What You Need to Know About."
>Thank you for your continued support,
>Mark Josephson
>General Manager, About.com

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