Monday, February 06, 2006

Yahoo and AOL wants you to pay to send email

This is probably the most ridiculous idea ever thought up by Yahoo and AOL. Both companies want to charge email senders a small fee to guarantee that their emails reach the recipient's inbox and not the spam folder. From Business Week:
The plan, while it's optional and would apply to only a fraction of people sending e-mail, amounts to a reversal in the economics of the Internet because it would charge message senders rather than those receiving them. The current model has led to the proliferation of spam and so-called phishing scams because the people perpetuating them can turn a profit even when only a minority of recipients respond, analysts have said.

AOL and Yahoo said the program, which is being offered through a company called Goodmail Systems, will target banks, online retailers and other groups that send large amounts of e-mail. In exchange for a payment and a pledge to contact only people who have agreed to receive their messages, the companies would be ensured their e-mails aren't diverted to spam folders or have images or Web addresses filtered out.

9 comments:

Mr Big said...

They can kiss my ass!

Shy said...

If I'm a spammer I can pay Yahoo so that my junk mail reaches my target.

dann said...

They are just looking at how to make money from the spammers.

Boywonder said...

yahoo n the likes shld make spam prevention technology better, not finding ways to charge people to send their email!

Myra Leong said...

Google please don't follow these two!

Rickie said...

I do not understand this new service. Is it only for recipents with Yahoo or AOL email addresses?

Gaylord said...

Google doesn't need to do what Yahoo and AOL is doing. They are already making money by putting their ads into GMail.

Candyfeehily said...

maybe only for those who send more than 1000 mails per day.

U2 said...

i'll starting a service to charge spammers in which i will guarantee them that i will receive their all their junk mails. :oP

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