December 19th, 2011
|04:49 pm - 'Tis the Season for e-cards|
This morning, I got my first e-card of the season. For those wondering, I dropped her a note first, and then realized that with the secular Christmas holiday coming up, it might be wise to make a note of this for general consumption:
Please, do not send me an e-card.
I mean it. For anything, ever, really. Under any circumstance. I don't care how cool/funny/awesome it is.
Because they take you to a site on the web (typically), they are also hard to differentiate between phishing schemes and malicious websites, and they undermine the best advice of security professionals everywhere: if you weren't expecting it, don't click on it! This particular issue makes it hard for me to understand why any corporation uses third-party sites: once you tell someone it's okay to click on a link from one third-party vendor, how do you tell them not to click on someone else's link, especially if it looks sort of similar?
No one, however, ever sends an e-card to be a jerk. Everyone does it because they are thoughtful. To which I say, "Dude, that's awesome." But I'd rather be a lonely e-mail address on a big BCC: list than a person whose e-mail got shared.
I really do appreciate the sentiment. But generally, I'd rather not know about the sentiment in this case. It's not about "bah, humbug" on the holiday spirit: it's really just about what an e-card site truly is. Spam.
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You made some excellent points I'd never even thought of! thank you! :-)
Np. It's easy to do things like this without really thinking too deeply, because of two key things: 1) it's a nice thing to do, and 2) they make it so easy. And when it's easy to be nice, it's hard to fault someone for it :)
So, like I said: awesome sentiment, but e-cards sort of creep me out. . . :)
Honestly, I can't tell the difference between e-cards and phishing scams. I delete them all. *shrug*
Yep, that's a central issue with them. They are virtually indistinguishable. They go straight to my trash folder. Because many of them include direct links that are clearly unique, I won't even click on them to see if they might be legit: clicking on a link like that just confirms that they sent to a live e-mail address.
Which is a shame, really.
yep ecards bad, email holiday wishes not so bad. You want to email me as a person some nice thoughts then it doesn't bother me it's no different than any other email. With facebook, livejournal, twitter and other ways we communicate it is getting harder to make sure we send something of value and doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
|Date:||December 20th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)|| |
I tend to send anything that I might want to send in e-card format as a wall posting on facebook. then you control how much information is free to the public yourself. I just post my funny thing without much baggage.
Well, that explains the somewhat ironic (or snarky?) card the MG chose: "have a peaceful and green holiday," written on a paper card. I saw the humor you guys brought to the holidays!
It's a shame, though, that it's become so cost prohibitive that we have to end one of the most popular things the MG does.
I admit, I worry that the more virtual we become, the less real Our Druidry will be.
|Date:||December 27th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)|| |
Just a thought on this: Are postcards a viable option, rather than folding cards? They use less paper and require less postage.
You know, I'd never thought about it like that.
I don't send e-cards anyway (nor paper cards, for that matter) but hey, more reasons not to!
Happy holidays, btw :)!
Happy holidays to you as well! I hope the sun caught your eye this morning!