Saturday, August 10, 2002

broken hearts and crushes

Ever receive an email telling you that someone has a crush on you? Was the message from a web site that allows people to share that type of information, and acts as an intermediary like you might remember from your days in middle school? Did the note remind you of spam? The Alternet article The Bot Who Loved Me looks into a couple of services that provide that type of notice, a potential lawsuit against such services, and the identity of people behind a couple of "crush" sharing sites. Spam-generators or matchmakers -- the jury is out. I usually trash these when I see them in my inbox. I guess I've seen too much spam to believe that these messages are anything else.