AOL?The New Spam/Scam Playpen
E-Postage and the Fleecing of 30 Million AOL Members
March 7, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 18
IN THE NEWS
AOL to pay e-mail tab for nonprofits
America Online intends to pick up the costs for nonprofit groups that wish to send e-mails to AOL members, a move that comes less than a week after a consortium spoke out against the company's plan to charge for a new bulk e-mail service.
Dulles, Va.-based AOL said Friday that it will offer nonprofit organizations two new free e-mail options that possess many of the features, including images and Web links, of the company's premium service designed for commercial mass e-mail. On Monday, a consortium of nonprofit and public interest groups, including MoveOn.org Civic Action, the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations, Gun Owners of America and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, lashed out at the plan by AOL and Yahoo to charge a fee for guaranteed delivery of bulk e-mails.
—Greg Sandoval, CNET News, March 3, 2006
I started amassing an archive of direct mail samples around 1980. In 1984, my wife, Peggy and I launched WHO'S MAILING WHAT!--a newsletter about direct mail for direct mailers based on the collection we were building. The mailings were sent to us from correspondents around the country. (I paid their mailing costs and gave them a free subscription to the newsletter as a thank-you.)
Over the years, Peggy and I have gone on three photographic safaris to Africa, where in the late 1980s, Somali poachers were crossing the border into Kenya and shooting elephants for their ivory tusks and leaving the bloody carcasses to litter the landscape.
Having taken many beautiful photographs of elephants, I was upset and sent $500 to Richard Leakey, head of Kenya Wildlife, along with a letter urging him to buy ammunition to shoot poachers. He sent me a nice thank-you note.