Thursday, March 27, 2003
Via Bargarz: Micro$oft makes another token gesture towards stopping spam.
As of Friday Microsoft has imposed a limit of 100 e-mails per day for all Hotmail accounts. The introduction of a limit is the latest in a number of actions taken by MSN in a bid to combat the amount of spam going through its system. According to MSN lead product manager Lisa Gurry the limit will only affect 1% of the current 110 million subscribers, making it acceptable for just about everyone. This does, however, make it a frustration for people who legitimately need to send out a lot of mail.
Bully for them. Shame they wouldn't do anything actually useful to stop the flow of spam, though. A commentator adds at the end:
When I first read this I wondered if Hotmail meant 100 messages in the form of clicking the Send button, but I was glad to find out it was on a per recipient basis, otherwise this would be a pretty pointless initiative. Hotmail is one of the biggest spam collectors and issuers there is, and it's not helped by people allowing their e-mail address to be listed on the Hotmail directory. The next step MSN should take is to make that little tick box when you sign up unticked to begin with.