Got two emails tonight, one from Brian Cowen:
Dearest Gracious Friend,
I am Brian Cowenagai, son of proud King Bertierobber, do not be surprised I am writing to you. I am the holder of greatest wealth from my proud King which he minded for friend builders of giant palaces. My proud King was removed by rebel forces and now I hold money but the rebel forces know me and my 34 proud chins so I will need your helping. In return for a banker bonus of 200Million euroses, you will mind 7Billions of money that is currently in a giant trunk of friend minding it….
Image stolen from the FF website. Where the name of the image was: brian_cowen_ard_fheis_hero.jpg
And then I got this 419 scam email:
I’ve just come off stage at Fianna Fáil’s Ard Fheis, where I’ve outlined the difficult measures we’re having to take to help return the country to growth. I was frank about the scale of the problems we face, but I’m optimistic about the ability of the Irish people to meet these challenges through the hard work and ingenuity we’ve always shown. We’re a resilient and creative nation and we’ll meet our challenges together.
You’ve heard from me, now I want to hear from you.
I’m asking each of you to submit a question for me, which I’ll answer as many as I can via video right here on the new Fianna Fáil website. Submit your questions at:
To better serve you, and to help lead us out of this recession, I want to hear what you thought of my speech, the questions you might have about some of the important measures I’ve announced and your ideas about how Fianna FÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡il can set Ireland back on the road to growth and renewed prosperity…
Seriously? Dear Friend? What an asinine email. How about including the “important measures I’ve announced” in the damned email besides telling people to go to the website? Of the 1000s of emails sent, the dropoff rate is going to be savage. Email marketing 101.
Vote Homer Simpson for Toaisuch / teeshuck / Teachook …. Doh !
I’ve a sneaking suspicion they’ve got their own URL wrong in that email. Shouldn’t that be a .ie rather than a .com? More Fianna tech Fail. Also your spot of the file name was inspirational.
Here is a good question, what happened to the Billion Euro surplus in the budget from the last year he was finance minister?
If he can’t balance the books as finance minster, what makes you thing we believe he can balance them now?
And just as i read this post i came across the top 50 signs you are a spammer. And what is number one… http://www.b2bemailmarketing.com/2009/02/50-signs-youre-a-spammer.html
Brian, Barack you are not!
ask cowen a question, then it will go to page where you can write in ten email address or add them from your contact list to forward the invite
then check out this guardian story about their work in the uk
“has sent thousands of emails asking each recipients to forward it to five friends and make a small donation. The software means campaigners can then track who opens the emails, where they are sent and what happens when they arrive at the other end – tailoring future emails to groups and individuals”
is that a bit weird?
i thought those ’email this’ options just opened your email program,
rather then opening within the browser or is this just a new use of something that many webpages have had for ages.
do they keep that info?
it seems they are trying to track the emails of the people you send the invite too…
It’s not that difficult to personalise emails – e.g. Dear Damien – I’m a member of the labour party and when Labour head office send out emails to every member they personalise them –
or its simpler to go to this page, http://www.fiannafail.ie/page/invite
eager to see what people think of this
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