E-mail revolution Featured

9:55am EDT July 22, 2002

This month’s column is all about email. The revolution is not that everyone is receiving email, but more people are discovering the value in e-mail for marketing, informing colleagues, friends and family about the goings-on in your life. The following web sites will provide information about how to more effectively use e-mail, and at the same time, eliminate unwanted e-mail.

http://www.anonymizer.com: This web site will allow you to send anonymous e-mail and keep your information private. It could cost you as much as $50 to get the service, but if you don’t want your information out on the grid, check it out. The site also is a newspost for some pretty interesting articles.

http://reg.excite.com/mps: How about free e-mail for life? Go to this Excite site and sign up. You will have to create a new account, but make certain you look at the options at the end of the form. You have the option of de-selecting your personal information for release to others. Also you can have Harris Polls ask your opinion if you want, so take a look here.

http://spam.abuse.net/: Tired of spam? Want to know how to get rid of it? This site will enlist your aid to eliminate time consuming and unwanted e-mails. It will also link you to other sites that will help fight spam.

www.zdnet.com/products/internetuser/e-mail.html: Here is a site about setting up e-mail lists, cleaning up your e-mail and protecting your privacy. ZDNet offers some of the most useful information about the Internet and this certainly is one of the best sites. If you click through a few of the topics you will get tips on a variety of ideas on how to make effective use of the e-mail list.

http://www.celebritye-mail.com/: So you think Elvis is really dead? Or is he just not answering his e-mail? Want to find out how to get in touch with Jason Priestly or some other celeb? Here is one of several sites that will help you get there.

http://andrew2.andrew.cmu.edu/cyrus/e-mail/: Here is a good resource for e-mail questions. Put up by Carnegie Mellon University, this site lists nearly every known version of e-mail and products to support them. Want to know about BlitzMail or The Bat? This is the place to find the answers.

http://www.e-mailchange.com/e-mailchange: Want to find someone, but they have moved on and you don’t have their new e-mail address? This site is a registration and search engine that will help you find that old flame or the guy who skipped. This site was selected as one of the Top 100 by PC Magazine.

http://www.imc.org/: The Internet Mail Consortium is the only international organization focused on cooperatively managing and promoting the rapidly-expanding world of electronic mail on the Internet. The IMC is an industry organization, not an end-user group. Its members are primarily Internet mail software vendors in many parts of the market.

http://www.oac.uci.edu/indiv/ehood/MIME/MIME.html: Want to know what MIME e-mail is all about? Go to this web site and you will learn about how e-mail really operates in the background. Good information for those who will be using e-mail as part of their daily operations.

http://www.stolaf.edu/network/iecc/: IECC (Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections) is a free service to help teachers link with partners in other countries and cultures for e-mail classroom pen-pal and project exchanges. Since its creation in 1992, IECC has distributed over 28,000 requests for e-mail partnerships. At last count, more than 7200 teachers in 79 countries were participating in one or more of the IECC lists: how many are participating today?

This column is provided by the Internet Business Alliance (www.ibaonline.org or info@ibaonline.org). Tune-in to IBA’s talk-radio program, “Internet Business Perspective” on WWDB 96.5 FM, Sunday evenings, 8-9PM. Denise Zimmerman of the IBA can be reached at dz@netplusmarketing.com and Bill Haney can be reached at haney@ctc.com.