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November 24, 2009

My spam count is still falling…

Follow-up to The spam keeps falling from Steve's blog

I don’t empty my gmail spam box. I rely on Google to delete stuff older than 30 days. That means the message count in there is a good way of keeping an eye on how much spam I’m being sent. A little over 12 months ago there were 1400 messages in my spam box. That’s about 47 a day. Now there are just under 1000, or 33 a day. Compared to September 2007 when I had over 6000 messages (198 a day) that’s a huge drop.

Are spam volumes falling generally, is this just a blip, or is it just me?

July 01, 2008

The spam keeps falling

Follow-up to My spam count is drastically reduced from Steve's blog

After dropping from 6300 in September last year to 1700 in June this year, the size of my gmail spambox has now fallen further, to just 1450 messages in the last 30 days. I guess it won’t be long before the tide turns, but nevertheless that is a major drop in volume. Is it just me, or is everybody seeing less spam at the moment?

June 06, 2008

My spam count is drastically reduced

Follow-up to Another spam update from Steve's blog

I’m not sure what I’ve done, but I seem to be getting vastly less spam now than when I last blogged about it. Back in September last year I had 6354 messages in Gmail’s spam box. That worked out at 198 spam messages per day.

My total now is just 1717, or just over 57 per day. That’s an amazing reduction. I wish I knew why. I could make a lot of money selling my “spam solution” to the world! Sadly, I’ll have to stick to the day job…

September 05, 2007

Another spam update

Follow-up to Spam update from Steve's blog

It has been a while since I even noticed how many messages were in my gmail spambox. But just now the number sort of leaped out at me – 6354. Given that stuff disappears from there after a month, that’s a lot. In fact the oldest message in there is dated Aug 3rd, so there’s 32 days worth, which amounts to 198/day. Back in February when I last posted about this I was getting 157/day.

The good thing is that these are all in the spambox and I haven’t had to look at any of them. Gmail’s spam filtering seems to work really, really well…

March 06, 2007

Spam wars, continued…

Follow-up to Spam update from Steve's blog

I just found this interesting article on the O’Reilly Radar Blog.

My thoughts pretty much mirror Eric Allman’s, as quoted in the article. We need some reasonably universal technology that attempts to verify the sender in a way that allows us to filter in (i.e. only accept stuff we want) rather than the current filter out (i.e. accept everything and chuck away the junk afterwards) mechanisms. I don’t see this coming along any time soon, though.

As I said in a comment in my previous entry, I think the current spam filters are actually too successful, and stopping us from having to find a better solution. As a result, we’re shipping vast amounts of rubbish around the net and expending vast amounts of computing power just to chuck it away. O’Reilly claim that almost 95% of the email they receive is junk! Astonishing…

February 27, 2007

Spam update

Follow-up to Spam count from Steve's blog

I’m still leaving my gmail spambox to empty itself, which it does by deleting stuff more than 30 days old. At the moment messages in there go back to Jan 26th, 32 days ago, and there are 5036 of them in total, for an average of 157 per day. That’s 20/day more than a couple of months ago. Is this a general trend, or is it just me?

December 17, 2006

Spam count

I normally empty out my gmail spam box fairly regularly, just so that I’ve got half a chance of of finding non-spam in there and rescuing it. I almost never find non-spam in there, though, and I’ve neglected this process for a while now. For 10 days to be precise. And there are currently 1373 messages in my spam box. That’s 137 per day. There are about 550 genuine messages in the same time frame (55 per day). That’s 2.5 spam messages for each genuine message. I knew I got quite a lot of spam, but I would have guessed at 1 to 1, rather than 2.5 to 1.


Is anybody ever going to come up with a workable solution to this problem? Just think of the wasted bandwith, storage, recipient’s time, investment in anti-spam software, etc., not to mention the poor people taken in by some of this rubbish who then lose out in some way (usually financially).

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