I have so many people interested in talking with me via email. You, too?
Not sure which is most annoying. Is it the news that I've got a Southwest Airlines ticket waiting for me, even though I've made no reservation on Southwest? Or is it news that someone somewhere is searching (apparently frantically since I get the note just about hourly) on Facebook?
What about the news that a thousand dollar coupon for Wal-Mart bargains is waiting for me to download? (A bit tough for me to use it since I live in Manhattan and we don't have a Wal-Mart.) Or that I could improve my career hopes by being a photographer (not to mention all the other opportunities that would be mind if I would just sign up for a course to become a medical billing coder or a forensics specialist or a nurse assistant).
I get frustrated, I'll admit it, to learn that apparently lots of folks think I am a prime target for a walk-in tub. And as for the news that my credit rating has changed and I should check it out, I'm not interested in learning more about that. Not when my new fortune is just around the corner, thanks to opportunities to get rich by day trading, if I sign up for a course to learn to do that.
Do I look like a candidate for drug rehab? Medicine for acne? A vacation in Aruba (well, that one, probably, yes!)?
Yes, yes, I know I get these messages because an algorithmic formula points out a connection between my online activities and these myriad opportunities.
I'd say the algorithm needs a little refining.
Better yet, pass the legislation that will make this kind of tracking tougher. I just don't have time for these unwanted solicitations.
I love conversation, even online conversation. But these notes express no interest in me, only in what someone decided may entice me to spend money. I don't know...feels like panhandling. And I can't even see the person asking for the handout.