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I could be a top female executive

December 14, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER , Times-Republican

These junk emails are getting a little out of control.

In the media we get put on email lists all the time, and we have been bombarded with Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and other emails as the caucuses draw near.

A non-political email I received Friday morning took the cake as far as I'm concerned in the world of junk emails.

I learned in this email that I've been nominated as a potential candidate to be included in the 2011-12 National Organization of Successful Women.

The email goes on to say that this organization is made up of female executives, professionals and entrepreneurs and then in big type it says

"All Successful Women Deserve to be Recognized."

Well, I agree with that. But, I have a news flash for them, I happen to be male. Either that, or I have a lot of explaining to do to my family and friends.

Look, I know I'm not the first to receive a junk email that was obviously intended for someone else, but it just seems like they are bogging down my in box way too much lately.

Junk mail is getting craftier and craftier and as now those in charge of it are able to tailor emails to me dealing with subjects in the stories I've written. They take a key word from one of my stories out there in cyberspace and then think I could be a potential customer.

I just did a story on security cameras in Marshalltown schools and received a message saying a particular security camera website domain name was available to purchase.

I did a story on someone winning an award in Sweden and, lo and behold, I get emailed press releases about the upcoming Gteborg International Film Festival, which is the largest arena for Swedish short films, don't you know.

I guess they figure since I did one story that involved Sweden that I am now the Swedish reporter for the Times-Republican. I'll have to let them down easy and say we don't have a chunk of subscribers in Sweden, as much as I wanted to write about their event. Besides, the trip to the Gteborg International Film Festival might look a bit strange on my expense report.

There's also been an influx of emails in different languages lately. They are obviously missing their target audience big time with these.

Do you remember in the early days of email when you would see you have a new message and get excited? Those days are far from gone in my world.

It seems I can expect it to be junk mail roughly 95 percent of the time.

Oh well, maybe I can network about my junk email woes at the next convention of the National Organization of Successful Women.

I bet I would learn a lot there.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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