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July 31, 2003 5:04 PM   Subscribe

Spam.la is a great tool for those of you who hate the hassel of regestering with an email to views websites (newspapers, etc). [More Inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood (11 comments total)
When you go to a site that requires you to register via email, simple give them put ANYTHING@spam.la (where ANYTHING is really anything). Then head over to http://www.spam.la when view it. All emails sent to *@spam.la show up and are viewable to the public. (So don't send anything you don't want other people seeing)

So no more bitching about having to register to view a site! No need to get spam or even go through the hassel of having a throw-away email from Yahoo or Hotmail.

posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 5:04 PM on July 31, 2003

posted by Wingy at 5:09 PM on July 31, 2003

Wow, it's like MetaBaby with an email interface. Pretty useful and cool, but I bet it turns into artistic chaos and then eventually gets overloaded with spam.
posted by mathowie at 5:13 PM on July 31, 2003

Mailinator is better - you type 'anything@mailinator.com' then use password 'anything' to access it. A bit more private.
posted by jamespake at 5:13 PM on July 31, 2003

Oh, and mailinator was featured here.
posted by jamespake at 5:16 PM on July 31, 2003

Spamgourmet is the best solution that I've found... make up disposable email addresses on the fly!
posted by Hammerikaner at 6:01 PM on July 31, 2003

Personally, I like how it shows all the times "individuals" were registered for online petitions and CNN polls.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:20 PM on July 31, 2003

Poor, poor metababy.
posted by eatitlive at 6:33 PM on July 31, 2003

mailinator is the same function but better because it's private and easier. Spamgourmet is also good but for different purposes, like if you know you'll get real responses from real people over a period of time but want to remain anonymous. Overall these are great ideas and one of the best new internet applications I've seen in a while.

Success will be their downfall. The domains will be blacklisted as invalid emails when registering on forms (just as some black list Yahoo and Hotmail allready) then the next step will be to use customized domains for mailinator purposes.

BTW do these types of 1-off email services have a catchy buzzword name yet?
posted by stbalbach at 6:54 PM on July 31, 2003

If you want to be a little mean, have a little spare time on your system, and don't get unnerved too much with lots of pop-up windows (working for you, actually), you might want to try FriedSPAM

As they put it, "Giving Spammers Exactly What They Ask For"

But not exactly. The site will Ping their webpage hundreds or thousands of times, in a kind of mini-DOS attack.
posted by kablam at 7:34 PM on July 31, 2003

jamespake: Mailinator doesn't require (or even support) a password, so it's not really any more private than Spam.la. Although, you do have to actually guess the userid to read other people's mail, so there's security through obscurity.

stbalbach: If Mailinator & Spam.la both get blacklisted, it would be somewhat simple for someone with sendmail/postfix/etc config skills and a little web scripting knowhow to whip up a clone version. The only real hurdle would be the money necessary for a server and a domain...
posted by arto at 12:30 AM on August 1, 2003

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