#spam

michaelbartholomew asked:

Hi MG, after reading "Twitter's Small Chance To Maim Email" I just wanted to offer a thought for an alternative method of maiming email: paid emails for all non opt-in emails. All opt-in email contacts could email each other for free while everyone else would pay say $0.99 per email. This could help eliminate spam while generating revenue for the email provider. What do you think?

Bill Gates once had a similar notion (though based mostly around the massive spam problem in the early 2000s). Sadly, it didn’t end up going anywhere.