Instant Messenging: April 2006 Archives

Skype, recently acquired by eBay, is becoming a very popular Instant Messenging client. You can text chat, hold conferences, send files and most importantly talk in real time with wonderful clarity. Not only can you talk to just those on your Skype list, but you can also by credits to dial out to real world lines. Skype is a proprietary peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) network, founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the creators of KaZaA.

I have been using Skype for sometime but never before had I received an unsolicited commercial message in my months of usage. In terms of e-mail this is commonly called spam but on instant messenging networks this is called SPIM. In short someone contacts you hawking goods and wares, or anything that you don't want. You don't know them, you did not contact them, did not opt-in to be contacted by them, in short they simply hammer out commercial messages in hopes someone will buy.

I found this case particularly interesting because, as I said before, I had never received SPIM through Skype (and fortunately it is easy to block a user.) In this case I decided to "play" with the spammer to gauge their response and have some fun and games.

Would they ignore me? Hit me with more unwanted spam? Or are they truly ignorant? Find below the full transcript of our "conversation". Obviously near the end I was pretending to execute various "commands" on her machines when in reality I was doing nothing but typing in all caps simulating a "look up" of who they were.

This spammer was not harmed in the incident, but let's hope they don't do it again. Read on...

The first part of the transcript is the list of brand new units of phones they sell, below it you will find our "dialogue" and my simulated commands of geolocation as I tried to steer this spammer into the path of not doing it again. I doubt that will work, but it is amusing nonetheless. More below...

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