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Do you remember in the early days of internet Email chain mails?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by oatmeal, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. oatmeal

    oatmeal Regular Member

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    I'm just wondering and it got me thinking about something. In the early days of the internet before there was ever such a thing as social media networks and youtube, we primarily used email. I remember getting chain mail now and then. It would have a long but well-written or drawn out story or something cool written and you'd have to pass it on to all your friends or something would happen to you (ie a curse).

    It seemed to be really effective because of how many times my friends would forward it everyone on their email list and you could see how many people were on the previous email lists and it would be hundreds to thousands! Was this the first signs of online network marketing, only these weren't making anyone money as it had no link or offer to buy something. They were just fun chain mail to send around the globe to millions. But imagine if you had used that to advertise something you were offering.
    Was this the first signs of how internet online marketing came about? Is there something to learn from these early day email chain mails?

    Of course, it still exists today, but it's more in the form now of viral videos, channels, tweets, etc.
    Email lists of course are still powerful today, but getting all those emails is a lot harder now, and I don't think people follow their emails as much as they used to?

    In principle, would that "send $1 to these six people" scheme work if you did that say for youtube subscribers or likes, or clicks?
     
  2. DesignCamp

    DesignCamp Junior Member

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    Now that's funny, I was thinking about this yesterday haha. It was fun those chainmails, I remember getting the same one a lot.
     
  3. justaskjeff

    justaskjeff Newbie

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    Cool idea, what if a subject: type your name and check who you are in Game of Throne, with some call to action words, people would love send or share it to their friends. Pls keep me updated, love to see how your idea goes.
     
  4. blogzandstuff

    blogzandstuff Elite Member

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    i used to get a lot of these, i read them but binned straight away. Very well written some, wish i'd kept the emails now for nostalgia.
    My favourite offline chain mail letter was you'd buy a mailing list for £1, put your name at number one and send £1 to the name you replaced then move everyone down, photocopy and send out a thousand letters.
    Oh those were the days, before the internet, search engines, ranking, backlinks etc.
     
  5. SeveredHead

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    I've been trying to do something like this for a few years now. The market is just so over-saturated now. Everything is viral all of the time. 30+ stories drop everyday. Years ago 1 single image would go viral, now you have twitter/facebook/reddit/etc feeds just populating every hour with brand new content.

    If you want that same effect you would need to create a campaign similar to Kony2012.

    Edit: Also if you don't like this a girl with no eyeballs is going to wake you up tonight and eat your soul (mods don't ban me this is obviously a joke lol).
     
  6. Noah Hawryshko

    Noah Hawryshko Senior Member

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    Like and share, where is your virality coming from if they merely like?

    :p :p :p
     
  7. SeveredHead

    SeveredHead Junior Member

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    Right! Like, share and subscribe.