My friend Mickey Chandler mentioned to me that TAG44 emailed him yet again.

They're apparently still putting a stupid "this is not spam" disclaimer in their email. As with last time, they reference a law that doesn't exist.

"Note: We respect your Online Privacy. This is not an unsolicited mail. Under Bills 1618 Title III passed by the 105th U. S. Congress this mail cannot be considered Spam as long as we include Contact information and a method to be removed from our mailing list. If you are not interested in receiving our E-mails then please reply with a “remove” in the subject line and mention all the E-mail addresses to be removed with any E-mail addresses which might be diverting the E-mails to you. I am sorry for the inconvenience" -- the dumb, factually inaccurate footer from TAG44's email messages.

Free clues for TAG44:
  • A bill is not a law. Did you catch that? That was a bill from years ago. A proposed law. It never became law, because it never passed the House of Representatives. It has no legal standing. You might as well replace it with This email is not spam because my grandmother wears a fancy hat for all the legal standing it carries.
  • You're "murking" your own emails? On purpose? That is, uh, how do I put this? That is not a sign of intelligence. Don't take my word for it -- ask anybody who has ever written about the Murkowski disclaimer. What you're actually doing is making your email look like spam, and you're acting like a spammer.
  • That bill (the one that never became law) is from 1998. That's eleven years ago, friends. Your email marketing expertise is just a tiny bit out of date. Maybe you should hire Mickey, instead of spamming him.
I'm guessing that TAG44 never searches for their company name on Google, or else they would have run across Mickey's post about them, since it's the first hit you find after their own website. Let's see if this one ends up right behind Mickey's post in Google's search results.


  1. Well, you're on the first page now.

    And they do actually check Google. Remind me to tell you sometime about their antics.


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