You know I love my friends, dearly. I feel privileged to have them in my life. I hope I take as many opportunities as possible to let them know how much I love them, and how much I appreciate everything they do for me. Perhaps it’s never enough, but I would NEVER resort to a chain email as a means of expressing my affection, and the very idea of sending something around which threatens bad luck if you don’t send on to ten of your friends is downright insulting. Besides all that, the act itself is a form of social engineering and I would hope that human kind and certainly my friends would be smarter and stronger than to bend to the callous and stupid whims of a few small people who just want to see how far their email virus has spread. Because that’s what it is folks: a virus; a self-replicating worm (Write Once, Read Many) that spreads around the internet and takes over bandwidth and resources as easily as a program, especially designed to do the same job. It may not be a terribly damaging worm, but it’s a worm, nonetheless.
A long time ago I made it very clear on this blog and elsewhere that if anyone ever sends me such a chain email, not only will I insult you by letting you know what a drone you are, but I will insult everyone else on your email list to whom you have sent that initial chain email.
Be warned. Again.