You fell for it!

I’ve recently received an email from a couple people regarding the closure of MSN. This email is being circulated by gullible internet users because they believe its content without actually doing research to see if it’s true or not. The email claims to be from two MSN Directors. It states that they are going to close down the MSN server due to over population.

Hey it is Andy and John the directors of MSN, sorry for the interruption but MSN is closing down. This is because too many inconsiderate people are taking up all the name (e.g. making up lots of different accounts for just one person.) We only have 578 names left. If you would like to close your account, do not send this message on. If you would like to keep your account, then send this message to everyone on your contact list. This is no joke, we will be shutting down the servers. Send it on, thanks. Whoever does not send this message, your account will be closed and you will cost $10.00 a month to use. Send this to everyone on your contact list. Now you know what to do. Please do no forward this or replay. Copy the whole email. go back into your inbox and click on new and then paste thank you for your attention.

If you take a quick look over the email, you can probably see some minor mistakes. First of all, for a couple of directors, their writting skills aren’t really up to par. Secondly, if you read the email carefully, it doesn’t matter if you send it or not, they are shutting down the server, not the accounts. You can send that email to everyone on your list, if the server goes down, sending those email wouldn’t have made any difference.

Data storage is probably not a major concern for a big company like Microsoft. Bill Gates makes enough money to add on more storage if he wanted. Storage space is nothing these days compared to the days of the floppy diskettes. Google is giving out email accounts with at least two gigabytes of sotrage space. MSN is offering two hundred fifty megabytes of space for their free account. If Google can afford to give out two gigabytes worth of storage space then I’m pretty sure Microsoft can afford to give ten times less space for free.

Shutting down a server because there’s too many people on there is like saying “No” to playing the lead role in a new action packed movie. It’s exposure and the more of it you have, the better. Microsoft can rest assure that all those email accounts that people have, means that they are using their service and not the competitor’s. If sign into your email account, you will see that there are adverisements. Microsoft is being paid to display those. Every penny they make from those advertisement is probaby profit.

Microsoft already has some counter measures in place for inactive email account. If you don’t sign into your email account for ninety days, it’s flagged as inactive and eventually deleted. We are in the information age where things are automated. Shutting down a server is a big thing. If it’s Microsoft that’s ending its service to the public, I’m sure you’d hear about it on the news. Chances are, this email was started by someone who was bored and the people who replied were probably bored as well.