We are all annoyed when we receive those multiple unsolicited and unwanted commercial messages sent to large numbers of recipients.
The very first unwelcome bulk commercial email was sent on 3rd May 1978 by a man named Gary Thuerk , a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative, to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States
ARPANET was the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network that had been developed by the US Department of Defense long before the Internet became part of our lives.
The message promoted the availability of a new model of computer and was sent to 393 recipients in the form of a single, mass email.
The reaction to the message was negative, many people who received this email got highly irritated and complained to US Defence Department. One even claimed that the message had shut down his system.
However it was only in 1993 that the term “spam” was used.
This term comes from a Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch set in a small café where two customers are trying to order breakfast from a menu that includes Spam in almost every dish.
While the waitress is declaiming the Spam-filled menu, a crowd of Vikings start chanting in chorus “Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam… Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!”.
Spam – a contraction of “SPiced hAM” – was a brand of canned cooked pork which became popular worldwide after its use during World War II, when the difficulty of delivering fresh meat to the front made Spam always present in the U.S. soldier’s diet.