They just keep coming in.

Subject: re: advertising proposal


I am a media buyer at Medios One LLC (  I am interested in buying inventory on your site.  MediosOne is a global online advertising network.  We have offices in 5 countries and many more support offices around the world.  Our publisher network model gives us access to large amounts of high  quality inventory from all types of sites, which are targeted to users in many geographic locations. Some of the advertisers we work with include ICICI, Make My Trip, Max New York Life,, Colgate, Hewlett Packard, Tata Sky, AOL, Citibank, and  India Times. We are  currently looking for publishers to add to our network. Currently, we are running a good  amount of campaigns targeted to the US, Asia, South America, UK as well as Western Europe.

Can you help me reach the appropriate person who handles advertising sales for your website?

If you are the correct person please let me know and we can move forward, if not would you please direct me to that person in your company.

I look forward to your response and the possibility of our companies doing business together.

Thank you,
Jobette Escobanas
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This e-mail was actually relatively well written, and polite. They get points for that, as well as for targeting the global market and not just being limited to English and the good ol’ U.S.A. To nitpick his e-mail, he states his company’s name different ways: is it MediosOne, or Medios One? Also, why would I want Colgate ads on my website?

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I think that details really do count on an e-mail like this. It’s obviously a copy-pasted e-mail with no mention of my name, my company’s name, my product’s name, the website address, or anything that tells me that the e-mail was targeted at me and not just blindly multicast to hundreds of other e-mails. To be honest, I’m at the point where any business deal I set up must be five figures per month and that’s not something I’m going to trust with just any drive-by e-mail with random spacing anomalies and other inconsitencies.

Also, Jobette has made an enormous faux paus in my book: He started the subject line with ‘re:’. Why did he do that? Does he think he has to trick me in to reading his e-mail by making me think this is part of an existing conversation thread? I don’t get it. Maybe it was a mistake, who knows. In any event, no thanks Jobette … but best of luck though I suppose.

Lastly, I apologize for not blogging much lately. I’ve been busy with work, social life, and of course Paint.NET work. And Rock Band. I’ve made enhancements to the PNG, BMP, and TGA codecs that have come with some refactoring work, as well as having extended IndirectUI to work with file type codecs/plugins. We were also tracking down a bizarre enumeration related bugs with the .NET runtime … I seriously thought my computer was failing and I”d have to buy new RAM, but then tracked it down to a smashed stack. Interesting stuff.