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March 31: Term “Spam” is Coined

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Jeffrey Powers

Madison, WI

Description: Technology History in a Daily Podcast - 365 Days a Year!

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March 31: Term “Spam” is Coined

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1993 - There is a bug in the Automated Retroactive Minimal Moderation (ARMM) program on a Usenet. It ends out sending 200 copies of a message to news.admin.policy. Joel Furr, a user of the newsgroup, says this is “Spam”. Hence, the term “Spam” is coined.

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