Would you pay a penny an email to fight spam? What if the penny went to the charity of your choice? Well, CentMail is Yahoo’s new spam fighting idea. Yahoo researchers believe that if people voluntarily slapped a “one-cent stamp” on outgoing emails to differentiate the real email from spam, it would considerably cut down on the amount of spam we receive in our inboxes on a daily basis, plus it would allow people to donate money to the charity of their choice.
With spam comprising over 90 percent of email, spam filters would be adjusted to let CentMail pass right through. This “certified mail” system would allow spam filters to concentrate on the emails hawking the drugs, fake rolexes and other inappropriate material.
CentMail would be pre-paid and then a stamp would be automatically added to each outgoing email, with the proceeds going to the charity of your choice. CentMail is currently still in the private beta process, but you can add your email to a list that is notified when it launches.
Of course, there is no way to guarantee that spammers wouldn’t be able to post their own CentMail, but researchers are aware of that obstacle and are trying to figure it out before CentMail’s launch.
For more about Yahoo’s newest idea, go to: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/yahoo_penny_email/