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Cash 4 Spam

Spam is completely useless, right? Wrong. Now, you can turn your junk emails into cash.

Last week, Chipotle launched its “No Junk” campaign where for every 100,000 spam emails forwarded to nojunk@chipotlejunk.com, the burrito giant would donate $10,000 to The Lunch Box, a non-profit dedicated to providing nutritious cafeteria food for kids.

This is a smart campaign for a few reasons:

1) Chipotle is adding value to a seemingly useless annoyance: spam emails. I know I reach for the delete button as soon as I see “Lower Your Interest Rate,” “Loose 50 Pounds in 10 Days,” or “Direct to Home Online Pharmacy.” Now I’ll consider hitting the forward button.

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No Longer Singing LaLa’s Praises

While I might stand outside the majority of online music listeners who love Pandora, I’ve preferred the site LaLa.com for the past year or so. While Pandora is a great service, I always found it off-putting that I couldn’t listen to exactly the song I was in the mood for. LaLa, allows you to build a playlist with any song of your choosing – and they have a great music library of even the most obscure bands. You can listen to any song once for free and you have the option of paying 10 cents to keep the song in your collection so you can listen to it as much as you want, or you can pay 89 cents to download the mp3 track to your iPod or other music player.

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What does your email address say about you?

After a healthy debate with a colleague over which email service provider was the dorkiest, I decided to take a deeper look into the psyche of email addresses and their owners. Please take a look, let me know what you think and share any additions.

What’s in a name?

SpiceGirl08 or YankeesRule86: If this is your email address, then you created it when you were in the sixth grade and are too lazy to upgrade.

SexyMama23 or LadiesMan45: If this is your email address, then clearly you are not.

FirstNameLastName: If this is your email address, then you are either a) a 40-something who just set up your first email account, or b) a 20-something making the first jump into a professional career and/or looking for a job.

The email cliques: High School all over again

Gmail (Google Mail): Class Superlative – Most likely to Gchat at work

Hotmail: Class Superlative – Most likely to wear a pocket protector

Ymail (Yahoo! Mail): Class Superlative – Most likely to become a Yuppie

AOL: Class Superlative – Most likely to have the same email address you created in the sixth grade

And last, but not least. . .

.com: I’m using a free email service provider.

.mac: I’m a hipster.

.org: I’m supporting public interest.

.net: I’m still using dial-up.

.edu: I’m hanging on to my college email so I can still get cheap flights on StudentUniverse.com

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