08 December 2006

AOL Mail prejudiced against Gays?

I received the following email from a friend, who asked that I email her whenever I post something to my blog (Blogger has a feature where you can set this up automatically, so if any of you out there want to be notified by email when I post to my blog, just send me your email address and I'll add you to the list):
I will have you know that all your e-mails come through to me except this one that has the word "Gay" in the subject and ended up in my Spam folder. I guess AOL thinks anything with the word "Gay" in it is Spam!
I've sent an email regarding this to a friend I have who just happens to work for AOL, in order to find out if he can figure out what's going on. Obviously, the friend who sent me this email has an AOL email address.

The troubling aspect about this occurrence, at least to me, is that I'm whitelisted on my friend's account, so nothing that I send to her should be ending up in her SPAM folder. Why is is that she's received all of my prior email notifications about posts to my blogs (and all other emails as well) but when the word "Gay" is in the subject line, it goes into her spam box?

Hopefully, since I put the word "Gay" into the title of this post, she'll let me know if she gets an email notification about this post or if it ends up in her SPAM folder again.

1 comment :

  1. Dude what's up?

    Not that I'm defending aol, because they certainly don't deserve it. But sometimes when email messages are sent automatically from websites and not directly from a user's account a lot of spam filters, block them because the software thinks there's some spoofing going on. Happens to us at work and our web-based tools all the time not just with aol.

    AOL still sucks tho.