You, Dim, Spammy Crap Peddler, Are Dumb And Should Be Fired

One of the many downsides of being an internet "editor" is the heaping pile of sales pitches you receive from various fly-by-night tech companies trying to "partner-up" with you on some useless mobile device or traffic-booster. Here is one of these people.

His name is Miguel and he's doing something with this company called 4Info Mobile Media, which offers mobile advertising and marketing solutions. In the past two months, Miguel has emailed me five times. Although his tenacity is admirable, the only thing it has resulted in is a minor plug for his company on this site. Let's recap his technique:

From: Miguel
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2010 5:17 PM
To: 'ajd@deadspin.com'
Subject: Explore Deadspin and 4INFO partnership

Hi AJ,

Thought to reach out and see how/what 4INFO's mobile solutions and platform can help Deadspin with reader retention, acquisition, monetization and extending Deadspin's brand to the mobile space.

Will you be available this week to explore? Was thinking either 6/16 3pm PT or 6/18 11am PT.

Best,

Miguel

Basics on 4INFO, the leading text message publishing and advertising platform in the US: we deliver over 25% of all B2C text traffic in the US and 250+ premier companies like Best Buy, Radio Shack, USA Today, Gannett, Amazon.com, The Weather Channel, etc. have chosen us as their enterprise mobile solution partner. Companies choose 4INFO to:

- Easily create and manage mobile campaigns (for acquisition),

- Engage users with interactive messaging and compelling promotions,

- Enhance overall user experience to increase retention, and

- Monetize their SMS traffic through 4INFO's robust ad serving platform.

From: Miguel
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:48 AM
To: 'ajd@deadspin.com'
Subject: RE: Explore Deadspin and 4INFO partnership

Hi AJ,

Hope all is well and very much like to connect to explore what/how 4INFO's platform and solution can help you sell more content to media buyers/agencies, increase reader retention and offer a more holistic advertising network to your customers.

Will you have 20 minutes for a call next week to explore? Was thinking either Monday 6/28 10am PT or Tuesday 6/29 1pm PT.

What date/time works best for you?

Best, Miguel

From: Miguel
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:11 PM
To: 'ajd@deadspin.com'
Subject: RE: Explore Deadspin and 4INFO partnership

AJ, will you be available next week to discuss this with me? Was thinking either Monday 7/19 10am or Tuesday 7/20 3pm PT.

What date/time works best for you?

Best,

Miguel

From: Miguel Palma
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 3:52 PM
To: 'ajd@deadspin.com'
Subject: RE: Explore Deadspin and 4INFO partnership

Hi AJ,

Wondering if you're available next week to explore how/what 4INFO's solutions can help Deadspin's efforts. Would either Monday 8/2 10am or Tuesday 8/3 12pm PT work with you?

Best,

Miguel

From: Miguel
to "ajd@deadspin.com"
date Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM
subject RE: Explore Deadspin and 4INFO partnership
mailed-by deadspin.com

Hi AJ,

Not sure what's going on, but hope you're doing OK. Just wanted to learn more about Deadspin and explore how 4INFO's solution can help with your efforts.

If you want to explore your options around mobile, feel free to reach out anytime. 4INFO would be happy to win your business and partner with you to achieve your goals and initiatives.

Best regards,

Miguel

Finally, I responded:

from A.J. Daulerio
to Miguel
date Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM
subject Re: Explore Deadspin and 4INFO partnership
mailed-by gmail.com

Miguel:

In reading through this stream of emails, it appears you've done everything possible to foist yourself and your widgets upon me in a way that's both dastardly and not helpful. But I'm glad you're concerned about my well-being, even though it appears your concern revolves around why I haven't set up a time to sit down with you and discuss how whatever it is you're selling will help Deadspin monetize air or help us achieve our imaginary goals and undefined initiatives via text messaging. The thing is, Miguel, you should probably dig a little deeper into the background of Deadspin. If you did, you'd find that Deadspin is owned by Gawker Media, meaning it's not an entirely independent site and that my title on the masthead only grants me so much authority in the day-to-day operations. Sadly, the title in no way enables me to push this through or even recommend it to my superiors. That title is pretty meaningless when it comes to helping you make your sales quota for this product. For you, "Editor-In-Chief" is about as useful as "Assistant Managing Editor" or "Sea Captain" or "Lord of the Bridge Trolls." After I didn't respond to your email the first time, a 5 minute Google search would have probably helped you figure out who the right person is to talk to about whatever it is you're peddling and would have saved me having to explain this to you in such a cunty way.

So, seriously, please stop bombarding me with this stuff.

I hope you're doing OK as well.

ajd

He hasn't emailed me back yet. Odds that he'll do so and ask "who the appropriate person to talk to" for this is or something like that are probably inching towards 2-1. If he doesn't see this, that is. I'll keep you updated.