These are not folks who sometimes find something interesting on the internet, and send the link to their friends. No, everybody does that. I’m talking about people who are much more serious and organized. I’m talking about active members of the forwarding community.
They often work specific niches, but not always.
Many fancy themselves funny forwarders and send out “funny” emails that have been forwarded to them by other funny forwarders within the network. These can include jokes (generally typed in a giant font, for some reason), wacky newspaper articles (self-contained within the message with no outward link), or videos in .wmv format and attached to the email itself (as if YouTube was never invented).
There are also political forwarders who like to distribute propaganda that supports their personal point of view. These are often diatribes supposedly written by well-known people (like Paul Harvey or Denis Leary), but were more likely penned by some foaming at the mouth political turdpouch in a basement somewhere. Political forwarders also like to cite “statistics” and “facts” that all of us would do well to take with a giant grain o’ salt.
Then there are the inspirational forwarders who like to send out heartwarming crapola about “true friends,” and gaggy stuff that. Inspirational forwarders often veer into religious messages, as well, and nostalgia pieces about how we didn’t have any safety measures when we were growing up, and we all survived. Forwards in this category sometimes play music when they’re opened, and often feature animated .gifs that annoy the living hell out of recipients.
And there are patriotic forwarders… and conspiracy forwarders… and “be warned about this fresh new threat to your family” forwarders… and on and on and on.
None of this is new, of course. But I’m starting to notice it becoming more organized and formal. And consistent. Folks are starting to describe each other as “accomplished in the field of forwarding,” and things like that. I believe the people who are involved in this enterprise set aside time every day to “forward,” and feel they have a responsibility to their network. Ya know?
What other categories of forwards are there? And what are the common characteristics of each? I know I didn’t cover them all, so help me out, won’t you?
Also, before I call it a day here, I’d like to confirm that I’m not alone in being an old fart throwback to a different era.
Last night at work I described someone as having a “big Grizzly Adams beard,” and the young whippersnappers just looked at me with confusion. I might as well have said “cat’s pajamas” or “23 skidoo!”
And I notice this happening more and more often. My descriptors are apparently starting to expire. Please tell me I’m not the only one… Please tell me you’ve said something like, “What are you, the Fonz?” only to be met with stares that say, “WTF? What kind of gibberish is this foo’ spewing?”
If so, tell us about it in the comments.
And this was a quickie, but I hope it’s not too horrible. I’ll be back tomorrow, then I’m gonna go underground with my “book” for several days.
Have a good one, my friends.