(The Humanitarian Social Network)
One of the acknowledged weaknesses of a Ning network is vulnerability to spammers.
Yep, it's an annoyance. And here on AidSource, one spammer who goes by the handle "Esther Larry" seems especially intent on offering her undying love and devotion (and possibly some racy pictures) to our awesome members (you).
So, while the Ning techies figure out how to block spammers, let's have some fun: If you were going to spam a humanitarian aid and development network, what would be your pickup email?
To get you started:
My name is Jean-Philippe, never had a field position before, I saw your account profile in this site ( aidsource ) today and became interested in your operational mandate, I will also like to know more about your donor engagement strategy, and i want you to send an email direct to my email address so i can give you my logframe and vehicle fleet management matrix.
Here is my email address( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I believe we can partner synergistically and sustainably from here! i am waiting for your mail to my email address above with your draft MOU and statement of operational intent.
( Remember the distance, Age, color or organizational affiliation do not matter but bad beer can make even the cushiest disaster response intolerable )
Not sure I'd know where to start spamming a humanitarian network (I can barely remember my password for AidSource). But spam I'd be likely to respond to would be something like .
I know you know that I was checking you out at the last logistics cluster meeting yesterday, and I feel like there could be real magic between us. I can negotiate a humanitarian corridor if your pipeline is ready. Let's exchange pictures of our warehouses. You'll see that I have enough capacity to fully accommodate your NFIs.
In longing anticipation of your response,
Considering that I met my girlfriend of two years at a Cluster meeting I'm not sure how to respond ...
c'mon, Timo... details!
Ehem. That would have been the Shelter Cluster in Haiti after the 2010 quake.