Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The Shadow Sean Conners
I've had a Gmail account for nearly a decade now,
although I never use it.
I think I got one back in the day to see for myself the hype around this new email service from Google.
I obtained the account early enough to snag the address
(but don't send anything there—it might be months before I get to it).
But the weird thing is that I constantly get email meant for other Sean Conners. I checked today and …
- I have a girlfriend (or wife) named Ashley,
- I just joined to run the SCS Christmas 5K in New Jersey,
- I just had my AT&T payment processed with a XXXX card ending in XXXX,
- my secure login to the Walmart MoneyCard mobile app has just been created, with a user ID of XXXXXXXXXX.
And all this just in the past week!
What I find amazing and uncomprehensible is … do these other Sean Conners not know their own email address?
Do they just assume
email@example.com will somehow,
magically, get to them?
Do they not care?
Do other people sending the email just assume that
firstname.lastname@example.org will get to the Sean Conner they know?
What's going on?
I do respond to some of these (the ones that don't appear to be spam at least), informing the sender that they have the wrong Sean Conner, but rarely do I ever get a message back.