I just got a Gmail account, thanks to the generosity of Plan B.
I haven’t used it to send any messages. I never filled out the address in any web forms. I never posted the address to any Web sites. Basically, the account’s address is unknown to the outside world.
Today, I checked the account, just for the hell of it, and found this:
The addresses are vaugely simlilar to mine, but not quite. Still, though, I got the misaddressed spam.
Think of the implications: instead of fishing for addresses, spammers now just have to send out e-mail to a bunch of random strings, knowing that it will be directed to a Gmail account with a similar username. This is perhaps the one thing that can really, really hurt the value of Gmail.