What about bacn?

August 21st, 2007 by

bacn.jpgBoxbe does a great job of getting rid of spam, but what about bacn (pronounced bacon)?

This is a bit of a tougher problem. As I’ve been testing Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail, I’ve realized that I get a lot of bacn and adding those senders to my list of approved emailers isn’t fun.

What is bacn?

If you’re like me ten minutes ago, you might be scratching your head. bacn, according to this video from Podcamp Pittsburgh last weekend, is the email that you want to receive, but it’s not immediately valuable. There has been a lot of discussion on the web of this “middle class” of email in the last few days.

People who add you as a friend on Facebook, shipping notices from Amazon, or bill pay notices from Wells Fargo could all be classified as bacn.

A few people in the blogosphere have protested the term, but as good as the real bacon might taste, it sure is something you shouldn’t eat all the time.

What to do with bacn?

What do you consider bacn? Better yet, what do you do with bacn?

Do you set up filters in your email? Do you just let it sit in your inbox? Personally, I use Apple Mail and have a number of filters set up to take these messages out of my inbox and into their own special little place.

Update: there is a great bacn discussion over at Lifehacker.

photo from Flickr user bahkubean

5 Responses to “What about bacn?”

  1. Mosley Says:

    Bacon is not a joke like spam is. So I think the term is giving bacon a bad wrap. The only thing bacon has done to you is shorten your life at the cost of giving you great taste.

    Scrpple would have been a better choice.

  2. Randy Stewart, Product Manager Says:

    I agree that this is a tough one, but everybody knows bacon. Scrapple, on the other hand, is probably a little less known.

    That said, bacn isn’t entirely bad, right? I mean, I want bacn, just not in my inbox.


  3. Levi Blackman Says:

    Yeah, I love bacon. Spam works because it makes my life suck, like junk email does. But bacon gives me a reason to live!

    I want bacon, but all the time. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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