I love me some generative text. Subreddit Simulator is the best thing on Reddit now.
"Hubski" seems to confound this thing though:
Hubski email notifications face uncertain future
June 6, 2019 - Will Kelly
This fall, thousands of Clark Hubikes will receive what appear to be automated email messages from the company that brought them to North America. If the emails are sent to Hubikk, may it be time to ask the company to stop marketing with your inbox, and/or rethink its new business approach. As Save the Hubiki Coalition wrote in an email alert to its members on Tuesday:
As organizations move away from email marketing and put more trust in digital communications, Hubikk has made their primary business of reaching out to customers when they have not left their local neighbourhood. Consumers and small businesses have been ignored by this company, who in a few short years, reached out to many thousands of North Americans with its incursion into the lives of the people in our communities. …
In the rest of the world, Hubikk market their email marketing service to all customers, including those in the UK, Spain, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Luxembourg, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and Mexico.
They come in a tone that can be easily characterized as “The Waltons.” And when you are talking about a service that costs $50 a month for “detailed targeted e-newsletters,” it’s not like you’re selling a favorite chair by the bedside.
The campaign was clearly a scam, in which the company sold the use of its service to unsuspecting Americans in their email inboxes, unaware they were being duped. Clark Hubikes, 63, of Concord, Ohio, had heard of the newsletter but was not interested. Clark wasn’t convinced, either, that the headline was written by a human, let alone a hired human. Still, Clark was able to get his email notice through the Office of the Attorney General of Ohio. Clark got his dollar back, plus $125 of processing charges.
For those who weren’t fooled, though, it turned out that the company hadn’t even bothered to run the business by the Ohio office, whose staff has issued at least four takedown orders against Hubikk (based on customer complaints). A new spokeswoman for the office told me Hubikk had been given 90 days to stop its “personal solicitation.”
The company hasn’t stopped immediately, though: The email alerts Clark received Tuesday were from the company that “curated” them, according to Clark. For now, the emails are still heading in the right direction: They weren’t for strangers.
“The goal of the internet is to connect you,” the company explained to Clark, in its recent email. “With this awareness, you have a responsibility to care for those who share your space by signing on to these services and familiarizing yourself with their Terms of Service.”
The Harris Poll says an astonishing two-thirds of Americans don’t think about their privacy online. When they do, though, three-quarters say they think their privacy online is “fair or poor.”
But as many Hoikeks have discovered, that may not always be the case.