MessageLabs has found that “only” 84.2% of email was spam in August, down from 94.5% in July.
Let that sink in.
Just under one-sixth of email sent last month was “real” mail. That means, on average, someone who receives 10 “real” emails a day will receive 60 pieces of spam. And just that much is an improvement!
Can you imagine that statistic applied to something else, like food? “Only 84% of milk sold in August was contaminated…” Or entertainment. It would be like watching 10 minutes of a TV show scattered among 50 minutes of commercials.
Actually, the way some stations show movies, that might not be too far off the mark…
Aaahh, that’s only in the last half of the movie. As I remember it, the ratio starts out at about 70-30 and gradually flip-flops over the course of the timeslot. Of course, that data is from a few years ago, so it probably reaches 10-90 by the last 5 minutes these days…..