Musicians can be the worst and most flagrant email spammers in the world.

Just had a nice conversation with Dave at The Indie Bible (a wonderful resource I endorse) about the massive amount of spam I get from musicians who all point right at TIB and say, ‘well, we got your email from this directory, therefore we can just put it in Constant Contact or MailChimp and send you (whatever), because you’re advertising your email, therefore it’s not spam.’ Here it is musicians: you don’t know what your doing when it comes to email solicitation, but what you are doing by spamming the living snot out of professionals like me with poorly written press releases and - often times - terrible music and videos and gig announcements in cafes 3,000 miles away is you’re destroying your brand at the outset of your career. Here are the instructions on how to use email properly in the age of the internet. It’s hard enough as it is in this world to make a living as a musician, so try not to make it more difficult for yourself by being clueless, lazy, sloppy, unprofessional, and - most of all - arrogant, when you’re called out for being an email spammer. Also, you might want to familiarize yourself with Anti-Spam Policies. http://www.constantcontact.com/legal/anti-spam

Rancid, TSOL, Adolescents, Black Flag, C.J. Ramone, Slayer, Lemmy and Numerous Other Punk Rock & Heavy Metal Legends Join Forces to Help Ailing Influential Guitar Player

For Immediate Press Release
For more info, please contact: 
Greg Gura, Unite the United Foundation
Tel: 818-508-1243
Email: greggura@aol.com

Rancid, TSOL, Adolescents, Black Flag, C.J. Ramone, Slayer, Lemmy and Numerous Other Punk Rock & Heavy Metal Legends Join Forces to Help Ailing Influential Guitar Player - eBay Memorabilia Auctions to Raise Funds for Liver Transplant Surgery for China White‘s Frank Ruffino

March 21, 2013 - Orange County, CA – Legendary Punk Rockers, 

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friends and fans of influential China White guitar player Frank Ruffino have banded together to save his life. Unite the United Foundation,

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This is a great lesson on how to NOT win friends and influence people. Wow, join a LinkedIn Group, post your Facebook and Twitter info with  company background info, in a group that wants you to do that, and then you get some sanctimonious Harpie from Texas slamming you for it. I have no idea who this DeDe person is or what gives her the right to be the Queen of LinkedIn, but this takes a staggering amount of arrogance to be so condescending. This is her website. http://www.deborahwedekind.com/

This is a great lesson on how to NOT win friends and influence people. Wow, join a LinkedIn Group, post your Facebook and Twitter info with  company background info, in a group that wants you to do that, and then you get some sanctimonious Harpie from Texas slamming you for it. I have no idea who this DeDe person is or what gives her the right to be the Queen of LinkedIn, but this takes a staggering amount of arrogance to be so condescending. This is her website. http://www.deborahwedekind.com/

Gun Safety and Training Vs. Other Extreme Sport Training and Certification

I participate in a sport that kills a mere 150 people per year.  It is the fourth most Assault Weapons Bandangerous extreme sport in the country. Lack of training, equipment misuse, and sometimes failure, and physical exertion are the primary causes of death.  To even get into this sport at its most basic level, it requires two full days of class training and two full days of field classes of five tests at an average basic ‘entry level’ expense for training and gear of about $800.  Once I pass training, I am certified by one of several internationally recognized governing bodies, with ID, so I can continue to participate in the sport.  I need to take additional classes that are a day or two or a week long, at $150 to $1500 or more per class level to improve my expertise in order to participate in the sport at advanced levels.

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This is a great example as to how bands, promotorers and publicists can use ThingLink to create rich content to better promote their events online on their website or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.