How long does it take to scrape an email address?

Well, almost two weeks ago I reported that I had been given a Gmail account, and experimentally included my Gmail address as a hyperlink in the message here on my Weblog. This morning I received my first spam to the account, a message that has nothing to do with the few contexts where I’ve shared the new Gmail address. My conclusion: they must have scraped it from this Web site.

Ten days.

Something to think about when you add mailto: links on your site!

2 comments on “How long does it take to scrape an email address?

  1. If the e-mail address were a mailto or any kind of hyperlink, I can understand how incredibly easy it would be to scrape the information from a website, but would the same be true if you had me@online.com in the text? Could they not use a slightly more sophisticated script to catch those?

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