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iggy

5:14 pm on May 23, 2000 (gmt 0)

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we are in the flower business.

we are breaking away from ftd with our own business to business access to fellow flower shop owners.

we are providing a database of over 20,000 flowershops to other flower shops for free...

we need a e-mail harvesting program that will hunt the web for email addresses for web sites containing any ftd or flower related text or keywords...

our intention is not to constantly spam flower webs, rather, send one time announcement on our free service...

an email harvesting program would be the ticket...

thanks for any ideas...

ps can't wait fr the new collective!

9:44 pm on May 23, 2000 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't recommend using email harvesting programs, because if your not careful you can be classified as a spammer and get booted from your host. But as long as you understand the risks and are careful you could give "gee whiz" a try. It will search all the major engines with the keywords you specify and the bring you back the email addresses.

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How do these programs work? Where does it get the emails from? Has anyone ever used the addy's from these programs? If so, would you mind sharing the results?

Regards,

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Email harvesting programs generally have spiders that crawl the sites and capture any email addresses that they find. (There's two ways that I've seen these programs find the sites - #1 - they crawl the results of a specified search on search engines. #2 you start them out with your chosen keywords and a site and they just follow every link they find and take email address from pages that they find relevant to the keywords you tell them)
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THX Seth!!!