Ah, the morning. So wonderful, so pleasant.
BAM! 70+ emails worth of spam in your inbox, and not in your spam folder, in Gmail. Heck, that could give some sensitive people full-on heart attacks. While spending a good 10 minutes deleting emails on a G2 (i.e not a fun way to start your day), I left all the emails that has swearwords and spammy titles, in hopes of figuring out what was happening (that’s my Gmail account above). It turns out that I made a great choice of keeping those emails. Most people had already come up with tutorials on how to unsubscribe from the Google Pilot Testers group that seemingly all Cr-48 users and hopefuls who might have expected a Cr-48 were thrown in, then bashed with all these emails, which started in the very early morning.
Michael Arrington has something written up on this, but I’m not sure he has a Cr-48. What the heck, just click it. In the meantime, I’m awaiting responses from Google ninjas and some press teams.
Update: It turns out one Cr-48 tester that I’ve met in real-life hasn’t seen any of these emails. See his tweet after the break.
Update 2 @ 8:58 AM: An email just sent from Google to my Gmail account has comment about the spam emails:
We posted an apology to the group last night explaining the problem.
That message read: “A bug in our script to invite users to a Chrome notebook discussion group accidentally signed everyone up to receive email by default.
Google Press Team
So that settles that. It was a mistake. Now to clean-up your inbox and hope Google never does this again.