How do you make a chain letter?

How do you make a chain letter?

A chain letter in its most basic form consists of a list of x persons. You're expected to send anything to the person at the top of the list. Then you take the top person off the list, moving the second person to the top, yourself to the bottom, and make copies of the letter to mail to your pals. The chain continues until it's concluded by someone who was not on the original list.

There are many variations on this theme. Some include a request that people send something to everyone on the list; others require only one item be sent to multiple recipients. Still other chains ask people to send something to all those except for one particular person who is then added to the list.

People have been sending letters through the mail for thousands of years. The first true postal system was based in China around AD 220. It used runners to deliver letters from town to town.

In Europe, another postal system developed about A.D. 400 where merchants would carry letters for friends and family in their pockets as they went about their business. These were called "merchant's letters" or "convenience letters." If the recipient could not be found at his place of work, then he wouldn't get the letter.

Chain letters spread across the world via email in the 1990s. They are now considered spam because there is no way for them to end unless everyone unsubscribes from the list.

Which is the oldest example of a chain letter?

A chain letter is a type of correspondence in which the recipient is encouraged to transmit the letter to a number of individuals in exchange for a reward or punishment for breaking the chain. For almost a century, people have exchanged chain letters. The first known example is from 1935 and is known as the "Prosperity Club" or "Send-a-Dime" letters. It is estimated that more than 100 million chains have been sent since then. Although most modern chain letters contain crude or offensive material, some are written using humor or satire.

The sender of a chain letter will often include instructions on how to reply. These instructions may encourage writers to use colorful language or include embarrassing facts about the recipient. They also may ask recipients to write letters back to the original sender or include requests such as "send $10, get $100,000". If enough people respond to the letter, it is believed that something good may happen. However, because no one knows what will happen to those who break the chain, recipients should not send money under any circumstances.

People have been sending chain letters for nearly all types of rewards and punishments. Some examples include:

Penance chain letters ask readers to copy and paste an article or web page that has either the words "penance" or "reparation" in it. Readers that do so will be forgiven their sins.

Reward chain letters tell readers they will receive a gift if they send copies of the letter to others. A common gift is money.

What is the purpose of a chain letter?

Chain letters are communications sent to a large number of persons with the request that each receiver forward them to as many additional people as possible. While some may be funny or provided for fun by the original sender, others may include concealed hazards to your internet security—viruses, phishing efforts, and so on.

The purpose of a chain letter is to spread information or advertising about one's business or product over a large number of people quickly. These letters are often used in marketing campaigns by companies to promote new products or services. The hope is that these will be passed on by recipients who will then do the same.

People send and receive chain letters for various reasons. Some do it as a joke, others may believe that it will help their business or product sell more easily. There are also letters that contain hidden dangers such as viruses which can harm computers. Recipients should never open any attachments or click on any links within a chain letter.

Companies use chain letters to reach a large number of people quickly. This is usually done via email but sometimes faxes or paper flyers are used instead.

When you receive a chain letter, there is no need to respond. However, if you have other people in your address book that might be interested in this type of communication, they will still be able to send them out.

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Colleen Tuite

Colleen Tuite is a professional editor and writer. She loves books, movies, and all things literary. She graduated from Boston College summa cum laude where she studied English with Creative Writing Concentration.

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