February 11th, 2013, 11:35 PM
How to check if the email has been opened or not!
Can someone please explaoin this? Thanks
couldnt delete them! )
Last edited by zxcvbnm; February 11th, 2013 at 11:38 PM.
February 12th, 2013, 12:17 AM
That's standard email tracking. It sets up a 1x1 pixels image to be displayed in the HTML email body. The URL for that image is a PHP script that records the details that are set up in the URL, then uses PHP's built-in image libraries to output a simple image to the browser (in this case the email client). It's basically the industry-standard and it used to almost everyone.
February 12th, 2013, 08:32 AM
Note that some people (like me) have images disabled in their email client specifically to stop weird creepy tracking like this.
Gmail blocks images by default as well.
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February 12th, 2013, 08:58 AM
You could instead of a 1x1px
use an image (or images) that actually state something (so they are pretty much forced to enable images if they are curious). Although it's not very nice to track people this way without knowing it. It's forbidden in my country, Probably also in the rest of the EU.
February 12th, 2013, 06:40 PM
What do you recommend?
Originally Posted by ManiacDan
February 12th, 2013, 07:43 PM
February 12th, 2013, 08:18 PM
You can't track people who have images turned off (can't, as in, it is literally impossible). The image solution is really the only workable option.
The disadvantage of this is that if the person doesn't enable images they don't get the information at all, whereas if you send the information as text, at least if they don't enable images they still get the information.
Normally when you're sending emails of the type that use tracking pixels, you care more than the recipient does about whether or not they read the information.
It's not illegal in the US. OP is from Australia I think, I don't know about legality there, but my guess is it's not illegal. IIRC, it's only been illegal in the EU for a short time, and the EU tends to be more strict about that sort of stuff than other places.
Last edited by E-Oreo; February 12th, 2013 at 08:21 PM.