If there’s one thing that bugs me more than anything professionally, it’s when bad marketing people give good marketing people a bad name by continuing to use spam and automated techniques when they simply do not work anymore. It’s a plague in many industries, but seems to find its happiest home in the realm of… Continue reading The continued rise of bad search marketing practices
If there’s one thing that could bring down the whole Twitter empire outside of a catastrophic meltdown of all of their servers, it’s spam. Hackers and malware agents have been limited over the years as more users are keeping their accounts secure and are hesitant to click unfamiliar links, so the annoying little luncheon meat… Continue reading One small step for Twitter, one pretty decent sized leap for spam haters
In many ways, Facebook has lost some of its luster as a business tool. It isn’t that it’s not possible to properly market a business on the platform. It’s that the complexity of the EdgeRank algorithm mixed with the touchiness of the advertising formats has many turning autopilot onto their pages instead of investing time… Continue reading What do abandoned Facebook pages say about a business?
Email spammers can reach hundreds of thousands of people in a very short amount of time before their domain is registered through the appropriate networks and filtered. Social media spam attacks can be transmitted to millions in the same amount of time and will often delete their own accounts before allowing them to be tracked… Continue reading Analog spambot in action
At the World Economic Forum in 2004, Bill Gates made an interesting promise. “Two years from now, spam will be solved.” The rise of social media has had others making other predictions for years. One such prediction has been in the form of bloggers and technology experts declaring that email will be dead by 2009,… Continue reading Wasn’t email supposed to be dead by now?
If you’re going to spread your message on Twitter, it’s best to avoid the Viagra technique. That’s the message coming from capitol hill as Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) released evidence in a press release that he is being spammed by twitterbots. “Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud,” Stockman said in the release. “Obama’s anti-gun activists… Continue reading Gun control Twitter campaign using ‘male enhancement pill’ techniques according to GOP congressman
You may notice a drop in your Pinterest followers today. Don’t worry – your popularity level hasn’t fallen. It’s just the spammers and bots that Pinterest is targeting, so the “loss” of followers won’t really be a loss at all. In fact, Pinterest estimates that 99% of users will only lose around 10 followers. It’s… Continue reading Pinterest is (finally) going after spam accounts with an axe
Spam is annoying. Period. There is always a random e-mail that we receive and don’t even bother to open but just send it right to the trash. We all know spam as something that is a nuisance when it comes to e-mails. But community managers have a difficult time with it as well when it… Continue reading To mark, or not to mark: The nuisance of spam
I hate spam. Who doesn’t? I tend to hate it more than others because a relative fell victim to phishing a couple of years ago, so I tend to actually look at phishing emails to see what’s happening in the world of Nigerian Princes and people trapped in London. This particular email struck me as… Continue reading Trust and Safety Authenticator: The Logic is Flawless
Pork, salt, water, sugar, and sodium hydrate. Those are the general ingredients for Hawaii’s favorite meat substitute. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) that’s not the spam we’re talking about here. Since the opportunities on the Internet started becoming clear a decade or two ago, the rise of spam as a substitute for real… Continue reading The evolution of spam (not the luncheon meat)