Wednesday, July 25, 2007

7 characteristics of blog comment spam



Paid opinion blogging, and compensated blog comments, are crap. Nobody believes incentivized remarks and they simply pollute the blogosphere.

If you're being paid to praise or attack something, in the guise of being a spontaneous remark by an actual customer, you're polluting the blogosphere with worthless remarks that have an ulterior motive.

Such blog whoring breaks the peer-to-peer recommendation system of the Trust Web.

Take this one for example.

This comment was in moderation this morning. Blogger notifies me via email when a new comment is in moderation. This enables me to prevent comment spam and abusive comments from appearing on my blog.

I'm not censoring anybody, just blocking the spambots and the PayPerPost blog whores.

Comment spam is a remark that typically features the following characteristics, which you'll see in the comment spam below:

(1) Anonymous
(2) Flattering
(3) Irrelevant
(4) Tangential
(5) Promotional
(6) Amateur
(7) Linked


Now here's the comment spam.


[QUOTE]

Hey buddy! Nice blog that you maintain here.. I just chanced upon your blog surfing the blogosphere. I was thinking.. you could try out some interesting widgets on your page and spice it up with some great pictures. E.g try out the poster widget on [-- URL deleted --] with your relevant keywords. It has some of the best images i have ever seen.

[END QUOTE]


(1) Anonymous: no name, no web site URL embedded in a signature, thus no way to verify who this is.

(2) Flattering: "Hey buddy", not even using "Vaspers" or "Steven". This makes me think it's an automated program, a "spambot", that tried to post this bogus "comment".

Since I don't use a "captcha" (character recognition, human-verification device) to block spambots. I quit using a captcha, because it's often hard for real humans to see what letters or numbers are displayed. Jim Estill, CEO blogger, gave me this anti-captcha advice.

(3) Irrelevant: No indication that the comment poster read any of my blog, or the specific post they are trying to attach the comment to. Not even an attempt to fit the remark in with the topic of the post or the theme of my blog. A dead give-away.

(4) Tangential: Not only is the comment not pertinent to the discussion, but it goes off on a tangent. This is called "thread-jacking": hijacking, or subverting, the "thread" of the conversation. In this case, the topic "widgets" is introduced.

(5) Promotional: Having brought up an irrelevant topic, the comment is promoting a web site that pertains, not to my specific post or blog theme (web usability, socnet analysis), but to the topic of the comment.

(6) Amateur: The anonymous, probably non-human, comment poster is unprofessional. I have widgets in my blog, but "he" doesn't even acknowledge it. In fact, he seems to be blind. He could have at least said "I noticed you have a few widgets already, but have you checked out (blah blah blah)."

(7) Linked: Nearly every spam comment will link to a site that is selling something, or seeking to increase traffic and clicks to ads displayed on the site.


The reason this comment fails to use my name, and fails to be relevant to the specific post, is because the human or spambot who is attempting to use my blog as a free advertising bulletboard, is: this comment is generic, and designed to be posted at a variety of blogs on a variety of topics and themes.

Comment spam is similar to email spam. You did not request information from the company, the company is irrelevant to your needs, the message is generic, and the spam is inrusive, disruptive, and time-wasting.

Delete all such generic, boiler-plate comments.

The links may lead to malicious, Trojan or spyware-attaching sites. Protect your blog visitors. Keep your site clean from blog whore pollutions.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

micro multi mobile VIDEO



"micro multi mobile" (3:34) by Vaspers the Grate, on YouTube, with ambient music by my band Str8 Sounds: "boats of remote remorse" from new "Biometric Miles" CD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB-9NUZng2Y

innovative products and socnets



I think the most revolutionary, important, and helpful products are often mysterious, ignored, misunderstood at first. Just say "twitter" to some uncluedins, and watch the discomfort and distaste. The plain olds don't get it, and they hate the words we use.

I have explored these Web 2.0 tools and communities to varying degrees. Some were quick to set up and run with little administration, others are perpetually ongoing projects stretching to accommodate an evolving perfectionism, as new features are added and old ones improved or expanded.

Audacity:

Audio editor is actually an online studio, from SourceForge. I use it primarily for computer music composition, recording, track editing, and WAV exporting to iTunes for mp3 conversion and playlist CD burning. Simple. Crashes frequently. Extremely good sound path production, including effects and cut and paste tools. Fast. Fun. Free.

iTunes:

So much better than horrible Windows Media Player, it's astonishing. Ideal for opening, playing, playlisting, CD burning, mp3 conversion, and archiving of audio files. Easy. Fast. Fun. Free.

TinyURL:

This will be monetized by whoever figures out how valuable a list of URLs are that were long, but users went to the trouble of pre-shortening them, for better distribution in chat, forums, blogs, online display of web address, etc. Those links must be hot, viral, people's choice, massive opportunities for some sort of business or public service, eh? Free.

Adobe:

One word: Flash. PDF not so much. That still sucks. Just starting to explore Flash Media Encoder for live streaming video. Free.

Google Labs
:

A restless relentless pursuit of more widgets, mashups, and mostly Free.

Twitter:


Fact: faster, briefer, more sporadic (unpredictable frequency/quantity/quality) communications are paradoxically are also more intimate, helpful, and groundbreaking. Another simplicity/speed innovation empowering people over institutions, from Evan Williams, who brought us Blogger and Odeo. Free.

Yahoo Pipes
:

Lets you mix and mash highly configureable RSS feed complexities. Ideal for target data aggregation, the ultimate info mashup tool, but is itself a bit ponderous and overly technical. For programmers and advanced users. Free.

OpenKapow
:

Helps you make your own mashups with simple tools. Have not tested this yet, will do so soon though. Free.

Freebase
:

Selective invites forms elite crew of alpha volunteers to construct metaweb of database driven specializations. Free.

Zaadz:

selective invites forms elite crew of altruism troops called World Changers, inspiring each other, and providing individual and group tools for activist causes. Free.

Pownce:

goes beyond simple uni-directional chat to provide tools for accurate "in reply to" and file sharing (mp3, jpeg, etc.) Seems more professional, scholarly, less trivial than other asynchronous chat, status update, presencing streams. Free, with paid upgrade Pro version.

Swicki/Eurekster:

Make your own custom, specialized search engine. Then train it to favor links you feel are most authoritative, including your own best content. User community also participates in ranking relevancy of links. Free.

Yippykya:

Bringing an ecommerce dimension to the socnet concept. Have just begun messing with this one. Seems very promising. Has corporate sponsors like Apple, Microsoft, Starbucks, McDonalds, if I recall rightly. That could be good or bad, it depends on what they try to do to the users and their transactions. Free.

8apps:

A productivity socnet. Just beginning to explore the tools. 4 apps are ready, 4 more are in development. Project management tools, etc. Good usability. Free.

Conduit:

In collaboration with TechCrunch, this company enables users to configure a custom toolbar, with menus and widgets, including popup blockers and email notifiers, plus what you consider Hot Links, to promote sites and benefit web surfers. Free.

Ning:

This socnet from Marc Andreessen and crew is astonishing for its easily editable mp3 player embed, with no limit on file size. I've uploaded 30 minute song sequences with no problem. Fast, too. Free.

Gleamd
:

Altruistic people search that asks "Who could you shine a light on?" May be evolving into a personal portal/press kit type hub, the ultimate node for any promotion or personal purposes. Free.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

fake vs. real in blogosphere

Some bloggers will do anything to make money.

Likewise, some companies try to "game", invade, and exploit the blogosphere and socnets. You have probably heard about fake blogs and paid opinion bloggers.

Now I'm going to explain quickly why compensated product reviews, incentivized blogging, and coached comments are anti-consumer, a violation of the Trust Web, and strategically counter-productive.

Then we'll learn how to spot fakes in the blogosphere.

Wrong:

Compensated, PayPerPost, blog whoring posts and comments are fraudulent. You are making claims about a product, pretending to be a happy customer with a spontaneous remark or review. But really, you're being paid to say what you say.

Violates Trust Web:

Consumers are turning away from corporate "messaging" and advertising promotions, and seeking peer-to-peer advice from each other. While nobody's perfect, we tend to trust individuals more than institutions, especially corporate and commercial organizations.

If certain individuals are lurking with pre-paid, pre-determined, promotional messages, sponsored content, and are ready to spring it on hapless blog visitors, or post it as comments on unsuspecting blogs, we're in trouble.

We seek user testimonies. Paid Opinions ruin that system. We begin to even distrust any online person who praises or condemns, for we wonder if they're sincere and uncoached, or if they're simply prompted by commercial, financial interests, to say it.

Counter-productive:

Posing as a social networking community member is a bad idea for a commercial mercenary blogger/comment poster, and for a company.

When fake is exposed, it causes a ripple effective of extreme disgust and hostility throughout the blogosphere. We are tired of liars, posers, and arrogant con artists in business and government. We will react harshly against all instances of it. See: Dan Rather, Trent Lott, etc.

Telling the Real from the Fake:

Here are some quick tips for increasing your web savvy pertaining to imposters and subtle hype artists. The following advice is directly copy and pasted from recent Twitter messages, which have a 140 character limit.

(1) PayPerWhore posts/comments are generally brief, scripted, impersonal, branded, promotional, non-critical, and linked to an ecommerce site. (2) A genuine user, non-PayPerWhore post will usually be "it's great for X, but it's disappointing for Y, yet overall it's pretty good." A genuine user, non-PayPerWhore post will usually be "it's great for X, but it's disappointing for Y, yet overall it's pretty good." @susanreynolds I mean a real user will typically be jaded, restrained praise mixed w/doubts @theReal Quidam snarky = smart ass skeptical. Genuine blog WOM is snarky, cynical, never 100% pleased, mixes blunt idiosyncratic remarks with product feature details, real experiences. Paid Opinion Blogging, the curse of the Trust Web, often is a cold remark pointing to a commercial site. Little personality, no negativity.



Think about it this way.

If your significant other was saying sweet, adoring, romantic things to you a lot more than usual, you'd be pleased.

Pleased, that is, until you found out one black and gloomy day, that your love interest was part of a university program of ethnomethodology research on human interactions, and she was paid $10 for every sweet statement.

That would be either amusing or annoying, right? Either way, the credibility, of those comments if not others, is gone down the drain. From then on, you might have a gnawing since of incredulity every time she said or did anything complimentary to you.

Same for companies.

To pose as an ordinary forum poster, blogger, or commenter is fraudulent.

Just be your corporate self and participate in online communities with all the trustworthiness, prestige and authority your company and leadership have earned.

Publish valuable, relevant, helpful articles, with links to your products or ecommerce site, and social bookmark them or blog about them. Act like a normal member of the online community, follow their rules, and try to contribute your expertise in a non-commericial manner.

If they like you, they might buy from you.

But if they despise you, a powerful maelstrom of negative buzz could be brewing already.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Web 2.0 pep and gusto



I have noticed that many conventional bloggers are experiencing a lack of pep and gusto in adapting to micro-blogging, socnets, VoIP, videocasting, blog widgetizing, personal channel aggregation portals, multi-media presencing streams, and other mandatory elements of the New Super Blogging.

Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis, Liz Straus, Carrie Snell, Hugh McLeod of Gaping Void, Chris Brogan, and a few other early bloggers have evolved with the morphological energy of the blog-nebula, but most have not.

Some early computing pioneers are hostile to these promising developments.

A long-time friend, who's an audio file expert and heavily into internet radio, is angry with me.

He's upset with how much time I put into socnets and Web 2.0 tools, when I seem to be sluggish about fixing something on my computer that will permit me to listen live to his radio station online. He claims all that "nonsense" is worthless unless it can generate immediate cash for him now.

Can anything generate immediate cash?

I mean, even a paycheck, you have to wait for it, right?

You must realize that I do make money, directly and circumventually, from participating in socnets, database metawebs, blogs, videocasting, VoIP chats, and other Web 2.0 experiments.

I explore, experiment, and expand.

My web presence is scattered and focused and reaching a certain niche ubiquity.

I can prove these tools work.

I am using them for myself, my music, my employer, and my clients.

Nobody's complaining, and some of us are doing quite handsomely.

You need to build profiles on as many relevant and/or high popularity socnets, VSEs, people search sites, metawebs, tool communities, file sharing systems, online reputation machines, and personal portals as possible.

The profiles and activities increase your SERP domination.

Your audience, in other words, are not just the community members, but also the SE spiders.

More later, as your pal Vaspers explains, exposes, and expedites the Future Web and how to succeed, rather than suffer, in it.

Say yes to Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, Ning, GarageBand, Spock, 8apps, Zaadz, Gleamd, Wink, flickr, folkd, Mahalo, web without end, amen.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

socnet specialist


Some things are reachable only by water.

In other words, it takes some effort, you must navigate in a new way, step out of your comfort zone. The best things in life come through struggle and sticking to it until perfection.

That North Vietnamese farmhouse, in the photo above, is reachable only by water.

Being a socnet specialist is an accomplishment that is reachable only by water, i.e. hard work and strong motivation.

It's not easy being a socnet specialist.

I tried to come up with a sober, modest term to describe a person who's addicted to socnets and can't stop. As our addiction takes us deeper into the murky realms of presencing streams and personal portals, we become experts on what users expect and need.

We study and interact with socnets, with potential for clients in mind. We are thinking: "How might my client use this, or how could I use it for him or her, for marketing or influencing?"

Socnets offer fast message distribution. With Pownce, you can also distribute files, like photo jpegs and music mp3s, or podcasts. Each socnet offers a unique twist, with varying degrees of user control over their personal profile and pages. On some socnets you can aggregate the feeds of all your other socnets, blogs, and websites, if they have RSS/Atom URLs.

Socnet addiction can be transformed into a marketable skill. You learn how to fit in with online communities, make friends, share beta invites and links to cool sites, and be a good, participating member of a group. By being helpful, offering free work, and revealing aspects of your personality and interests, you become credible and trusted.

Socnet trust is hard to come by, since avatared personas may not be what they seem. You begin to get a feel for it, a sense of what's real and what's incentivized, what's genuine and what's fake. Like the phony "delta airlines" account on Twitter, pretending to represent the company. We exposed the charade and after a few messages, it faded away.

Trolls try to do their dirty work, but can be bashed or ignored into non-existence, usually in a few months at most.

Last night I counted 38 socnets (social networks) that I've joined. That means, in most cases, building a profile page, uploading photos and music mp3s, and messing around with some functionalities.

It's work, not a lot of fun, though there is a euphoria in it. What drives me is curiosity, dissatisfaction, and expectation. I know a perfect, ultimate socnet will be developed, and I've devoted an entire secret project, code name Pinnacle, to this goal.

If you're interested in how socnets can be used for business, political campaigns, or personal purposes, contact me. The research is ongoing, feverish, and very fruitful.


EDIT UPDATE

Here are some of the socnets I'm on, with varying degrees of involvement. Some are tool-oriented, with minimal community or networking, but all are social to some degree. (I"ve skipped blogs that require registration, though there is community revolving around them.)

Often, I'll spend a lot of time and effort on one, until I have it pretty well configured and figured out, then move on to another. Others are frequently updated and tweaked.

Most of them are "name".com, as in http://zaadz.com

MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
Pownce
Jaiku
8apps
Zaadz
RockYou
Mashable
Ning
Yippykya
Campfire
Digg
Dabble
ZD Net
Archive.org
Spock
Freebase
Gleamd
Fauxto
Mahalo
GarageBand
Podsafe Music Network
IODA Promonet
Thinkature
ArtsCad
WM Share
Wikinomics
eWork Markets
Dice
LinkedIn
Mojizu
Tumblr
del.icio.us
folkd.com
Correlate.us
TagsAhoy
flickr
Lifehacker
FoxyTunes Planet
Library Thing
Swicki/Eurekster
YouTube (Director Account)
Revver
Justin.TV
UstreamTV
BlogTV
BlipTV
eyespot
Virb
Squidoo
Gather
Socialtext
Blog-City
Opera Community
Boxes & Arrows
We Are Smarter Than We
Evolt
DevZone
Slashdot
SourceForge
MyBlogLog
Programmable Web
Linux.com
Buzz Sponge
Blinklist
MyChingo
Place4Friends
BlogBurst
Wallop
Open Politics
Online Journalism Review
Personal Democracy Forum
Poynter.org
Geek.com
TechRepublic
CSS Forum
Art Forum Talkback
Audacity User Group
Odeo
epinions
Busy Thumbs
O'Riley Network







Photo credit: Keithor

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Super Bloggers: multi micro




New Blogosphere of Multi-media Micro-blogging


Many discussions revolve around what blog platform is best. But the real issue is how all the platforms are growing and improving. Some might say: fracturing and expanding.

I've used Blogger, the free hosting, since May 2004 and find it satisfying. I have tried WordPress, Opera Community, Vox, Blog-City, and some others, but prefer Blogger.

What we need to do now, though, is get into multimedia and microblogging.

Plain text blogging is dwindling. Blog visitors now expect you to have more than just words to read. They like hearing brief podcast messages or shows, and watching video clips on your site or by linking to upload sites like YouTube.

I've had some podcast messages and welcome videos here, and am now working on some new, updated versions. They'll appear in my sidebar soon.

The micro-blogging or tiny journaling phenoomenon is the Next Big Thing after multimedia blogging.

Micro-blogging as provided by Pownce, Twitter, and Jaiku represents the new wave in Blog Evolution.

It force bloggers to be brief, to the point, for mobile viewing. Pownce even lets you attach mp3 players and download links to a message, and other files, like jpegs.

Twittering your blog posts can drive traffic to them and you can also partake in the fast, furious world of Beta Invite Sharing.

Many insights, links, and files are being abundantly shared in such communities, to the point that I spend more time in them, and very little time in conventional blogs. Most of us cannot bother much with email anymore, like in Japan.

I strongly urge all bloggers to do both conventional and micro-blogging. Try the 140 character limit per message. It's good to learn brevity in communication. Most bloggers tend to be prolix, going on and on about a topic. In micro-blogging, you have the opportunity to learn from others how to condense and idea or question.

I've been thrilled to see myself trim a profound insight or shrink a raging complaint. Power-packed brevity is useful in many applications, like: taglines, email subject lines, blog post titles, and forum topic titles. Thus, micro-blogging is a marketable skill, especially if you've used it to promote various products or sites.

New Super Bloggers--we are changing.


We're widgetizing our blogs, to provide more functions for users. We're turning into television stations mixed with message boards and music. We're experimenting with new tools and online communities. We are not stagnating.

We're also contributing to the new Database-driven Semantic MetaWeb, building profiles, portfolios, and personal portals in every socnet site we can get our hands on.

It's the New Super Bloggers who are constructing and inhabiting the new Web 2.0 world, and it's more fun, challenging, and rewarding than the old Web 1.0 world.

http://twitter.com/vaspers
http://newreformedinsane.ning.com
http://pownce.com/vaspers
http://vaspers.jaiku.com

Monday, July 09, 2007

Web 2.0 experiment


SpyderHost.net is seeking a charity, non-profit, not for profit, or community service organization.

We want to provide the organization with FREE online marketing tools, no strings attached. What we want to test is the power of strategically deployed Web 2.0 tools like socnets (social networking sites) and multimedia applications like video and audio podcasts.

We will custom design a blog for the organization, with RSS feeds, links to organization's main website, Technorati tracker, online visitor counter, Google Analytics, tags, comments-enabled, Swicki custom search engine, PayPal online donation button, and other blog widgets.

We may also implement such tools as Twitter and Pownce micro-blogging and file-sharing systems, del.icio.us social bookmarking, Spock people search and Freebase metaweb profiles, webcam interviews and presentations, upload the videos to YouTube, produce live streaming video on UstreamTV or BlogTV, and much more.

If you know of any group that is struggling with getting media attention, funds, or volunteers, please post a comment, email, or phone.

Contact:


sestreight@spyderhost.net

(309) 682-4678

Thanks a lot!



[photo above by Scott M. Liddell]

Sunday, July 08, 2007

music marketing via mp3s


Some music marketing pundits long for the old days, when only a few bands made it nationally, and the record labels grew prosperous off the hard working backs of performers and recording artists.

Micro-payments and royalties and property rights--what a mess of misunderstandings!

It's not about Getting Paid. It's about Getting Known, Getting Craved, Getting Buzz, Getting Out of Obscurity. If you become something the public, or a niche cult, wants, you'll get paid.

Matthew Ebel "Long live the RIAA"


http://matthewebel.com/main/
2007/07/07/long-live-the-riaa/

My comment:

  1. vaspers the grate aka steven e. streight Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I have been a performing and recording artist for many years, and this whining about “not getting paid” is annoying.

    It’s not about “getting paid”. If you need payment, there are abundant opportunities. But most music bands should focus on Getting Known.

    There is too much music. It is too available. Thus, consumers need guidance. How can a music fan decide which unknown band to investigate, perhaps buy music from? Not by looking at a MySpace mess or reading user reviews in Amazon. You see extreme praise and extreme loathing.

    You must hear. To go beyond just letting consumers hear your music, you need to let them download it. FREE. Let them download maybe 30 or 40 songs, for FREE. Why? Because then you have a wide variety of material out there, and somebody sometime might like a few things.

    By providing free mp3s in abundance, your music could catch fire and go viral. Be a meme. A smash hit on the internet. Then your payday shall arrive with huge bundles of cash.

    But to quibble about 20 cent royalty on each song each time somebody plays it? Taxing internet radio, like KillRadio.org? DRM? All counter-promotional nonsense.

    http://twitter.com/vaspers

    My free mp3s are, among many other places, here:

    http://newreformedinsane.ning.com
    http://www.garageband.com/artist/str8sounds



Music marketing is changing. The old ways no longer work, especially for unknown bands. There is too much music. Consumers are impatient and lacking guidance. The best shopping guide for music is the free sampler. I'm talking: making 30 or 40 songs available for free download.

If people like your music, then they'll burn your mp3s to a CD. Maybe that CD will be the soundtrack for a road trip, or a portion of the ambience of a loft party. Your mp3s are your best salesmen. Set your salesmen on fire: send out as many free mp3s as possible.

The more online venues showcasing your mp3s, the greater chances are that you'll be discovered. Get a lucky break. Have hit record. Compose a science fiction film soundtrack. Gain podcast clients who want show music ambience and opening themes.

A true musical artist will have infinite creativity. So "property protection" is a very low priority. Rather than restraining and limiting the audience for your music, you need to get it out there.

Expose it to hate and love and indifference. You have nothing to fear but success. For success leads to fortune which leads to dissipation, and eventual ruin. Before your wealth destroys your love and health, spend some time getting your music to speed past the state of obscurity.

Launch those mp3s!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

invasion of the Socnet Spambots


140 character limit per message is the best thing that ever happened to blogging.

140 character limit per utterance is now a rigid rule I would like to help everyone in all communication venues to adhere to religiously: podcasts, video, film, sermons, poems, all textual content, as much as possible.

How many words shoot off into the air or the digital effluvium, to die unheard, in the numbed and bored to death ears of inattentive audiences? What an awful and shameful waste of perfectly good words, though the logic strings are usually dubious to say the least!

My good friends, if you like my ideas, you must pull yourself together, oppose the Future squarely in the face, and say, "Okay. Micro blog blasting it is then! I shall hesitate no longer. I will arise. I will join Twitter, Pownce, Ning, and Jaiku today, before dinner or the day is done."

But, alas, there is trouble. Big trouble.

These nifty brevity channels are under attack. I mean more than just Twitter Supremicists vs. Pownce Ninjas. (I am a half-breed, liking both, heck, liking all the socnets, except MyFace.)

Your pal Vaspers, always at the cudgeling edge of experimentation in music and web stuff, has seen a New Vision, and it's unfortunately a Vision of Socnet Spambotting.

Behold: malicious entity starts an account, then launches attack vector "flood": sending out tons of messages constantly. This in effect nullifies the purpose of a socnet (social network). You are on a socnet primarily to inform, share, and befriend other people. Other mentally balanced people, that is.

It's the nutjobs, greedy guts, and competitive sleazers who can potentially ruin a socnet or Web 2.0 tool. Some say it has happened at Digg.

But I happen to love the new Digg socnet called Pownce. I can attach files to my messages, so I distribute music mp3s through the Vaspers Pownce page. Click on "Files" in the right sidebar to see all my Str8 Sounds and Camouflage Danse mp3s, but also any files my Friends sent me. Pownce needs to enable grouping Files into sets.

Let's dissect a Twitter Spambot now.


Twitter Forensics:

@gestionale: Gestionale aka SoftShop's Twitter page, twitter.com/gestionale displays these stats:

773 Friends, 1111 updates, and only 12 Followers = spambot. Gestionale aka SoftShop is predatory Twitter spam criminal.


When trolls, spambots, abusers, porn, or other unseemly elements distribute pervasive spam floods, or other hard to manage problems, you face on hard fact: is it time that you migrate to, or create yourself, a new community, new tools?

I call both people and automated programs who flood a recipient or community with unwanted or unsolicited messages, especially when of a commercial or self-promotional nature: "spambots", for the source ultimately resides in some human agent, and the resulting vandalism and time-thievery amounts to the same.

Spambots represent just one attack vector that can be launched against an individual user, company, or online community. We are to bear in mind that since online communities spam everything from religious, pornographic, political, artistic, activist, entertainment, technology, fashion, philosophy, and all human culture.

Thus, online community members have an innate duty to bond, inform, and protect each other. Suggesting good music mp3 links, helping new users navigate and fit in with the other members and the community's digital culture and orientations.

Some communities encourage a slumber party triviality, others seem to lean more to scholarly attitudes and no-nonsense discussion of technology.

Personally, I would like to stick to tech topics, new Web 2.0 tools, emerging developer projects and communities. Personal statements are cool if they're insightful or amusing, but not dry mundane drivel. Put a twist on it, make it more "you".

I would also like to distribute my computer music, past and present, even hot off the Audacity audio editor WAV burner, to technicians who like super experimental rock, techno, and noise concertos.

Thirdly, I seek to make friends, converse with normals as well as advanced beings, form partnerships, gain clients, and provide abundant good information to my fellow community members.

You gravitate toward the group most in tune with your personality and your goals of active community membership, for to be in harmony with the chosen community, one must interact on multiple levels: comments, replies, DM (direct message), private notes, and regular, perhaps hourly, posting of messages (in Pownce we call them "notes").

You may also need to send Bug Warnings, Tutorial Blurts, Usability Alerts, and, in the most extreme case, Migration Bulletins. A typical Migration Bulletin informs members and users of a particular socnet why, when, and where to migrate next.

I am preparing a 140 character Twitter Migration Bulletin, though I'm reluctant to let a spambot force my hand. If this new problem is not solved swiftly, I'm going to abandon Twitter. I hate how harsh and tough guy that sounds. I've seen others say similar things about Pownce. But I've had no problems with Pownce, and prefer it.

But a flooding flow of relentless spambots, sent into all the socnets, would easily, quickly, and permanently destroy them all.

Who, but your pal Vaspers, is exposing this massive vulnerability?

Solution: enable users to Delete any message, not just their own. Let us yank them out, like any other spam, like email and blog comment spam. Give us the power over external input, over the message-stream intrusion tactics of spammers.

Want to kick the ass of Twitter and Pownce? With one solid blow?

Just invent a socnet that:

(1) is buttressed against such attack vectors, and others on the unforeseeable horizons.

(2) enables members to reply to specific messages (as in the Pownce note comment tool, and not just to the other member's most recent message as in Twitter), enable file sharing (Pownce is very fast)

(3) feature mp3 players with all mp3 uploads, players equipped with volume, pause, stop, play, rewind, replay, and download links, for all messages containing mp3s hosted on the socnet server

(4) extensive interactive, comment-enabled Profile pages that allow multi media, so we can define ourselves with PDF, mp3, avi, mov, WAV, doc, xml, and other files and feeds

(5) integrates and aggregates all your other feeds, feedscraping to create new or more specific feeds, to enable personal portal building.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Web 2.0 whistles and bells




At SpyderHost.net, we're now offering some new products that go far beyond a conventional web site. Web 1.0 was mainly sites you looked at or bought things from. Web 2.0 is evolving as highly interactive, multi-media, user participation and collaboration zones.

Web 2.0 means you can add comments to online articles. Watch video clips. Listen to and download music mp3s. Build your own social network for personal or professional purposes. Show your product in action, solving a customer problem.

We are implementing such tools as Twitter micro-blogging, Pownce social filesharing, Ning personal portals, GarageBand mp3 hosting, Jaiku presencing streams, Spock people search, Freebase database driven metaweb, Swicki custom search engines, Pollhost online polls, Flickr photo sharing, Arts Cad art galleries, Tumblr video archiving, del.icio.us social bookmarking, Conduit custom toolbars, and much more.

The buzz is moving. From static web sites to user input zones. From single channel blogs to multi-node socnet hubs and personal presencing stream, status update, file sharing systems.

You don't have to understand all the buzz words or the underlying technology. We'll handle the technical configurations. Our new products will keep you at the tip of the innovation spear.

Evolve your online marketing platforms and take advantage of powerful new promotion and communication tools. Preside over the future with paradigm busting emerging technology!

Your customers want you to lead the way, and let them play with, or conduct business via, these emerging tools. And now it's easy.


Our Web 2.0 Whistles and Bells package offers:


* blogs

* custom toolbars

* custom search engines

* status update/presencing streams

* RSS feeds (automatic site content update distribution)

* chat channels

* Flash animations

* PayPal fund-raising widgets

* social network buzz

* YouTube viral video ads

* audio podcast programs

* email permission marketing newsletters

* music mp3 player embeds

* video player embeds

...and much more.

Advanced online marketing tools are out there, and we know how to use them to boost sales and buzz for your company and products. Why miss all these new opportunities to position yourself as an expert, and your product as the solution?


In upcoming posts here, we'll explain how clients and competitors are using these Web 2.0 tools, and believe me, they can be extremely powerful in accomplishing your marketing strategy and sales goals.

Stay ahead of the online marketing curve.

It's affordable and implementation is quick and easy.

Let's get you "Web 2.0 Compliant" today!

Your customers are sure to be impressed. You might even generate some mainstream media attention. New customers are waiting for you to serve them. Let's start rounding them up. In droves.

Bottom Line Marching Orders: It's not what YOU want, it's what YOUR CUSTOMERS want. You don't have to figure it all out. We've done that for you.


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