August 23, 2005

Notes on Spam

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 23, 2005 6:10 PM

1. What kind of comment spammer only posts links to Google? Someone was seriously posting these all over some recent threads this morning. Testing out new spamming software maybe? I'm mystified.

2. Even my UC Berkeley spam is now advertising Texas Hold 'em. Next they'll be trying to sell me herbal viagra.

3. I worry about the search engine traffic I'm going to get once Google indexes this post.

Tags: Internet, UC Berkeley

You can always use the 'miserable failure' trick. Google likes links. (And the original Brin-Page paper is very readable, by the way. If you ever teach a linear algebra class, this is a very nice topic to cover that the students find interesting.)

Posted by: Mason | August 23, 2005 9:11 PM

I loaded Texas Hold 'Em software on to my BlackBerry so that I can play it wherever I go.

Posted by: Dad | August 24, 2005 11:07 AM

Another disturbing thing about this thread is the way my spammers could post here and be on topic.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | August 24, 2005 12:10 PM

That's kind of like Mass Man asking his usual question and the fact that it was good by accident. I'll spare the longer context of this story, but I remember The Tech advisor (a Caltech PR person---I forget his precise job description) telling us about his reaction when this happened at a public lecture on campus. (He said something along the lines that people shouldn't encourage him into thinking his questions were legitimate.)

Posted by: Mason | August 24, 2005 5:34 PM
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