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Spam, Spam, Spam, Eggs, Sausage and Spam

Posted in Technology by Andy Hall on April 12, 2012

The other day Michael Lynch made a note of how much spam he gets through the comments section of his blog. My experience is much the same; most of the spam gets weeded out automatically and I never see it, but a few slip through every day that I delete manually. You can pretty much tell them at a glance, because they (1) never refer specifically to anything in the post, and (2) always include at least one link to whatever product or service they’re advertising. Here’s a representative sampling — sans links — of spam I’ve gotten in the last few days:

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And my personal favorite:

are you sick of possums?

I honestly cannot say I’m sick of possums, although they’re not a special problem here in town. (I was surprised one evening a couple of months ago to find one poking around on my front porch, though.) Anyone care to guess which of these originally included a link to a catalog for what used to be euphemistically referred to as “marital aid devices”?

No, it’s not the possum one.



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  1. Jim Schmidt said, on April 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Andy – very funny diversion from the usual! Thanks for sharing! I get my share and have some classics also…many of them “medical related” owing to the subject of my blog. Lately I haven;t been bothered so much by spam as by folks sending me e-mails asking to do guest posts on the blog and barely-related topics…and if you don’t answer they write again. I think these people are reading too many “guerilla marketing” books.

    Keep up the great work – it was great to see and hear you at the Museum a couple weeks ago.

  2. marcferguson said, on April 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Andy,
    I have the same problem. Also, I have a Google Sites web page I use for my courses, and one of the links I have there is to an article I wrote a few year ago for an on-line journal. The link now goes to a site selling medication for erectile dysfunction. This, I am sure, is quite confusing for anyone expecting to see a scholarly article. I don’t know what to make of this. I wonder if it is someone pirating the link, or Google playing games and selling links to these spammers. I wonder if anyone else has encountered this problem? To compound the problem, I have been unable to sign into my Google account in order to change the link back. Ever have this problem?


    • Andy Hall said, on April 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

      I haven’t worked with Google sites. Google is invaluable for some things, but I try to limit interweaving my online presence with them (or any other individual provider) to the extent that I can.

  3. corkingiron said, on April 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I have been using “I am sick of possums” regularly since you posted this. It just seems to work in so many circumstances. I don’t even want to know what it was for! In my imagination, some backyard inventor has patented something called “PossumBGone” – and God help me, I hope he succeeds.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I saw that, thanks. Now if we can just get Hillary to text about it. . . .

  4. Keith Harris said, on April 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I like possums…why would I want to do them harm? But really – spam is so easily recogizable to anyone even half paying attention. Could this form of blanket-bombing marketing possibly work?

  5. Keith Harris said, on April 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh – and Andy…I would just like to add:

    Superb publish, however, I had been eager to know when you could produce a litte more on this issue? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a bit bit much more. Thanks!


    • Andy Hall said, on April 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      When anyone notifies me they’ve back discomfort-It’s my position to declare that they look for a superior good quality chiropractic treatment professional. They may be feeling better quickly!

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