Saturday, August 13, 2011
Watch out for the Blogger Shark
My article on the shark (8/13/11)now needs to be updated. This voracious little animal comes in a blue box. I have scrambled the brand name on this picture since I don't want to give the people that are marketing it any publicity at all.
The machine was designed to trawl among Facebook users. I have a hunch that it has been re-born and repurposed by Spammers to trawl Blogger sites. I have spent a good deal of time over the past few weeks deleting mysterious comments from anonymous people. They seem to love my articles, they love my site, they think I should enter KOTL in some kind of beauty contest for the best sites on the internet. And they hope we can enjoy their sites, which all seem to promise instant riches. And they leave behind a link to their sites. I know that they have never read my stuff. It's a robot that I think is working the "next blog" link on Blogger sites. It opens a ew site probably every couple of seconds, plants a comment, plants a link, and then goes on. Anything that is really popular attracts the wrong element, and now it seems that all of us using Facebook and Blogger and other social media sites are vulnerable to all kinds of marketing gimmicks. The second you "friend" anyone that you don't know really well, you might be in trouble. I confess to friending people in the past without thinking about it very much. A young and beautiful face wants to be this old guy's friend. Sure. But who is she? A honeytrap for the new age.
So if the option to comment on articles, dries up. Blame the robot. Last fall I had four emails from the blue box guy in my in-box. Let's call him Denny. I listened to what purports to be his warm and convincing voice as he guides me through a demo tape on how his software works. He wanted to help me increase the number of hits on my blog, he wants to help me to get rich off of Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and all the other social networks. The picture on his website shows a young handsome guy standing in front of a swimming pool. He has addresses in Miami and Nevis; he might be wanted for something and he might not. He has 79 domain names going. Read the old article by clicking here.