Looks like our own Megan McCarthy was right after all; that spammy-looking email that went out to New York Times users yesterday was ultimately an accidental “reply all.” After first telling users that the email was spam, the Gray Lady hung her head and confessed it was just a mistake. “The New York Times mistakenly sent an e-mail on Wednesday to more than eight million people who had shared their information with the company, erroneously informing them that they had canceled home delivery of the newspaper,” the Times’s own Media Decoder blog reported. Read More
Spam or Not?
Is Tumblr a pageview party, or a can o’ spam? We almost missed this weekend discussion sparked by a post by Croatian blogger Sven Duplić about the percentage of Tumblr users that are spam-o-bots. And we’re not talking about the lovable TumblrBot–we’re talking about that cute girl who has never posted to her blog but seems to love everything you write. “On my blog, the precentage of bot-visitors are, by my judgement, is as high as 2/3,” Mr. Duplić wrote. Read More
Welp, Occupy Wall Street may not be trending on Twitter. But anything reasonably popular on the internet comes to the attention of spammers sooner or later. The official mouthpiece of Occupy Wall Street has just posted a warning that a new website, The Occupy Party, is not affiliated with the movement. Scroll over to http://occupyparty.org/, and it’s a mess of stock images and Google ads around some dubiously-search engine optimized text. Read More