Yes, you’ve heard me.
And it’s a phrase being used on the net more and more often, and with a good reason. Not only are we being spammed via e-mail, but spammers have found other ways to spam us as well. You’ve had spam on IRC for ages too, but it’s not that often you read about IRC in the press.
But recently, you’ve been getting spam over the instant messaging service from Microsoft, MSN. The new trend for spam sent over instant messaging services is called SPIM. But the spam that is really getting on my nerves these days, is blog spam. Over the last few years, blogging has become a widespread phenomenon all over the globe. The usage of blogs has become so widely used, that it has become an influence on politics and the media.
You only need to look back to what happened last year, with Dan Rather from CBS who was fired after having been slightly trigger-happy with announcing a piece of information that turned out to be false. The case was blown wide open by a blogger, that could prove with simple methods that the case documents Dan Rather had based the case on were falsified. But to get back on track, spam!
As I said, lately I’ve been getting an insane amount of so-called comment spam on my blog. This means it’s spam disguised as comments to articles posted on my blog. Of course, all these comments are bogus and contain nothing else than advertisements for online gambling sites.
Ok, I gotta hand it to them. They’ve found an area where it is easy to spam and exploited that weakness for all it’s worth. But for goodness sake, who really likes spam, other than those that gain revenue from them!?
I’m getting fed up with deleting comment spam daily, so today I’ve implemented a solution in the form of a WordPress plug-in to rid my blog of this problem. The plug-in is called Spam-Karma and is written by Dr Dave. So far it seems to be working quite well, and I will have my eyes fixed on what it does and how well it works. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
And to all you spammers:
May you all die a slow and painful death, and roast on an open fire for all eternity. (reference)