Monday, May 28th, 2007...10:11 am
You Might Be A Spammer And Not Even Know It
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As you may have noticed Technorati is currently showing zero fans/favourites for all blogs. In all likelihood it’s a minor glitch but Amit Agarwal from Digital Inspiration has a different take on the situation.
This is what he had to say:
Big brother Technorati has finally stepped in to prevent spammers from increasing their Technorati Favorites Rank by artificial methods - i.e. people who participate in schemes like “I favorite your blog, you favorite mine.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the Technorati Favourites meme, it was designed as an experiment to measure the value of the Technorati Favourites list in terms of pure traffic. However its scope quickly grew larger, evolving into a reciprocal favouriting exercise which stirred much controversy and prompted Maki from Dosh Dosh to post a detailed response to the criticism.
Now I didn’t directly take part in the meme, but I know quite a few bloggers who did and regardless of whether you agree with the practice or not, to categorize them as spammers is condescending, arrogant, and not to mention patently false.
n. Unsolicited e-mail, often of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups; junk e-mail.
I don’t doubt Amit must know the correct definition of spam yet he still decided to use the term to negatively label a large portion of the blogging community. I can only wager a guess as to why.
- He doesn’t completely understand what spam is.
- He has taken it upon himself to redefine the meaning of spam.
- He simply wanted to insult the people who took part in the meme.
My money is with number 3.
You call yourself a professional blogger Amit. Why don’t you start acting like one?