Did you know that if you look up “Spam” on Wikipedia, the first entry that will come up is about the evil pink stuff that comes in a can? Mind you, there is also an entry for “electronic” spam and an entire entry for disambiguation listing no fewer than 10 entries for the word, including a Weird Al song, another song by Save Ferris and a Monty Python sketch (all about the meat product). Who knew?
I’ve been running this blog (sometimes more successfully than others) and had my fingers in enough other places in the blogosphere that I’ve seen my fair share of spammy comments and messages. Most of them are fairly short and full of really bad English.
Today, (electronic) Spam has reached new heights… or would that be lows?
Sitting there in my spammy comments pile was a message that was so long I actually copied and pasted it to do a word count, just out of curiosity.
The verdict? 2,516. Holy shit.
And it included phrases like, “I am gonna watch out for brussels” and “perhaps you can write next articles regarding this article” and “We’re a bunch of volunteers starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to paintings on.”
Other fun phrases like, “you hit the nail on the highest” and the incredibly confusing “Sick no doubt come more earlier once more since precisely the same just about a lot frequently inside case you shield this hike” pepper the entry.
And it goes on.
Of course, it’s a typical spam entry, with a site linked, naturally. I won’t link them here, but suffice to say if you stick a 1 and an 800 in front of the words cheap and tools followed by a dot com, you’d find the charming culprit. Or at least, the link that was supposed to be made.
I’m always surprised that there are still people out there trying to use this method to boost their search engine rankings.
Yikes folks! Wake up and smell the virtual java! This shit has gone the way of the dodo bird!