Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lovely spam, wonderful twam. Or is it spitter?

Months back I made a little post on blog comment spamming and ‘splogging’ in relation to World of Warcraft gold sellers. I was now reading up on the way that twitter's social network is also creaking under the weight of spam. One of the ways to twam/spitter (apparantly, the jury still hasn't decided on that one) remains to create random twitterbots to start spamming the twittersphere using popular hash tags related to the product or service you want to sell.

So I decided to search for #wow and #warcraft on twitter. And lo and behold, waves upon waves of gold seller and power leveling spam.

In China alone, an estimated 500.000 to 1.000.000 people are currently at work as gold farmers/traders, making billions of dollars a year. With such an industry behind it, spam for MMORPGs like World of Warcraft isn't going anywhere soon. And it will keep tracking down its target audience anywhere it can.

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