Targeted Spam

There should be some name for spam blog comments are actually relevant to the entry to which they respond. Might we someday reach a point when spam becomes so relevant that we actually like it?



  1. weakish Aug 31

    Very interesting thoughts. :) Maybe one day there will be a robot making spam blog posts and it will become popular.

  2. Nick Aug 31


  3. adam Aug 31

    Re: bacn. An explanation. That’s almost it, although bacn is apparently more like “solicited” spam (vs. unsolicited), whereas I’m thinking about unsolicited spam that is actually something you want to read.

    Apparently I missed the bacn meme when it first emerged a few weeks ago.

  4. Chris Cunningham Sep 1

    There’s no difference between pertinent spam and real advertising. Almost all invasive marketing is “spam” to some degree. While I’ve never bought Viagra on a whim based on junk mail, I’ve certainly bought albums by the odd band whose street team have spammed a forum I was on. It’s all relative. I’m sure there are a few people with erectile dysfunction who thank their lucky stars for spam.

    – Chris

  5. Russell Coker Sep 2

    Writing comments that are on-topic in order to promote products is a common practice. Sites that offer advice on Internet marketting often suggest doing such things.

    If the comment is on topic then why not? Does the motivation of the commenter (to contribute to the community, to rebut a bad idea, or to promote their own web site) affect the value of the comment?

  6. adam Sep 2

    I think I would distinguish between humans going out and promoting relevant links (commercial or non) and agents/robots identifying relevant content and posting such links. The former seems to me a fair practice — the latter, I think the jury is still out.

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