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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Update on spam

The matter of ping spam has not gone unnoticed by the father of

  • Dave Winer's Test Site on December 28, 2003. When I originally wrote about this, I only half-heartedly looked to see if Dave had previously addressed it; had I put a little more effort into it, I would have found that, in fact, he did as far back as 2003.
  • Scripting News, today, September 27, 2005: "There is a solution to ping spam, but he's right, it will require more resources than are currently available to services running on a Labor Of Love basis. It's surprising that they're just tuning into the crisis, it's existed for quite some time."

When I first started pinging, almost four years ago, I recall immediately going there to see my blog listed. I loved it.

I'd watch intently as the "high water mark" (I think that's what he called it) would grow over time. It was like was an indication of something, or nothing, going on in the world. Sometimes there would only be seven or eight hundred people blogging during my time frame. Other times, there would be thousands. It was on those occasions I knew something big was going on in the world.

Oftentimes, whether something was going on or not, I would randomly click some of the links listed before and after mine to see what others were blogging. It was a good way to find blogs. Also, I couldn't help but notice that some people were finding my blog the same way.

At some point, I stopped clicking those links. And, eventually, I stopped going there all together. I don't know why. I'd like to think it's not because I lost interest. Maybe I just found other ways to find blogs that were talking about the things I wanted to read. I don't know. I have to think about it. I can't even remember the last time someone wandered in here from

I'm confident, like Dave says, there is a solution. I'm just not into the technical aspects of it. In the meantime, I just "flagged" a blogspot spam blog I found via I'm going to track it to see if and when Google purges it from the system.

Posted by Marie at September 27, 2005 10:43 PM


Apropos of nearly nothing:

First, I want to say that I was alive and listening to AM Top 40 radio (WLS and WCFL) when "19th Nervous Breakdown" was on the charts. In fact, it was my best friend's favorite song, and it was getting played a lot about the same time as "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," by Herman's Hermits; my friend told me that his father expressed frustration with having to hear the song "19 Nervous Henrys."

OK. That's the preamble. But it wasn't until just now that I realized where "Disarranging Mine" and "Still Perfecting Ways" (wonderful titles, both) came from. I'm somewhat thunderstruck. But impressed, too.

Posted by: Dan at September 28, 2005 1:30 AM