Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites –

Now this is why people hate SEOs in social media.

The Times hire a SEO firm who have someone throwing loads of their links into social bookmarking sites.

The Times could have just made a profile themselves and been open about it, and they’d have probably got a bunch of friends and people following their best submissions.

Boston Jew and West Bank Muslim Build a Temple, and Bridges, in Arkansas – New York Times

Bill Feldman, left, the president of Temple Shalom in Fayetteville, Ark., with Fadil Bayyari, a general contractor, on the site of a new temple. Mr. Bayyari, a Muslim, is donating his services.

Layer 8: Court fines telemarketer $180,000 for making 46 million irritating calls | Network World

From the page: “A California telemarketing firm has agreed to pay a $180,000 fine to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it made 46 million illegal calls.

The original fine was $3 million all but $180,000 will be suspended based on the defendants’ inability to pay.”

Now that is spam.

Worthless Shady Criminals: A Defense Of SEO – Search Engine Watch (SEW)

This was one of the first posts I remember reading a couple of years ago defending SEO. It’s a shame that people still equate SEO, internet marketing and spam.

To my mind, some SEO can be spam and that is known as Black Hat; some internet marketing is by definition spam, it ends up in your Inbox and one deletes it within seconds of it arriving. However the vast majority of people in those industries are not spamming, they are helping sites get indexed better, they are buying advertising, they are reworking content to “put its best foot forward”.

I find more harm with self righteous mis-tagging posts with “AIDS”, “cunts” and so forth, and that to be more spammy (deceptive) than the posts and some of the users they target.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Rain Power | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Trying to find alternative sources of energy has proven to be an extraordinary feat, allowing us to use everything from sun to the motion of the ocean. But there is still one plentiful source of renewable energy which has so far remained pretty much untapped: rain. Getting energy from falling water droplets might seem like an obvious, `why didn’t I think of that’ idea, but so far no-one has really exploited this plentiful (albeit somewhat unreliable) energy source. Now a team from CEA/Leti-Minatec has created a system that is capable of recovering kinetic energy from the impact of falling raindrops.