Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Google Responds to Splog Issue

Google has publically responded to the current splog issue. Actually they haven't done anything but to make a statement on the problem at hand. Only thing they've done that's different than two days ago is to publish a list of deleted subdomins. Of course that doesn't do anything to prevent or deter splogs. As I read what Google had to say, I can't help but feel unsatisfied with it. Obviously this splog problem has reached some level of critical mass and it was something that they can no longer ignore or sweep it under a rug as they've been doing all this long. I get the impression that this statement was more of a public relations move in trying to show that they understand the scope of the problem. However the words they've used are very wishy-washy and they've failed to convince me that they are taking serious measure to address the problem head on. I quote, "We can also make it more difficult for suspected spammers to create content." This is far different than stating that they are planning to do just that. I think it's long overdue for some real actions on the part of Google to do something. It's pretty clear the Flag as Objectionable button doesn't work and it has failed miserably. Depending on time of day there is just as many splogs in Next Blog ring as before flagging was implemented. Well, it does works great as a placebo but not much else. I think Google's response is yet another placebo to calm people down yet it lacks any real substance for me to be satisfied.

In the mean time I will back up my harsh criticisms of late with whatever I can do to help the situation. I will be submitting thousands of splogs in coming days for Google to delete.


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LinuxLala said...

Nice thing here. But, I cannot believe that almost no one besides me is bothered ablout the recent splurge in comment spam. Almost all the posts you have made so far have at least one comment spam. And yet, there is no word on this from GOOGLE.

I am even more petrified of this because the recent splurge in comment spam has resulted in my spam-fuelled blog on blogger ls-l.blogspot.com to be listed above my current blog when the search term is Shashank Sharma.

This too is a serious issue and should be looked into before the comment spam becomes as much a pain in the er.. ankle as splogs have become.

Shashank Sharma

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Brady Westwater said...

Since no one at GOOGLE will admit or even tell us to what is going on, I have had to talk to other bloggers to find out why I have not been able to post for two days.

Supposedly, blogs with few posts - and I have 300 in one year - but with a lot of links have been shut down without any prior warning by Google. Even Microsoft at its worst has never screwed over its customers this badly.

Now as I write a blog about the media - most of my posts link to the articles I am write about, hence I have a lot of links. But Goggle has now decided to censor my views and no longer allows me to post.

All I get is this:

006 Please contact Blogger Support.blog/46/41/4/lacowboy/index.html

Except - there is no way to contact anyone at blogger support...

Brady Westwater