What’s to stop people from spamming Feedster and other blog search engines? At what point does a blog entry cease to become “real” and crosses the line into shilling for a product or company?
I found this today. While searching for a particular term over at Feedster, I found several “blog entries” that were nothing but thinly veiled advertisements. They had the veneer of independent thought, but as you read them, it was obvious that they were pitching one thing or another. So these people essentially spammed Feedster.
And where is the line? On this site, we’ve talked glowingly about EditPlus, PowerGrep, PHPRunner, Image Genius, and lots of books, but they were honest representations of how we thought. And we stood to gain nothing by posting them.
Is that the litmus test? If you stand to gain nothing, then it’s okay? But if you have a financial interest, then it’s not okay?
We tend to look at the “blogosphere” as this pure environment, but it’s bound to get crapped up by spam sooner or later. It’s already happened for penis enlargement. Everything is bound to follow.