The Big Steal in MyBlogLog!
Friday, January 19, 2007
This post is a series of MyBlogLog and Quest of building community. In my last story when I was working to collect what is ethical or not, I wanted to do a bit more study over here, and things are lot worse than I thought. Leave unethical, or not so ethical community building ethics, most guys are stealing good amount of traffic from much deserved by faking their popularity.
Today, I decided to take a stroll today across the other communities that are a part of this fame. What I encountered not put me into thought. A few but a notable amount of communities were joined by men in black or lets say men in disguise who do not wish you to see their face.
People joining and not putting their avatar is fine, but when half of the community members look the same I checked their profile page. I was amazed to find that these members just joined one community the day they joined and never logged in again. The point is they even do not author a blog. That might be a co-incidence you would say. I thought the same at first.
On some further research I found this trend was evenly spread over time. Having 5 to 10 such community members is still digestible but will somebody tell why everybody without blogs and pictures of themselves joining the same community and never returning back to check their account? Again a few can be taken for granted but when everybody appears to be the same what will you say? Is it not spam, when people create fake IDs and join their own community?
Just imagine if I with my friends with different e mail id create different profiles and join our own website. Vroom! if I put my brains appropriately, I can expect near about 200 community members within 15 days. With the present why should I exaggerate things, with a descent blog I have, even if I call my friends and email my friends, tell all of them to join my community with different accounts. If I want to play it really silent I can easily put any email address, as email confirmation is not required, can create any number of profiles I want and this will get my Blog into top 50 blogs quite easily.
Now that Yahoo gets into the scene and the popularity MyBlogLog is receiving spamming will take a big form. People who believe in ethics and deserve the traffic may not get a chance at all. No method is fool proof for spammers but a check can be kept and should be kept. Verifying email addresses while sign ups, would certainly help.
Digg and Netscape are so well equipped to tackle the above mentioned fake identities, for which MyBlogLog is still not equipped. A stern step is still to be taken and it is yet to be made a secure place. Any suggessstions to the moderators of MyBlogLog to make it a better place?
I would be concentrating on more of social media and best ways to get benefited from it. Keep coming, it is going to be great.
Happy Ethical Blogging,
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