On another one of my sites, celebrating the coming soon of my first son, I wanted to add a twitter update on the side bar, not unlike the one I use here on Tek-Works.com, but since it’s mostly family and they’d have no idea how to use Twitter. I wanted a wordpress twitter plugin that allowed them to reply to my tweets and it would show on the site but also send to my twitter on my phone. After alot of searching, I found one plugin that worked like this. The downside is that it used your username and password to send those tweets and others were complaining of Spammers hitting it over and over. The owner did add a moderation to it, but this function wouldn’t allow me to easily moderate from my phone and it wouldn’t be hands off. I still like the idea but I can’t think of a way around the spammers.
This got me thinking about other things spammers have ruined, the big one that everyone could guess is Email, no need to get into that one. One thing that you may not know is bandwidth, Spammers will hack a site or even create paid for or free hosting services and setup a bot. This bot will instantly start to send out millions of email, many times the hosting company will be monitoring this and catch it, but then not only is your and the worlds connection just a bit slower but now your account is shut down or site deleted to stop the bot. Take that and multiply it time thousands, you start to see the problem, you also see why Spammers make money, from a recent study: from http://tinyurl.com/56uhl4
“After 26 days, and almost 350 million email messages, only 28 sales resulted,” says the research paper.
Yet even with this apparently abysmal response rate of less than 0.00001 per cent, the researchers still estimate that the controllers of a network the size of Storm are still bringing in about $7,000 (£4,430) a day or $3.5m (£2.21m) over a year.
Spammers also ruin blogs, even with many anti-spam tools, spammers still get a post or 2 on many sites, if you take the time you have to read through the spam, monitoring your own site and the time it took the programmers to create the anti-spam tool, Spammers also are stealing our time. Next time you get an email asking you to buy something, even if it’s the coolest thing in the world, don’t buy it from them, do a Google search and buy it from a real company. If we can stop that 0.00001% of buyers maybe we can starve the Spammers out of business (yeah right!)