7 January 2014

Rap Genius SEO: where did it all go wrong?

  Rap Genius is back on the ranking map! Following a penalty from Google for spammy link building activity which resulted in its disappearance from search results, the popular lyric annotation site seems to have got away with a simple warning. This week, Rap Genius founders publically apologised and recognised they ‘deserved to get smacked’. Having said that, they also …

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15 May 2013

10 top tips for living in harmony with social apps and games

If your Facebook or Twitter feed is anything like mine, yesterday’s announcement that Candy Crush Saga has become the world’s most played game may have inspired a few heated debates about how annoyed people get with “app spam” updates. As somebody who both loves and loathes apps – loving them for their ingenuity and fun, hating them for the crap …

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28 October 2009

Should Twitter moderate trending topics

I have been doing some research into twitter spam recently and came across a very interesting article by @stopthespam. They posted an on-line poll asking the question: Should twitter moderate trending topics to stop it from being spammed? The poll received 117 votes of which 76% responded in favour of Twitter moderation. Although the results are from a very small …

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7 July 2009

How is Twitter coping with trend spam?

The problem of “trend spam” has been raising it’s ugly head more and more lately. For those of you who aren’t as geeky about Twitter as I am, here’s what trend spam is in a nutshell: Twitter’s trending topics list is a top 10 list of things people are discussing on Twitter at any one time, ranked according to activity. Until very recently it didn’t raise a lot of people’s ire, and served as quite a useful way of not only picking up on global events (Michael Jackson’s death was probably revealed to a lot of people via the trends, for instance) but also a great way for some of the comedy elements of Twitter to spread and grow.

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