RSS Spam Cometh?

20 thoughts on “RSS Spam Cometh?”

  1. I first started to notice spam via RSS back in January of this year:

    http://www.hyku.com/blog/archives/000239.html

    My post ended up starting a conversation with Bob Wyman of PubSub, he shared his thoughts in what they are doing:

    http://hyku.com/blog/archives/000251.html

    There are now some Technorati/Feedster searches that produce 86% spam on the first page alone:

    http://hyku.com/blog/archives/000497.html

    A few of the PubSub searches I monitor are now useless since the majority of the results are spam. Now comes the fun of Tag spam:

    http://hyku.com/blog/archives/000653.html

    Sorry for all the links, but it’s something I have been following for a while.

  2. Om,

    Technorati has a whole group of people who are dedicated to identifying and eliminating spam from our indexes, both algorithmically, heuristically, and at last resort, via human means. We’ve been working with the industry on fighting spam, and organized the first web 2.0 spam squashing summit.

    Things are still early, and will take some time to shake out. However, I like to rely on what my friend Cory Doctorow said: “All healthy ecosystems have parasites.” So the question is not, “will there be spam?” but only, “will this be managable, or will this be the red tide of spam that overtakes the industry?” I for one believe that the former is true. But to be perfectly honest, only time will tell.

    Dave

  3. RSS spam isn’t new, but it certainly seems to be growing. And will it overtake the industry? Yeah. Web based search engines have been fighting spam for nearly 10 years now. The constantly have had to evolve their defense. Link analysis is just now giving over to personalized search as a way to prevent this. RSS search engines I’ve used often demonstrate bad textual-retrieval relevancy to begin with. Then add to that spam, they’ve got a long slog ahead of them. Making matters worse, the fact that several of them work off of taking whatever is fed to them, rather than trying to only include the “best,” leaves them even more open to being spammed.

  4. You could use my FooBar Search Alerts (http://www.ypjain.com/notify) to monitor specific sites or RSS/Atom feeds for certain keywords or queries. It doesnt monitor the entire web (like Technorati and the like). It just monitors any page or feed that you want it to and will send you links to actual entries if it finds them in the feed.

  5. Om, that is an issue, and will continue to be an issue as RSS develops and evolves.

    But, we at Nooked also realize that people DO want RSS feeds for marketing, for coupons, for deals, and that is what we are working on with marketing firms: how to do RSS in a smart way that doesn’t devolve into SPAM

    We also have a search engine for RSS feeds on offers, news, deals and coupons which is SPAM proof due to the community filtering we use

    regards
    fergus

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