The Joy of SPAM!

Spam is never a good thing. There are spam blocking tools and plugins, but the good ones can cost as much as $50 per month, meaning if you are a social media director, content manager, consultant, intern, etc., and cannot yet charge that for an hour, you will be sorting through plenty of spam by hand.

When you manage a website it can be a hassle, eating up maybe an hour of your time per month, for some, probably more as they are forced to sort through dozens of alleged comments every day from people writing in agrammatical, broken English things like, “So Great! I need some infos in this post for my rapport de stage. Can i have your contact please?” Fortunately these are easy to spot and can be deleted quickly, especially if they link to a site that sells Ukrainian prescription drugs over the internet. But what do you do when you get a comment like this?

“Great post! I’m just starting out in community management/marketing media and trying to learn how to do it well – resources like this article are incredibly useful. As our company is based in the US, it?s all a little bit new to us. The example above is something that I be concerned about as well, how to show your personal genuine enthusiasm and write about the fact that your item is helpful in that situation.”

No the English isn’t perfect, but perhaps the man who wrote it chubby-fingered a key or two on his BlackBerry, or wrote it while waiting for a train in a hurry, or, as Rich recently wrote on his Facebook page when someone pointed out a run-on in one of his comments, he “didn’t know the grammar police were out [that day].” Maybe the person who wrote it really is new to America and views us as a valuable resource and is truly reaching out to us. His English is better than that of most Nigerian princes who are willing to give you a fraction of the $12 million they need to store in an American bank account until certain troubles blow over at home! But, then again, he left this comment on a blog post announcing we have a new website. How that article is helping him learn to do business better in the US, I do not know. Therefore, it was “Move[d] to Trash.”

Yes, it takes a bit of a trained eye to do this task, not a very trained one, but a trained one nonetheless. And when you’ve been doing it long enough, there are little joys you have to appreciate. What are they? The very obvious Spam comments! Here are a few that we hope bring you as much pleasure as they brought us, with their original grammar intact, and added commentary from your friendly, neighborhood social media director.

“I knew I had been correct. My friend and I placed a bet about which web site was superior. I believed your webpage was much better created, but she believed this post on trendy style suggestions was much much better. We rounded up 5 family memebers who experienced not observed either web site prior to to study them each more than. Majority chose your internet site. Thanks for maintaing an excellent website.” We at Randolph Sterling are proud of this honor. We are glad to help people win bets when we can through the quality of our website, and are happy to know that at least three of this person’s “5 family memebers who experienced not observed either web site prior to to study them each more than,” liked us better than the site on “trendy style suggestions.”

“Why have you deleted my comment? It is in fact useful unlike a lot of the comments posted here… I am going to post it again please dont get rid of it as some individuals will find it really useful. Hey guys i would like to tell you about this great system i’ve been using over the last two months called ****. This is probably mainly for the website administrator and also any one else intrested in making money or beginning to publish blogs. Personally, i made approximately $3000 because of this in my first month. It basically is a system that generates blogs for yourself 100% automatically that gets you plenty of visitors to your site directly from google along with other search engines. Don’t take my word for it… Check their website out and i guarantee they will hook you in. Its just amazing!” Odd that he is accusing us of deleting a comment we never approved, but we appreciate is moxy.

“With all the doggone snow we have had lately I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do.” This was written from someone in Pennsylvania…this past July. Need we say more?



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