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Google+ and Spam

  1. sabrebIade profile image86
    sabrebIadeposted 3 years ago

    Here's a question.....
    I'm on Google + and almost every post I see is from major accounts (Ford, Mashable, Huffington Post etc) and all of them are about articles on their site.
    "SEE the new Ford Mustang!"
    "The Latest iPod!"
    "New article on Huff Post....How Obama will kill us all/save us all!"
    These are posts that are usually a paragraph from the article (that dont trip any duplicate filters) and links to their own sites promoting their own products, articles yet....they... are... not...Spam....?
    But if you post a link to your Hub with a link to your article.....it's suddenly Spam?
    You're trying to game the system?
    I'm just wondering what the difference is.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Ford & the other commercial sites are paying for those placements, I'm guessing.  They pay G so much for a drive-by view & more if there's a click.  In contrast, we are just pushing our own work & not giving G any money (in fact, we are diverting it if someone clicks on a hub rather than sticking around to watch Ford & Mashable roll by). 

      Have you noticed how FB has added ads to our news feeds? I get about one ad for every 3-4 feed updates. This is in addition to the ads on the side of the page.  And now they're going to 'enhance' our user experiences even more, they say. Lord knows what that will be - I'm sure FB's definition of a good user experience is different from mine.

      1. Nicole Winter profile image61
        Nicole Winterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        *laugh* Marcy, I agree, I'm guessing that our idea of a good user experience vastly differs from that of what FB wants to give us.

        It's true.  Google gets big bucks in advertising from those companies, FB does, too.  Recently, I've noticed when I post just about anything with a link on FB, they have a pop-up that asks me to assure them I'm not spam.

        And yet, every time I read the comments section just about anywhere (be it Gawker, or whatever,) there's tons of comments with links to their spammy-mc-spammersons sites.

        I think the best bet is to update your Google+ ... Facebook ... wherever you post your links one at a time and slowly but surely.  If you're writing & publishing every day this will be, obviously more difficult.

    2. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That, and people following those brands expecting to hear from brands.

      People opt into those updates. They *expect* to get article updates.

      When I follow a person on a social network, I have different expectations. I expect them to interact, be genuine, and not have a business agenda. When I see people promoting themselves excessively, I can no longer respect them.  Yes, that's just my personal reaction, but it is one that many others have as well.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image92
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Simone - I agree that spamming 'friends' is abusive & I've I followed, unfriended and even banned some spammers (in partucular, a person who writes poetry and posted about five a day, over and over, after the September Panda update).

        But the ads I see on my FB feed are not companies I follow or have 'liked,' they're just plain ads. There's some tag that says FB is suggesting them or something.  Wonder what FB would say if I sent some suggestions about their invasive behaviors and their constant efforts to share all my contacts with the entire world?