Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crowdsourcing: Invisible Links, SPAM and Twitter

Really interesting story from Will Richardson. I was unaware of spammers leaving invisible links on a hacked website. Even more a mystery to me would be how to fix the problem and resolve the issue. This story is a great example of the power of live communities such as Twitter. Richardson shared his troubles on Twitter and the community responded with a diagnosis and a resolution. Click on the link to read about the dead deer. Weblogg-ed » Of Dead Deer and Dead Blogs and Live Communities
my blog got hacked by some Cialis spammer who left invisible links in a post from a couple of weeks ago, which led to it being delisted by Google, which led to an upgrade and server transfer at edublogs (my host) which hit a couple of snags and left me blogless for a couple of days. (The shakes are just now abating.)

Shortly after I realized my blog was in Google hell, I Tweeted out its demise. Within a few minutes, Tim Lauer had diagnosed the problem, sending screen shots of the wonderful Cialis ads that came up on a Google search of my blog and later scouring my source code to find the offending post. Soon after, Steve Dembo, who was having the same problem, Tweeted a link to the “claim your blog” function in Google to get the relisting process started. (Steve’s is back in the Google database…mine, notsomuch, and they’re saying up to three weeks. Ugh.) Then, after my whole blog went down on Sunday to finally come back this morning, I got an e-mail from Lennie Symes, a total blog stranger, letting me know that my RSS feed wasn’t working properly. Got that squared away now too. And, I can’t not mention the efforts of Dean Shareski, he of too much time on his hands, who created a blog update status page to chronicle the event. Nice.

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