From my mailbox: Comments that are more thoughtful than most comments from human readers
I just had some fun delving into the dark underbelly of the blogging world, thanks to this email that showed up in my mailbox:
My name is Jason Thompson and today is the official release of my latest software creation, known as Blog Commentator. I like to check the latest tech news at your site, and we share some of the same tastes, so I thought you might like what I’m doing.
Blog Commentator is a revolutionary new software that allows webmasters to automate the promotion of their sites by commenting on relevant blog entries. It is revolutionary because it can leave “human-like” comments (assuring that they aren’t deleted) on auto-pilot.
Really – these auto-generated comments are more thoughtful than most comments from human readers!
It is a welcome change amongst the numerous comment spamming services, and if you want to see more, the website is (redacted
Thanks for your time,
At first I was convinced that this was only an early April fool’s joke, after all, it reads like badly written press release material and this line is pretty funny: “These auto-generated comments are more thoughtful than most comments from human readers!”
I have seen my share of idiotic comments here and elsewhere, but it prompted me to take a dive into the world of the blogosphere I have probably naively ignored for too long. What I found was the promised automatic commenting software, bad sales pitches, fake testimonials, a bot for StumbleUpon (is your website hungry for visitors), and a world where spam is a good world and everything seems to cost $97 for some reason.
I feel dirty now just for looking at this. There is so much more I could say about this stuff…