GenieKnows: Upping the Scum Level

11 Dec
2008

Many readers here at my blog found me through my prodigious commenting on other blogs. And dare I say it, most of my comments contribute directly to the topic at hand, with little self promotion.

So the other day I came across what looked like a mostly useless comment by GenieKnows on Mike’s blog post on Google Maps Re-design. The comment itself was a cross between useless and retarded. I didn’t pay it any other thought as the poster’s name (Drew) was not linked.

That is until I was chatting with Mike on IM and he pointed out that the smiley face was in fact a link! The little spammers, having found out Mike’s blog was do-follow, were trying to impregnate a link through the use of a smiley. I encouraged Mike to call them out, but he was far too nice for that.

Thankfully I am not. Yesterday the idiots hit my blog with a near identical comment like that, complete with their hidden link in the smiley.

So congratulations on acting like utter jackasses.

15 Responses to GenieKnows: Upping the Scum Level

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mike

December 11th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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Drew

December 11th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Wow go cry in your soup, I posted a smiley being friendly and put a link in it – and you have a hissy fit? lol, I don’t recall posting on your blog mate.

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Ahmed

December 11th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Your statement of not remembering posting here only further incriminates your ‘spam comment every where I possibly can’ approach :)

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Drew

December 11th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

What makes me laugh, is how wound up you got haha you actually made the time to write a blog post? I don’t see what your beef is Ahmed, but each to their own ;)

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Drew

December 11th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I bet now you’re checking all my smilies lmao :D

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Hany

December 12th, 2008 at 12:46 am

Truly despicable.

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emad

December 12th, 2008 at 9:27 am

Better watch out or Oleg will come after you for profiting from the emoticon:

http://venturebeat.com/2008/12/12/russian-businessman-promises-not-to-sue-you-for-violating-his-patent/

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Ahmed

December 12th, 2008 at 9:56 am

Hah – that is absolutely crazy Emad :)

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Andre Marcelo-Tanner

December 12th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

sounds like the company is run by children.

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Drew

December 12th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Why don’t you lot get a room together and whine about it. What a bunch of geeks. Take it none of you lot have girlfriends :D

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Dave

December 12th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

“Take it none of you lot have girlfriends”
Nope- my wife won’t allow me to have any.

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Andre Marcelo-Tanner

December 12th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Those comments really show what kind of company GenieKnows is…

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Ask Bjørn Hansen

December 13th, 2008 at 8:05 am

According to compete.com then genieknows is barely getting any traffic, so I guess they’re a tad desperate to try to do just about anything. :-)

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mike

December 19th, 2008 at 11:39 am

They’re not the only ones using questionable methods…so is dex and local.com (see comments):

http://www.naturalsearchblog.com/archives/2008/10/03/yellow-pages-blog-payola/

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