November 26, 2006

Man, I'm sick of this shit...

by Chris Randall

Sorry for the lapse in posting, but this was a four-day holiday weekend in the U.S., which mainly means an excuse to sit and play WoW for hours on end. However, it's back to the grindstone now.

Which brings me to the subject at hand. At least once a day, if not several times, I get something like this in my email (truthfully, it usually gets caught by my spam filter, so I have to look for it in Junk...):

Hi ,

We've visited your web site and felt wondered with you good contents. We'd be very appreciated if you'd consider to reciprocate a link with

Please let us know if you've already instated the link to our site so that we'll do the same. Or if you'd like to see your link from our site first, please send us your link details: Title, Url, Description. Such as: etc. etc. etc. blah, blah, blah...

While the engrish on is entertaining for a minute, and while they very well may be "Nunber One Of Music Zone" [sic], why the fuck do they exist? Obviously, it's one of the many front-ends for Google Ads, but are these sites still able to generate enough money to make their creation worthwhile? I would think that most anyone would know them for what they are almost immediately: an essentially content-free link factory that is ultimately a waste of time, for both advertisers and users.

Google, control your fucking brand already. In some ways, you're the best thing to happen to the internet. In other glaringly obvious ways, you're like that relative that always shows up at the holidays and embarasses the rest of your family.



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Nov.27.2006 @ 12:14 PM
On the subject of WoW and poor people in China...
I saw an article recently about how "gold farming" had become a 1 billion dollar industry in China with these sort of sweatshop/LANparties full of people killing the same monster over and over again.

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