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Submission + - SPAM: The Real Life Game for Introverts

rinkjustice writes: "Rejection Therapy is a real life game with one rule: to be rejected by someone every single day, for 30 days consecutive. It's designed to help introverts and those with social anxiety disorders get out of their comfort zone more. There are even suggestion cards available for "rejection attempts" (although they are not essential to the game)."
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Spammers Moving To Disposable Domains 147

Trailrunner7 writes "Spammers and the botnet operators they're allied with are continuing to adapt their techniques to evade security technologies, and now are using what amount to disposable domains for their activities. A new report shows that the spammers are buying dozens of domains at a time and moving from one to another as often as several times a day to prevent shutdowns. New research shows that the amount of time that a spammer uses a given domain is basically a day or less. The company looked at 60 days worth of data from their customers and found that more than 70 percent of the domains used by spammers are active for a day or less."

Comment Scott Monty: The new face of Ford? (Score 1) 186

It would seem the credit crisis and subsequent economic downturn have stripped the last vestiges of hype and glitz from Ford's image. They're now engaging brand fans and prospective buyers in a very dressed-down, straight forward way (headed by the likable companyman Scott Monty). Social media is a perfect way to do it, and they've got the demeanor down-pat.

Will it result in more sales? Probably. The more consumer touchpoints you have, the more opportunities you'll have to listen to the customer and pitch to them.

Comment The first rule of Magpie: Don't talk about Magpie! (Score 3, Insightful) 134

Personally, I don't care if my followers pitch me now and then, but

a) mix it up. make the ratio one advert per 10 quality, humanistic, value-oriented tweets

b) be transparent. Some of those magpie ads in the article were a little misleading I thought.

b) be clever about it. I've never felt even remotely interested in any paid tweet because they're so crappy, or reduntant, or irrelevant.

I have personally used magpie for advertising, and with success. It's not as potent as pay-per-click (ala Adwords) because the intent to purchase typically isn't there. That's why marketing on Facebook is such a lame idea. Brands are only getting inbetween conversations with loved ones. Not cool.

Twitter has the advantage of having real-time search, so intent can be captured as it's happening.

You definitely can use contextual marketing on twitter and still look at yourself in the mirror each morning. You just gotta know how.

Comment Re:I've seen the future of Search, and it's name i (Score 2, Interesting) 115

Clever idea. But it's not Twitter.

While there are many mimickers on the scene (Plurk and Yapp come immediately to mind), Twitter seems to have reached critical mass - the Bandwagon effect so to speak. Everyone is on it, and if you're not, you're a crusty, cantankerous old person (no matter what age you really are). Big brands and small businesses are leveraging Twitter as a cost effective social media tool. News media like CNN are amassing huge followings. Pre-teens are on it. It has a more dynamic interface than instant messengers as well (heck, Facebook copied it).

And of course, the Twitter API is open source, so you're seeing funky new apps, hacks and features appear every day.

Google is king of search, but Twitter owns realtime search, and that's where the future is headed. It's what people want.

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