Browse Tag: spam

Skype’s marketing

Skype MarketingWhile preparing a replacement laptop I do install a lot of (somewhat) useful software. Most of it is freeware like Skype, which I am going to talk about.

As always I went to Skype’s web site and downloaded the latest version of program. If you still on that arctic expedition and haven’t noticed – Skype has bundled a Firefox plug-in with it’s software. And it’s mandatory. That’s right – you are notified about the plug-in installation only AFTER the install is complete. Pretty neat, eh?

Next surprise – if you launch Firefox after installing Skype, instead of your regular home screen (in my case – the ever-tempting about:blank page) you will see an uninvited Skype page devoted to Firefox plug-in (located here: that still has (as of August 26, 2007) the following passage:

Calling phones within the US and Canada is free until the end of 2006. You need to buy Skype Credit to make international calls.

Gee, do you think we still got time for free calls? Or another version: Earth to Skype – it’s already 2007 halfway gone, damn it.

Twitter, twitter, little star…

Last week I have discovered a new and innovative way people will produce doorways for their black hat SEO techniques. It’s called Twitter and it’s some sort of a guestbook, where posting is available via number of widgets, including direct post from IM. Create a bunch of twitter pages (the only manual part of the process), link them properly (via short posts), post automatically via IM to all hundreds and thousands of them, collect fat checks at the post office/client site.

Easy money 🙂

Spam… in apologetic way

I received this message (sent from some galinagirll at through the contact form on one of our sites. It’s hilarious:

Subject: nice site


hello , you have a very nice site, but Im hired to leave advertising comments on sites, sorry i hate to do it but i have to . If you dont like advertising comments please send me an email with your site address to and I will not write on your site. Sorry for inconvenience.

That’s like if Hitler apologized to the citizens of countries he invaded…