Posts Tagged: boing boing

The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended

The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic. SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads.

They now spend their lives on the run, Google nipping at their heels. Their biggest project? Removing all the spam links on websites like this one—the spam links that they put there.

In early 2011, Google issued an update to its search algorithm—they called it "Panda"—that elevated social media and news sites. Sites both big and small, usually spammy and sometimes not, saw [...]


Big Website Used To Be So Awesome But Totally Sucks Now, Say Cool Dudes

Today designer and illustrator Frank Chimero decides that Boing Boing sucks now, in implied form, by way of an "oh-so-shocked" list of that site's recent headlines. ("HOWTO make a motorcycle out of cigarette lighters"! "Insects made of human hair"!) Efficiency expert and consultant Merlin Mann chimes in: "I’m the last person to begrudge a talented person his success. But, it’s hard not to begrudge the deliberate perversion of that person’s talent in the service of gavaging a profitable but pathologically undemanding audience." He closes with an editorial observation on Boing Boing: "Yuck." He also makes the classic observation: "I haven’t deliberately visited the site in question in [...]


Why Boing Boing Works

Awl pal Rob Walker takes a look at "one of the most popular blogs on the planet." (Spoiler: It's Boing Boing.) "Boing Boing's longevity hasn't happened despite its refusal to get serious, but because of it," he argues. This is a good one to print and read at leisure.