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Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team and an engineer who's been working on the problem for eight years, offered some tips about combating it during a speech at the Web 2.0 Expo here.
• Use captcha systems to make sure real people, not bots, are commenting on your site.
• Reconfigure software settings after you've installed it
• Employ systems that rank people by trust and reputation.
• Don't be afraid of legitimate purveyors of search-engine optimization services.
Are you tired of reading banal BS on Twitter?
Or maybe, just maybe, does it scare you that so many people Twitter the most personal things?
Well it scares Tycho too. And today's Penny Arcade tackles the topic of Twittering when it goes a little too far.
Warning: Language is not for the easily offended. Regardless, it's still hilarious.
A while back, on this very site, a sort of debate flourished about Twitter. Does it matter? Is it useful? I like it. I don't. It's crap. It's great.
And so the discussion continues.
However, a journalism student from UC Berkeley found Twitter to be of real use when he was swept up by Egyptian police while filming a protest. By tapping out one single word on his phone (ARRESTED) he alerted a network of friends and family to his situation.
Helpful hints from ProBlogger.
Librarians see knee jerk reactions in their professions all the time. (WHAT? You need a DEGREE to do THIS?!) Still, this is one for the annals of library history.