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The Little Black Diamond —

This little guy showed up in my “pending” folder of suspected spam:


Great web-site!!! You did an amazing job!!! I enjoyed watching the videos!!! You guys are great!
Talking about ideas, there\s this really good show, which I like a lot, and I\m sure you\ve heared about it. It\s called STOMP. What these guys do is so cool, I saw them live in NY. I\m sure you can do the same and even better. It really turns people on. Just an idea, hope it could be any helpful.
figa nere
boy love
vacanze in brasile
immaggini diddl

I am fascinated by this little guy on several levels.

First of all, any attempt to be a real person is gone; this thing has no gumption between talking in friendly terms but then switching over to telling you about boy love and going to brazil. (And aren’t I delighted that I will match searches for these terms.)

It compliments freely about any number of things that might be on my website. It tells me about the musical STOMP, and then indicates that the person running the weblog might actually surpass this production. The name is nonsense, the URLs sprinkled around (I took them out) go in all directions.

Honed down to a near science, there must be profit in leaving comments like this, talking in this way. If a script or a hired person is doing it, they must be doing so at the behest of someone trying to accomplish something. This black diamond of text is a years-honed art now poked into any of our communications. It is a dense creation meant to attract attention. It is small and manageable, but has a diverse number of payloads. It wants to inject itself among regular people, saying this incantation, this spell, of phrases that trigger off a range of responses.

Spam makes me angry, yes, but sometimes, observing it with a new eye, I am amazed at what’s involved in hacking the human mind.

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  1. Are you saying the text is designed for human consumption? I figure it’s only there to get past spam filters and so that the links can influence Google PageRank.

    • Jason Scott says:

      Well, that’s what’s interesting to me as well. It might be trying to get past spam filters but boy, does it fail. Even if it’s 100% intended to do so, the variant amount of subject matter wrapped into the payload fascinates me.