29-06-06

spam and malware arriving in web 2.0

when observing the links and resources that are added to their indexes, the number of spam links portraited as real information seems to be increasing, which makes those linkexchanges and social bookmarksites a lot less interesting.

You can say that tagging will solve this problem, but this will only be the case if tagging is done by a machine that can be adapated to new tricks. If people tag their own stuff, you can be sure that spammers will use any trick in the book to get their links above any other - even if it doesn't add any value to it. Spammers are already automating submit commentspam to blogs and wiki's, so why shouldn't they do this with social bookmarkingsites and even more when there are tools to submit one link to tens of such sites at the same time.

That is why some are saying that the basis for web 2.0 is as utopian as was the first web (and this is why for example smtp as a protocol is so open for spam as nobody expected then that someone would send billions of mails just to ripp off people). The idea that anyone would do its best just to be good and nice to anyone else (and share knowledge, time and inspiration) is also a reminder of the first wave of open-source project (the new second wave being more businesswise and chosing to limit access to the code and support).

The best proof of this utopian belief in the good of men is that there are no filters, no social control and no real defense arounds what are now centers of knowledge, but will become pools of spam and later malware and phishing and id theft. It will even become easier to rob an identity because of all the personal details that are present in social networksites and that can help the robber through the personal questions that are sometimes asked to be sure.

 

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