Now That’s Some Dedication to Spam
Alright, this was going to be a different post entirely, but it looks like I’ll have to just save that for another day. Because, as I was killing time by perusing Digg’s upcoming entertainment section, I spotted this article sitting at the top: Web Designer Battles Hollywood Cookie Cutting
It didn’t sound particularly interesting, but since it had an astounding 389 diggs, and a suspiciously low 0 comments, my curiosity got the better of me and I had to see what was going on.
Upon clicking through I immediately went to see who was digging this submission, because 1) it’s basically just a screenplay pitch, and 2) 389 diggs is an assload for something in upcoming.
Well, by the time I clicked to see who was digging the story, it had jumped up again, and was now sitting at 390. But, as you can see from the screenshot, the people (or person) doing all the digging aren’t exactly the type you’d expect to be browsing around in upcoming looking for interesting stuff.
In fact, the majority of the accounts look a lot like this:
No avatar, just joined, and has dugg a total of one story.
So, I’m left wondering whether this might just be on its way to the record for most diggs without hitting the front page. Since I started writing this, the total has already made its way up to 460, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Also, the submission hasn’t even cracked 10 hours. I’m anxious to see where it’s at after 24 and if it continues to climb.
It’s hard to imagine this could possibly be promoted on the number of diggs alone, but it is definitely one of the more impressive spam attempts I’ve seen in a long time.
UPDATE: The submission appears to have capped out at 510 diggs and has now been officially buried.