What's worse, the spam was disguised as product reviews.
Here is the first post I ran across:
So, that's his post. Notice that it was posted the same day the account was registered, and for some reason he was answering a thread from February 2010... in April 2011.
That screams self-promoting spammer to me.
Here is another post:
Here's the user profile at Amazon:
|User Profile for: okudzhava|
|Recent Messages:|| |
Here's a link to the user profile:
Look carefully at the dates and times.
Posts at 5:30 PM, 5:36 PM, 5:38 PM and 5:41 PM, all on the same day.
It seems like a non-spamming poster would not plug someone else's product 4 times in 11 minutes, never having posted on the forum before.
Notice that the poster chose to have Amazon display their name as bez appel.
A quick Google of that name shows posts on the Amazon Web Services developer forums from late March 2011.
Note the post, and the platform this poster mentions he's developing for:
Link for this forum post:
So, we've got posts from March 27, where the guy is developing an app that runs on Android 1.6 and uses Amazon's Advertister API.
We've then got posts from a month later, where a guy with the exact same name is extolling the virtues of an application that use Amazon's Advertiser API to check marketplace prices for products. I wonder what platform the app happens to require?
Let's check the product page:
ABOUT THIS APP
That's right, folks, Android 1.6 and up.
Here's the link at Android Market for the app:
Here's part of the item's page there:
My comments to the developer:
I'm sure many booksellers really would have thought that this was a worthwhile app, but no one likes a spammer.
What's worse than spamming, which is real evil anyway, is being a liar by pretending to be a satisfied customer.
Lying tells me you are untrustworthy. You can't do business with a liar.
Even though the app is under $2, by installing your app on their phone, a customer would have to trust you to not be doing other evil things to their phone while you're checking marketplace values and Amazon fees for them.
On top of that, you're just not clever; you could have used a fake name for the Amazon seller forum post, and another fake name for the Amazon developer forum posts.
Thus, you win this blog's first:
Bad developer, bad! No Cookie!
Here's a picture of the cookie you're not getting: