If you have a blog, you’ve had to deal with everything from comment spammers to juvenile flame warriors. Well, brace yourself: your blog may soon pick up a new breed of online pest.
According to the folks at Blanton’s and Ashton’s, paid commenters are now cruising the blogging world and trying to skew the conversation on behalf of their clients:
Recently I have had several visits from http://arrca.netvocates.com/Default/index.cfm?, most recently to the posting on Congressman Rush Holt’s appearance on Lou Dobbs. “Who”, I wondered, “are Netvocates?” I did a little checking and now I know. Basically, Netvocates is an organization that sends people out to web logs to post propoganda in comments. They appear to be tied to conservatives and there appears to be a tie to townhall.com, the ultra-right-wing web site. Cybersoc.com spent time running down the facts on Netvocates and the man behind Netvocates. I recommend that people who read blogs check out the Cybersoc.com posting. Education is armor.