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Spam being taken out of context?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tahworld, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. tahworld

    tahworld Regular Member

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    Hi BHW,

    I'm starting this thread because I'd like to find out the real definition of spam.
    I keep noticing a lot of people (not just on this forum) are giving different meanings to spam.

    It also appears that even Google's definition of spam isn't accurate.
    For example: Matt Cutts seems to think that you can *spam* your backlinks through blog comments.

    Other comments I've read: "I'm starting a spam campaign", "I'm going to spam with xrumer", "just spam some of your tiers" etc.
    I can be wrong about this but when I checked,
    spam only applies to email.

    Am I wrong about that? I'd love to have some feedback on it.
    Here is my reasoning for this:

    Merriam Webster Dictionary:

    www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spam
    E-mail that is not wanted : e-mail that is sent to large numbers of people and that consists mostly of advertising

    Longman dictionary:

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/spam_2
    email messages that a computer user has not asked for and does not want to read, for example from someone who is advertising something

    Collins Dictionary:


    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american/spam?showCookiePolicy=true
    (computing) unsolicited
    e-mail, often advertisements, sent out over a computer network to many addresses, usually indiscriminately

    CAN-SPAM ACT: (USA)


    http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus61-can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business
    The CAN-SPAM Act, a law that sets the rules for commercial
    email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

    Any thoughts, ideas on this are welcome.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tony_d

    tony_d Elite Member

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    I think you're right that the strict definition of spam is 'unwanted electronic mail', but I also think that it's pretty well accepted that spam is a colloquial term for e-junk in general that is intended to promote something, either directly or indirectly.
     
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