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Monday, May 22, 2006


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Will you name names and tell us which ones didn't pass your filter?

can you elaborate on what you mean by "the spam problem"? spamming forums? using tell-a-friend features to send out spam? I'm not sure I get your point. So either I'm one of the 99% or I'm just not labeling it the same way.

Bob, I just mean that any web-based company has to be prepared to deal with the abuse of their system. Here's a contrived example: if you plan to start a blogging company, you'd better include features for dealing with comment/trackback spam, etc.

I'd agree 1,000% and add another:

"Any web 2.0 company that hasn't figured out how to get people to EASILY get started with their product isn't worth examining".


"Any web 2.0 company that doesn't respect a user's previous online history / work / etc isn't worth examining".

PS -- I intend this to apply to Ookles and you'll see shortly.


Agree completely on the SPAM issue. One interesting thing that has come to mind is that so many of the web 2.0 apps don't rely on any type of proprietary algorithm, so spamming is incredibly easy/simple. At least in prior years, it took a while for users to figure out how to game the proprietary algorithms. The only way I see to get around the spamming issue -- I mean to REALLY get around it -- is to give each individual user his/her own algorithm. How the hell would one spam that???

Matt Fleckenstein

I'll play the Devil's Advocate and say that this shouldn't be a concern in your 1.0 release.

Well, if you want to waste a lot of time on early/over optimization, before you know where the problems lie, then yes, do it!

Scott, your comment (especially your second point) makes me even more interested in Ookles - look forward to seeing it.

BTW, I hope Ookles is enough of a success that you can stop saying "Formerly of Feedster" before too long :)

Shanti, I see where you're coming from - you'll be far quicker to market if you don't try to tackle the spam problem right off the bat. But if you don't at least have a basic understanding of how spammers can kill your company, then chances are they will because you won't know how to stop them.

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