The WashingtonPost.com published an article today about spam blogs or splogs. I found the article interesting especially this quote by Anne P. Mitchell, president and chief executive of the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy and a law professor at the Lincoln Law School of San Jose, explaining how Internet companies that helped create the blog phenomenon can also help keep it clean:
"From an ethical, moral, good Internet neighbor perspective . . . if they have the ability to do so, they should do so."
If the raging splog battle is new to you, let me start by saying spam blogs or splogs are clogging up search engine search results much like spam emails have been clogging up your email inbox for years. Splog Reporter was created by me (Frank Gruber) and Jeff Johns in mid-August as the trash can for splog in the blogosphere. Basically, we have created a system for detecting splogs that are reported. We also offer the Splog Reporter as a service to help clean up our client’s data and detect splogs from regular blog URLs. For more information on splog, be sure to check out Splog Reporter and the definition of splog on Wikipedia.