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Re: not exactly a conspiracy theory, but...

Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> __/ [catherine yronwode] on Friday 06 January 2006 03:50 \__
> > I suppose that many of the regulars here have noticed the recent influx
> > of posters with little or no posting history here who are submiting
> > short, snappy, one 'graph long, professionally written, first-person
> > accounts of how or why they no longer use google and prefer yahoo for
> > searches?
> >
> > I am not exactly a conspiracy theorist, but reading these oddly
> > off-centered messages  day after day -- with their narrowly
> > programmatic opinions, their almost uniform word-counts, identical
> > levels of literacy, and highly targetted subject matter -- i am
> > beinginning to wonder is yahoo is so desperate for "buzz" that they
> > have hired a flack-boi to post these silly bursts of "first person
> > personal" ads for yahoo.
> >
> > Any opinions?
> >
> > cat yronwode
> Good observation. However, Yahoo have got good history as far as ethics
> are concerned. these could be Munchkins nonetheless.
> http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/gizmos/2005/11/2_grassroots_an.html
> John Dvorak:
> "Some years back, Microsoft practiced a lot of dirty tricks using online
> mavens to go into forums and create Web sites extolling the virtues of
> Windows over OS/2. They were dubbed the Microsoft Munchkins, and it was
> obvious who they were and what they were up to. But their numbers and
> energy (and they way they joined forces with nonaligned dummies who liked
> to pile on) proved too much for IBM marketers, and Windows won the
> operating-system war through fifth-column tactics"
> Roy

Thanks, Roy, for the citation. I remembered this, but couldn't put a
name or date to it. It is actually a very effective form of advetisement
or propaganda distribution, if done adeptly. 

cat yronwode
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