Junk mail and rotting web

Alexander 'Sasha' Chislenko (sasha1@netcom.com)
Sun, 31 Jan 1999 21:04:10 -0500

I just received an interesting piece of junk mail with a suggestion of new web service - see below.

A few years ago, I started hoping that deterioration of the Internet services, mostly through growth of annoying, pushy, stupid, irrelevant stuff - would create a demand for semantic services and thus give rise to deserving ideas and create a rich semantic field for growth of distributed AI. I was right in the first part it seems; Usenet is practically unusable now, junk email is rampant, search engines are getting spammed with thousands of automatically generated pages with fake keywords...

Now the following invention may help websites present data to the search engines that is entirely unrelated to the content the user is going to see there...

This is an interesting development at the time when the search engines are de-emphasizing their search functions altogether and try to turn themselves into advertisement-supported "portals".

Now, where are the intelligent web services?

Anyway, here's that email:

>From: deals@2000deals.com
>Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 00:01:33 -0500
>X-Sender: deals@2000deals.com
>Subject: Add: Lock Up Your HTML Code From The Competition
>To: undisclosed-recipients:;
>Keep Your Competition AWAY From Viewing,
>Studying, Or Copying Your Optimized Html
>Source Code That Gives You The Advantage
>How? Use the IP Number Food Script
>You Work Hard on Your HTML Code to Get Your
>Web Page at the Top of the Search Engines.
>You Make Money When People Can Easily Find Your
>Page On the Top of the Search Engines BECAUSE
>OF Your Optimized Html Code.
>Your Competitors Can Copy and Study Your Source Code
>and Benefit From it, in other words, You Are Helping
>Them Compete Against You.
>Copying and Studying the Html Source Code From the
>Competition is a Common Practice on the Internet.
>The Solution: Make it IMPOSSIBLE for Your Competitors
>to View, Study or Copy Your Html Source Code that
>Gives You the Advantage.
>How? Use the IP Number Food Script
>Click To Learn More About the IP Number Food Script:

(please remember I have nothing to do with it)

Alexander Chislenko <http://www.lucifer.com/~sasha/home.html> <sasha1@netcom.com> <sasha@media.mit.edu>