Of course the spammers, the scammers, the skanks and hos always show up at any party where they can get it. I had not been on Google+ for more than 48 hours before the first ones started showing up. I even made the mistake of putting a few in a circle called “Clearing” because we had so many common connections and I thought, “surely if we know this many people I must know this person.”
Negative (see the photo).
Google+ spam follower
Really it isn’t a new thing. As long as a few people have been able to connect to the same space over a network there has been spam. Those lovely, empty accounts and messages designed to snare the unwitting surfer. In the good old days, USENET, BBS, and the antiquated walled spheres of engagement you could get kicked, banned and IP banned … the later meant you’d have to find another connection to get back in.
It was a resume for a position as a home loan consultant back in 2005. The name on the email “Scamma Yuass” and email address fdgovment@y___o.com – seriously. So here I am responsible for a multi-million dollar mortgage company going through literally hundreds of resumes before they are delivered to hiring managers in their particular department and I see one from Scamma. Did I open the email? Did I even make it to the resume inside?
In today’s transparent society it is more common than ever for prospective employers to do a great deal of research on applicants before making a decision. With MySpace (decreasingly), Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and many others making information easily available you can bet: Hiring managers and human resource departments are leveraging them.
It happens more frequently than not – a user wants to show more or less of the excerpt of a post on their index page. Just as often they want to have a “Read more” link instead of having the reader guess where to click to get the full post. Once upon a time you would have paid me, or someone like me, $50 to $300 or more to hack this for you. That changed some time ago when plugins started becoming popular.
As always I’m talking about just one or two plugins where there may be dozens and you may have a favorite not discussed here. Don’t panic, simply link to the WordPress archive for your favorite tool.