Etymologically, according to Wikipedia, spam is derived from a Monty Python sketch. Regardless of where it comes from, it is certainly annoying and, unfortunately, affects us all, regardless of how well we try to protect ourselves. And it will never stop as long as people still keep answering to these ads either due to ignorance, lack of attention, or stupidity.
An Internet service Provider in Iowa filed a multimillion dollar suit against 300 spammers… and won!
Read all about it here.
BlogShares introduces the concept of a stock market in which Industries comprised by companies (Blogs) which market Shares and products (Ideas), which can in turn be converted into Artefacts to simulate even more real-life actions. The mathematical algorithms embedded in the code intend to simulate real life in general, although I still find it quite unrealistic. Every player gets B$ 500 to start building up wealth. It didn’t take me more than a couple of weeks to become one of the 3,182 millionaires, which, out of the ever growing 16,065 current members (as of this posting), confirms that it’s not very realistic. My current rank in the game is 1,216, or 255 among the 307 Premium Members. I wish I could increase my money by 100,000% in two months time. Well, a couple of days ago I spent B$ 25,000,000 + to buy ideas to make them into an artifact.
And that’s not all, since they are, or so they claim, the best blog directory available, in reality it’s a way to get your blog known and read, plus you can actually exchange activity (in the form of chips) in the game into highly visible ads for your blog, or whatever… I guess…