Amazon's wonderful Mechanical Turk is developing a serious spam problem, writes Panos Ipeirotis:
Amazon Mechanical Turk has reached the mainstream. Pretty much everyone knows about the concept. Post small tasks online, pay people cents, and get thousands of micro-tasks completed. Unfortunately, this resulted in some unfortunate trends. ... A seemingly endless amount of spam comes to the market, mainly with the purpose of spamming "social media" metrics.
This is why random marketing people have more Twitter followers than rock stars. The Turk, however, also performs many useful functions. I hope it doesn't go the way of Delicious.
Mechanical Turk: Now with 40.92% spam. [Panos Ipeirotis via Waxy and Hacker News]
We presume it can tell by the pixels.
Military research and Chinese firms had access to the data Microsoft scraped under Creative Commons licenses.
More Americans view made-up news as a ‘very big problem’ for the country, over terrorism, illegal immigration, racism, and sexism.
Vape technology has been around long enough that vapers are starting to get picky about their gear. Luckily, so are we. From disposable models to cutting-edge touchscreen atomizers, there’s a vaporizer in this roundup to suit every taste. Hera 2 – World’s Most Advanced Dual-Use Vaporizer Choose between dry herb or oil extraction modes – […]
With enough practice and commitment, anyone can be a visual artist. But without the right instruction, that time spent honing your skills could seem like an eternity. If you really want to see where your talent can take you, you need sound fundamentals – and no matter what discipline or genre you lean toward, the […]
Theoretically, there’s never been an easier time for marketers. The ubiquity of social media means a good word – or a good brand – can spread like wildfire with very little effort. But as limitless as the internet is, there’s a lot of competition and noise to contend with. And the vast graveyard of failed […]