One billion spams

The milestone number of one billion spams trapped by Akismet was reached a few hours ago.

There’s been some good guessing during the past few days on when this figure would be reached. It was a discussion point in last Thursday’s FIR, for instance. My best guess was that it would be sometime this weekend. Well, that wasn’t wrong.

The more alarming statistic in all this is that 95% of all comments and trackbacks to blogs are spam. So with one billion spams, there are just over 53,000 53 million genuine comments (genuine as in the comments not being identified by Akismet as spam).

The only sure way right now to avoid spam is to not allow any form of commenting or connection to your blog from any other site on the internet. Which would defeat one of the primary benefits of a blog: connecting with other people.

I wouldn’t do that. So I rely on Akismet as the first line of spam defence and it does a very good job.

It’s a war, people!

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