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Does Amatomu need a content policy?

What's happening on our favourite aggregator?


Was taking a quick browse yesterday and saw the following?

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From :Â MSW LOTTERY FIRMÂ Replyto : agentjamesmartins@yahoo.co.uk REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937 BATCH: 2007MJL-01 Dear Winner, We are pleased to inform you of the announce... in 419Blogger
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CONGRATULATIONS…(YOU HAVE WON)

From :Â AWARD WINNERS EXCHANGE ONLINE LOTTERY INTERNATIONALÂ Â THE BRITISH EXCHANGE ONLINE LOTTERY AWARD NOTIFICATION Â FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, INTE... in 419Blogger
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CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA CONFIDENTIAL

from : usuman shamsudeen FROM THE DESK OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA 1A AKINTOLA WAY GARRKI ABUJA. E-mail.dr.usuman_deputygovernor@hotmail.com RE:PAY... in 419Blogger
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Congratulations!!! Your Email Emerged As A Winner

from : "australianlottery_net@aol.in"Â Date: 23rd of Septermber 2007 Ref: 575061725 Batch: 8056490902/188 Ticket Number: GB8701/LPRC CONGRATULATIONS!!! Dear Winner, W... in 419Blogger
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Has spam slipped in? I'd be interested to see Vincent or Mat's response to this. How do you set up guidelines for which blogs can belong to Amatomu and which can't? (Besides the obvious - don't be a Google Adwords Money Whore Blog). I would think Mail & Guardian have a vested interest in keeping it clean.

Hmm. That raises other questions. I don't want to stick my foot in it - but I have noticed the quality of content on Amatomu going down recently. Of course, that's got nothing to do with them - more to do with the proliferation of crappy blogs. A media type gets featured on Morning Live and look what happens!? Everyone wants to be heard... and therefore aggregated.

Where does the point come when you'd rather have quality content on an aggregator as opposed to full representation. Or, is the fact that you have statistics on the majority of SA blogs more commercially tempting?

Look at 419blogger (no link out of respect to myself) - the offender in point. What rubbish.



Sniff sniff... I smell a content policy.

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