Yeah, $50 doesn't begin to cover what we'd lose by letting sponsored posts into the fediverse.
The answer, again, is no.
@matt Haha I love that they automated "I just read [x], I've shown it to some..." by populating x with the title tag of the website. Having "writing.exchange - Writing Exchange" in there looks very abnormal as a sentence.
@0x4464 Lol, exactly. Could've tricked me but they lost me in the first sentence!
@matt Yeah I had a few of those too -- even more puzzling on our invite only less-than-1000-user instance. I think it's actually just "we want an article on your about page for crappy SEO reasons" more than sponsored posts but obviously -- still 🙅
I wonder why they are so interested in Mastodon?
Is this some kind of spam that goes out to all kinds of websites?
@jalcine @matt I felt like a pariah when I was following marketing trends and everyone there was really excited about content that wasn't 'traditional' marketing. For example, a blog post written like all others on a car review site, but sponsored by Ford. That's misleading. I'm a little put off by podcasters and "influencers" too. It's one thing to use and like Squarespace and get paid by them and it's another to stage a photo of you using a backpack. It's all still advertising.
Do they not know they can just make an account on any number of servers, or just set up their own? LOL
@matt Oh no, I get these spam mails all the time. So annoying.
@matt I too get these email for a site I administer, and they're equally as terrible and hilariously wrong, yet also annoyingly persistent.
@lowbrow Hah yeah. I really want to know what the success rate of something like that is
- find random email addresses online
- send bad automated messages