from the seems-sorta-pointless dept
Search engine spammers keep trying out new tricks, often focusing on things that are popular in order to jump on some trends. That’s why blog spam has been so popular lately with spammer creating fake blogs trying to lure traffic for the sake of advertising. However, with genealogy being so popular, it’s time to look out for family tree spam as well. These are completely fake family tree, generated by a program and put online with ads. The idea, at least according to the article, is that people who are searching for like-named ancestors will be tricked into finding these fake family trees and clicking on the ads. If so, you have to wonder, honestly, how worthwhile this endeavor is. You’re talking about a fake family tree making program that costs $75, and you’re only going to attract a pretty small group of people, most of whom probably won’t be clicking on any of the ads. However, some genealogists are still worried that people will somehow take the fake family trees, and merge them with their own, upload them to legitimate sites and screw everyone up. This, again, seems somewhat unlikely (the chances of the fake people matching up with real people seems slim), but the creator of the fake family tree making software doesn’t inspire much confidence either. He’s quoted as saying that even if someone did this, it’s obviously their fault for believing the fake tree was real, and then blaming Google for not verifying content before putting it in its index. He follows this up by saying he may sue anyone who calls his fake family tree making program a scam, and even threatened the reporter of the original article linked above “to be careful” in deciding what to say about him.