Talk:Fake blog

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This page really needs to be expanded. I'm sure there's stuff I'm unaware of which could be added. Cheers, Lankybugger 21:28, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

Merged the contents of Flog blog here per the What Links Here, which showed Flog linking here and not to Flog blog. Cheers, Lankybugger 17:20, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Random generated blog communities[edit]

There is another category of fake blogs: randomly generated blogs -- using random text generators. For example, [1] and [2] are two examples of supposed blog communities which are using this script [3] to generate their entire websites. Their purpose is not clear, although probably it has something to do with online advertisement. -- Pichote 22:33, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

The article Spam blog covers the randomly generated blogs and could be added here as a see also. --MetaEd (talk) 20:53, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Two quite different meanings[edit]

This article covers two quite different meanings of the term 'fake blog': blogs created by corporations or other organisations which give the illusion of independent grassroots support (also called 'astroturfing'), and parody blogs created to mock a person or group, or simply for humour value. One key difference being that the latter type is usually extremely obviously fake and meant to be seen as such, while the former is meant to be seen as 'real'. I think these concepts are so different they should be covered in two different articles; one possibility would be to split this article, or perhaps the material about the first type should be merged into the astroturfing article while the material about the second type (which seems to be the more popular meaning) stays here. Robofish (talk) 00:26, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

It might also be useful to distinguish between fake blogs that are promotional of the brand or personality supposedly behind them (ie positive), and fake blogs that are created to ridicule or criticise the author (ie: negative)? (I have been trying to improve the brandjacking article and have made this distinction). Paul W (talk) 13:46, 13 July 2010 (UTC)