Spam as the First Comment on His First Blog Post - No Way!

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Welcome Tony MallozziDo you remember when you finally got enough nerve to write your first blog post?  You probably thought about it for days, if not weeks, trying to decide what to say.  Then, after you took a deep breath and hit that "submit" button, you couldn't resist checking back periodically to look for comments.  Would anyone read your post?  Would they like it?

New Activerainer Tony Mallozzi wrote his first blog post early this morning on Activerain. My New Blog is short and sweet, and deserved at least a few "Welcome to Activerain" comments from other members.

It wasn't long before someone did comment on Tony's first post, but it wasn't a warm welcome - it was spam from Nedra Cunningham, an Activerain newbie with 125 points total, who used the occasion to provide a link to Acai Optimum.

What a bad joke it was for Tony to get spam as the first comment on his first blog post.  I clicked on "report a concern" and hopefully the spam will be quickly removed by our Activerain gurus. 

In the meantime, I'm asking my Activerain friends to click on My New Blog and join me in giving a PROPER welcome to Activerain newbie Tony Mallozzi.

 

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Al Raymondi
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Did the welcome thing as you requested Margaret.

Aug 13, 2010 04:25 AM #16
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Margaret Woda
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Again thank you to all... Ocean View Realty Group, Envelope Brokerage, Holly...  Also, Connie, Chris Ann, Kathryn, Margaret and Richard.

I'm sure this isn't the first or last time this has ever happened, but I caught this one.  LOL.  Tony will probably never know we had an organized effort going to welcome him to AR... wouldn't it be nice if we did that for EVERY new member when they post for the first time.  I don't know about you, but I find it too hard to find those "first" posts - it's more a case of lucking into them.

Aug 13, 2010 05:47 AM #17
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Margaret - you are just one of the nicest people!

Aug 13, 2010 05:54 AM #18
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Richard - Thanks, but I think most people would have reacted the same way IF we'd seen it.  But that was in the middle of the night and chances were that it would roll off the blogroll of new posts by morning and few people would notice.

Aug 13, 2010 06:49 AM #19
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Thanks fort the heads up Margaret. I will head that way now.

Aug 13, 2010 07:05 AM #20
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Thanks, Martha.  I just checked and the spam comment is finally gone.

Aug 13, 2010 11:01 AM #21
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Mary Kay Hopkins
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Margaret, wanted you to know that I have issued my welcome to Tony.  You are right, it would be nice if everyone could receive multiple nice messages when they write their first blog.

Aug 13, 2010 12:29 PM #22
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Great job Margaret catching that and getting the word out! I also left my welcome comment on his post!

Aug 13, 2010 04:55 PM #23
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Al Raymondi
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I had an idea to fix the "I don't know about you, but I find it too hard to find those "first" posts - it's more a case of lucking into them." Margaret.  Posted it a couple weeks age.  Maybe i should send it to the ActiveRain gurus?  http://activerain.com/blogsview/1759598/i-have-a-suggestion-for-a-newbie-welcome-button

 

Aug 14, 2010 01:12 AM #24
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Margaret - I welcomed Tony as well. I like the idea of a way of highlighting first posts so that the community can welcome each member. Can't help but feel a little compassion for Nedra - she probably needs the business and doesn't understand the rules of social media.

Aug 14, 2010 03:00 AM #25
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I haven't received any spam here, but when I post on my wordpress website the only comments I get are spam. It's so frustrating.

Aug 14, 2010 06:15 AM #26
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Jason Crouch
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Margaret - I'll head over there and give him a real greeting, too.  That stinks.

Aug 14, 2010 09:37 AM #27
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Dan Quinn
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I'll go to his site and welcome him. You did a good job of describing the angst of writing that first post.

Aug 15, 2010 04:02 PM #28
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Thanks for the heads up, Margaret.  I went over and welcomed Tony.

Aug 15, 2010 05:43 PM #29
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Renee Marrs Caperton
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I will be glad to welcome Tony!  

Thanks for sharing...

Aug 16, 2010 08:38 AM #30
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Minutes after I joined Active Rain I received a spam e-mail. I sent the e-mail to the active rain gods and said "I hope joining AR wasn't a huge mistake". So I know of the frustration Tony must have felt. I'm heading over there right now.

Aug 16, 2010 09:03 AM #31
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Will do. Thanks for looking out for Tony. I do remember that first blog I wrote and how nervous I was. I don't know what I would have done if I had gotten a spam or negative comment out of the shoot!

Aug 17, 2010 08:57 AM #32
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But don't we all need Acai Optimum? LOL. After I finish here, I'll go see what Tony's up to.

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Margaret Woda
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thank you - istockphoto.com

LOVE IT!  Thanks to everyone who jumped on over to Tony's post and commented. 

I just wish that EVERY new member could receive a warm Activerain welcome from current members.

Aug 21, 2010 05:22 AM #34
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Thank you for your post - and for extending a warm welcome to our newest AR bloggers!

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