The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Monday, November 06, 2006

AllAdvantage reincarnated?

Winding up today's news: Word on the internet is that AllAdvantage is making a comeback. Or rather, some of the founders of AllAdvantage are going to give it another go.

AllAdvantage was an advertising multi-level-marketing scheme from 1999 which generated a huge amount of spam from its affiliates. If the new company, AGLOCO (short for "A Global Community") is like the old one, we can look forward to an increase in email spam in the future.

Update: I've heard from the anti-spam consultant who was hired by AllAdvantage to clean up their spam problem in 1999. He's a founding partner in AGLOCO so it looks like there's a good chance that they'll be able to avoid the spam problems that plagued AllAdvantage.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't multi-level marketing, actually. There were layers of referrals, but nobody paid anything into the system. Just being precise. :-D

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous" is a little bit off. It absolutely _was_ multi-level marketing. The fact that no-one was asked or required to pay money into the "system" is the reason it was not an illegal pyramid scheme.
[Disclosure - I had the final word on this issue at AADV]. And remember kids, there is a vast difference between precision and accuracy - as anonymous has here demonstrated.

1:24 PM  

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