Two Billion

Spam is growing.

From 0 to 1,000,000: 70 days

From 1,000,000 to 100,000,000: 190 days

100,000,000 to 1,000,000,000: 257 days

1 billion to 2 billion: 108 days

It’s funny how fast that last billion went. To celebrate we made a new chart showing total spam blocked over time.

Protect Salesforce

Scott Hemmeter wrote in to tell us that many web forms across the web feed into so people can track the responses and such from them. Like any other form on the web these get spammed to death. Scott has cooked up a solution, combining Akismet and Salesforce to combat spam:

Back in January, I posted about a way to help combat web to lead spam. That type of solution works well, but is not scalable. Also, it is a reactive approach rather than a proactive one.

I decided to try and see if I could incorporate Akismet into the web to lead process and I was successful in doing so! I created a set of scripts for you to download if you’d like to leverage Akismet with your web to lead forms.

Read the rest and download the script.

Slow Blog Solution

Paul Benetis found something interesting on his blog:

After setting it up I started loading it with articles. Everything was gravy until maybe an hour after the initial setup. The blog started to crawl. I mean it was completely unusable. The counter on the bottom clocked the page loads at around 75 seconds. What could be the problem? I started looking for a solution.

That in and of itself isn’t terribly unusual, there are a thousand things that can cause a blog to be slow, but check out what Paul found:

I went ahead and activated Akismet (it took about 5 minutes to navigate to the activation page!!!). Right when I pressed the activate button the blog started acting like any WordPress blog should, fast as hell! Thank you Akismet!

You can read the whole story on his blog. Thanks for sharing Paul!

Zend Framework Module

Simone Carletti from Italy wrote it that the “Zend Framework Core Team has reviewed and approved Zend_Service_Akismet proposal.”

The initial revision has been moved to Incubator, this means that probably it will be available with the next ZF release.”

That’s great news, thanks for the note Simone.