Spam … does it ever go away? Every internet user has had those days when they think the internet gods must hate them, as the spam just keeps coming relentlessly. It shows up all over the place in so many searches and emails, and you just can’t seem to get rid of it. The truth is, though, that the people at Google are hard at work 24/7 dealing, often quite successfully, with this seemingly omnipresent web nudge. In fact, if Google’s knowledgeable staff wasn’t equally unrelenting at ridding the internet of spammers and their unsolicited rubble, your internet searches would become never-ending pursuits of relevant data. Search engine optimization, or SEO, is what internet searches are all about. Users must be able to search on … and find … whatever they’re looking for, and if a website contains spam or content irrelevant to users’ searches, that makes users unhappy. And unhappy users make Google sad.
Spam … the word has never been associated with anything all that tasteful. In the past, people knew spam as a precooked, canned meat made from pork and ham and some other stuff that garnered it a rather dubious reputation. Poor spam … how it was besieged with ‘mystery meat’ jokes about it showing up in kitchens and school cafeterias all over the country. Today, of course, spam is more associated with unwanted electronic messaging that internet users get bombarded with by the dozens or hundreds daily. Spam is what we now know as those ads that just don’t go away. So, what exactly is spam? How did it get its name? And what are the different types?