Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Aug 2013 14:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Apparently, an advertising agency hired by Samsung is trying to buy people to post questions about the company on StackOverflow. This is what Delyan Kratunov was asked to do (he declined):

All we need you to do is talk about the SSAC (Samsung Smart App Challenge) and get the word out. How? We were thinking about 4 questions on Stackoverflow over the span of a month..... as well as replies to posts made by other members. Don't worry about finding the questions to reply to because we will send you links.

Stay classy, Samsung.

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more widespread than you think?
by project_2501 on Thu 1st Aug 2013 14:30 UTC
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I know first hand of companies that do this on behalf of large clients... going back 5+ years.

Think about it - the web of comments reviews questions tweets etc has a significant influence on how products and companies are perceived. Many of us won't buy a product if the online world isn't positive about it - despite never having tried the product itself. So there's a lot to gain or lose.

I am always suspicious of comments on sites - even this one - and do wonder if some posters are in fact .. er.. working for someone else.

Not a nice thought - but hey that's the world we live in .. messages from avatars from people we know not.

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