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Karen Shacham from CNN Pipeline is Reading My Blog?

Posted on 20th June, 2006

Well, I wish that’s true but this post is not about my pride for having my humble blog visited by CNN staff 🙂

Actually, I was surprised or rather puzzled by a comment left by someone named Karen Shacham in one of my blogs at OffbeatEnough.com

The comment is in context and doesn’t look like it was left by some bot just unloading its spam cargo as it travels around the net.

Karen writes:

Hey There,

My name is Karen Shacham and I work with CNN Pipeline in Atlanta.

I thought you might be interested to know that CNN Pipeline will be featuring President Bush when he makes his remarks at 2006 President’s dinner. The dinner is sponsored by the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee at the Washington Convention Center. President George Bush will join members of the House and Senate along with an anticipated crowd of over 5000 people, LIVE tonight on CNN Pipeline at 8:10PM.

CNN Pipeline is an online, commercial-free, multiple live-news feed. It showcases four simultaneous news feeds from around the world and an on-demand function that allows you to select from a variety of news stories.

Please let your members know that they can go to http://www.cnn.com and click on the CNN Pipeline link to watch it *live* and get a two week free trial.

It looks like a genuine comment containing no other link but to CNN.com

But when was the last time an employee from a large news media goes around the Internet leaving comments at blogs inviting people to visit their site? Never right?

A search for “Karen Shacham” shows that she has been leaving comments on many other blogs inviting people to visit CNN Pipeline.

As far as I can see, the only entity that will benefit from this is CNN Pipeline. I don’t see how the keyword proximity between CNN and “Karen Shacham” will benefit Karen Shacham, who ever she is, in the search engine result pages.

If it’s a valid comment from a real person, probably she has been performing searches for blog posts via the blog search engines such as Technorati to find related posts with events that being featured on CNN Pipeline.

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  • yazid says:

    I think it is something like a sense, when someone wrote about Bushie or Republican, this ‘Karen Sacham’ will give a visit and leave a promotion, it is sort of spam anyway. Can we call this as BushSense?

  • Nicktay says:

    CNN has to stoop to spam to get attention? Quite sad.

  • bibliobibuli says:

    well done! and yes, it happens.

    i was contacted by USA Today about a story i wrote on “blooking” (books from blogs), although sadly there were no direct quotes from my blog. on another occasion, i got quoted in the guardian newspaper (uk). and i have had several authors drop by my blog after i have written about them.

    you are clearly providing news and opinions the world wants to hear.

    ain’t blogging exciting!

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