I'm not really sure if my chosen Zones will attract enough experts with in-depth knowledge of this, but here goes.
I was recently checking out a page for a friend to determine whether it was a scam or might provide some useful info to help her:
My conclusion was that it was just a moneymaking racket designed to sucker people into being signed up for free trial subscriptions to publications that they probably wouldn't be able to cancel.
While checking out the page I was quite disturbed by a new marketing/tracking trend that I have never seen before now. You will see a red bold "Editor’s Note:
" on the page followed by a bold blue hyperlink entitled "Click Here to Secure Your Government Giveaway Package
". When you scroll over and then copy (I use Ctrl + C), it immediately shows a little "social networking
" popup at the right that states "Powered By Tynt
", as shown below.
When I pasted what I had copied into a text editor, it included this:
In reading about Tynt (http://www.tynt.com
) I see that you can now "Add Incremental Revenue To Your Site With New Intent Signal Solutions
", and you can "Leverage On-Site Copy & Paste Activity
" by "Understanding your audience’s intent in real-time to boost site traffic and brand reach while driving user engagement
Apart from the fact that "Leverage
" is not used in the correct context, and the fact that the statements are riddled with pompous and BS buzzwords, I can see that my "Intent
" of copying the link rather than clicking on it might help somebody down the line to realise that the link was so overtly "in my face" and apparently fraudulent that I was not induced to click on it.
concern me, and I am wondering whether any of you web gurus know, is why
the copied contents included the line: "Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!
Maybe I'm not seeing something else adjacent to this "Powered by Tynt
Perhaps if I actually click on either of the Social networking icons, or on the "Don't Show This Again
" link, I would be inadvertantly creating false referendum votes somewhere?
The link actually goes to a page on the http://www.newsmaxstore.com
site, and I realise from googling that there are some allegations
that the site is nothing more than a heavily biased political propaganda factory, but I can't see anything on the original page that would allow me to "Vote Here Now
" should I have wanted to.
Is this additional line that gets pasted just one of those subliminal message things targeted at the general audience who would be interested in Social Security benefits for Seniors, and the obvious implications of a "health service", or is there actually some redirection of clicks going on behind the scenes to create some false popularity votes on the newsmax site?
Your expert insight is appreciated.