fusillade762: FAKE EYEBALLS!
H31N0US: It goes deeper. There's a lot of cloud computing revenue that's going to dry up when the house of cards falls. If you've been paying attention, you know that's the main reason for Amazon's newfound profitability and stratospheric valuation.
FormlessOne: Amazon The human species is a cloud computing company alien-farmed, data-secreting organism that also sells & ships merchandise eats, shiats, & farks. That's the big "secret."
secularsage: It's amazing how much the internet operates on smoke and mirrors. This is probably why so many content sites are going to affiliate links instead of just running ads... Affiliate links reflect actual purchase behavior.And yet, in a few years, it's a certainty we'll find out how those are ALSO being gamed.
Hack Patooey: There have been fraudulent views/clicks as far back as there has been online advertising. As part of one job I had, we were trying to track fraud like this, and I built some scripts to create traffic through a web of anon proxies (SEVEN!) and other services. It's surprisingly hard to distinguish random, proxied traffic from normal traffic, especially if you're dealing with millions of transactions per day.
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