Categories Akismet Asides One Billion Spams Post author By Matt Post date March 22, 2007 71 Comments on One Billion Spams When do you think Akismet will hit 1,000,000,000 spams blocked? Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Related ← Alexa Blocks Statsaholic → Action Hero One-Liners 71 replies on “One Billion Spams” Is there a running number of how many have been caught so far? I know the 500 or so from my blog doesn’t amount to a hill of beans! Still, I’ve been extremely happy with the effectiveness of Askimet. Well I don’t know, but with all the spam I’m getting lately I think that that moment isn’t far away. Whenever it does, you need to have Mike Meyers on standby, in his Dr. Evil gear, ready to declare: “One BILL-E-ON spams!” I think Akismet will hit 1,000,000,000 spam in 2009 sometime. But that’s a projected growth. If more people created wordpress blogs and activated the akismet then it will jump but I don’t see that happening. So sometime in 2009, akismet will hit it’s 1 billionth spam block. I retract my phrase after futher inspection, the total at aksimet is “Total spam: 984,726,157”. So I am going tomorrow, the 1 billionth spam will come. Next week on my blog alone…. 😉 Can you come up with something similar to stop that poxy Elliot Back plugin being used to steal my posts? I’m getting really sick of seeing them appear all over the web… That’d be a plugin I’d pay for! I say that it will be within 2 days, seeing the trend at which spam is increasing each day. couldn’t say, but we’re doing our part 😉 We should hit this awful awful milestone within the next 18 hours. That’s my bet. About 09:00 UTC (Friday 23) if you want an exact time! Saturday! early morning I wish Akismet will NEVER hit 1bn spams, meaning that spam message will die die die in the next 3-5 years. Noon CST tomorrow (3/23) Saturday morning, 7:05am, Zulu time. Unfortunately very very soon. We only started our blog last week so we haven’t yet got a large visitor base, but the number of spam emails we get are unbelievable. Steve I’m not sure – but I bet at the rate that my blogs seem to get spam – some of them at about 200 per day – even with askimet enabled and user registration required. But Askimet blocks 99.99% of it – so its all good… thanks to that handy delete all button It’s blocked 5800 spam so far on my blog since early may last year. I’m guessing that we’ll hit 1 Billion within a few days. 🙂 Well tax day would be appropriate. Doubt it’ll be much longer, I mean I ended up with 80 being caught within the first hour of my first post on my blog. I wish that there was something more we could do to block them – even though askimet is very good, it’d be nice to eliminate it before even them. […] esta a las puertas de los 1.000 millones de comentarios de spam filtrados, sin duda increible. Matt pregunta cuando creemos que llevarÃ¡ a esa cifra, seguro que en pocos dÃas. Â¿QuÃ© piensas […] I’m not sure when it’ll hit 10^9, but I am sure that I appreciate the 1000s from which Akismet has protected my blogs. more than 100 cought on my blog today! […] “ham” is what akismet team call a “non-spam” message. So the question is, when do you think Akismet be able to get 1 Billion blocked spams? End of this year? 2008 or 2009? If more people using blogs, I believe it will be sooner than we […] WOW, great Akismet!!!!!!!! But the SPAM is too much… As at the time of writing Akismet has blocked 13,315 spams, many of which I have never seen since I also employ a close comments plug in. I’d go for within the next 24 hours. […] asking people on his blog when do you think Akismet, the spam filter for WordPress, will catch the billionth spam. To be honest I’m surprise it hasn’t caught that many already. Check out the stats […] Saturday at 00:00 or 00:01 =O) […] Matt, guru de […] Akismet nailed 13.000+ on my site so far. Worst day: today 800+ Thank giant spaghettimonster we have akismet Hmm, tomorrow should be the mark of 1 billion SPAM messages. 😛 Its wierd, i never recieve one spam comment, i dont have any protection (akismet, captchas, etc). Maybe my page its so impopular, even for the spambots 🙂 I was getting around 100+ spam per day — after installing Bad Behaviour, I have literally had 1 spam in a week. This is seriously the best plugin I’ve ever installed for blocking spam — and no, unfortunately I didn’t create it. 😀 In exactly 26 hours 32 minutes from the timestamp on this comment. Whoever predict when that billionth spam arrive will spam free for a month. My guess is in exactly 14 hours from now. 45 days ago we passed 100,000 blocked spam comments on our blog. Since then, Akismet has blocked 50,000 spam comments on our blog. Unfortunately, Akismet is not completely effective, so on an average day, 3-10 comments actually slip through. March 23, 2007, at about 1400 CST (U.S.A). The current count is about 988,750,000, with over 11,500,000 caught today. Without Askimet, I’d have to turn off blog comments – and that’s no fun! Wow, what a simple post with a great question that provokes so much thought and commentary. Really, based on the 1, SPAMS a got TODAY, it can’t be long at all! Joe Pisano MUSicTECHnology.net http://www.mustech.net Should read 1000 spams! 🙂 “Akismet has caught 50,499 spam for you since you first installed it.” Thats since July 2006 roughly, for a blog that gets a couple hundred visitors a day. I expect that globally, its gotta be close to 1 billion now. One Billion Spams!? Holy cow! Now a days, I see people talking about huge spam counts.. TechCrunch hit 1 million(?) a few days ago. Thank God, Akismet is there to protect us! Otherwise I’d really feel pissed off only in 4999 spam comments (February 2007 to present) on my blog. Last week! Doese Akismet stop forum spam bots too? We could surely use that as well. The 1 billionth spam gonna coincide with the shut down day. As everybody shuts down their comp for a day, the bots gonna be busy spamming […] Scary but interesting stats over at Akismet, who protect most WP bloggers’ from comment spam.Â Thanks Photo Matt. […] It would take 24 hours to hit it. There appears to be a drastic increase in SPAM over the past week. Why I am not certain but Akismet is hitting about 4-500 a day for the last week off my blog. That is far higher than any other week that I recall. […] asked when do you think Akismet will hit 1,000,000,000 spams blocked and his readers commented. As of today, Akismet’s Live Spam Zeitgeist shows that 95% of all […] I installed a shoutbox on my blog yesterday and within the hour was being hit by drug spam in it, so I had to make it usable by registered site members only. So I’d say, yeah, very soon I would expect that significant mark to be reached… Man, how much crap is that? How much slave labour went into compiling all those spams? On 26th of March. You all owe me a beer 😉 […] read that Akismet, the anti comment spam plugin i use on this blog is coming up on a big milestone, One billion comment spams. At the time of writing its sitting on 993,083,358 so am expecting that its not going to take long […] Akismet Billion It’s only 15 months since I mentioned the rocket-like acceleration of Akismet which went from a standing start to the point where it had fended off a million spam messages for its users in just 4 months. If things had continued at that pace it w… That’s awesome Matt. Well done. […] Matt is wondering when Akismet will hit 1 billion block spam comments… seems it will be very soon. I’m sure this is yet another indicator of the success of WordPress which is probably driving much of the users plugging into Akismet. Posted by md on March 23rd, 2007 | Filed in Technology, Open Source, WordPress | […] Spam grows exponentially. I have a lightly-traffic’d blog, and got over 2000 spams this week alone. It took me something like the first three months to get the first 2000. So, a better question would be, when do you expect Akismet to reach 1,000,000,000,000 blocked spams? (1 Trillion in North American terms) It’s almost there!!!! It just passed a few minutes ago! Holy crap… Now the question is when will it register 2 billion? I’m shocked to see the speed! 😐 And the funniest thing is that even spammers are creative! Sometimes, I check my spam messages and feel like laughing. Hey Matt… what do I win? One billion, wow — you are making the internet a better place for everyone to enjoy, thanks Matt. Wow, did you ever think you’d see the day, when 1 Billion SPAMs were caught, while it was being developed? What you should do is have an actual live counter, that would increase without the need for refreshes. 😛 […] been some good guessing during the past few days on when this figure would be reached. It was a discussion point in last […] With 5.000 spamposts being caught by Akismet in the last week (15.000 since I started the weblog last fall) I can’t even start to say how much I appreciate this tools. It wouldn’t have been possible to run a weblog at all without it. Thanks. Keep on snatching them 😉 I am in a similar boat to Jan. I have a low traffic site (maybe 300 visitors a day at best) but get nearly 2000 spam posts (trackbacks, pings and comments) a week. Without Akismet, I have no idea what I would do. (Sadly around 2-3 a week sneak past the filters but I can live with that!) Well done Akismet! (as for the 95% of all comments being spam, it is probably higher on my blog… :-() 1,016,448,365 (16,425 in the last two months on my blog) It seems to be 100% effective so far. None through and no false positives but I am not a big site (yet). It will clearly reach X00,000,000,000…. It will just take time. The only thing that will stop that number is if spam somehow vanishes over night. I wish Akismet luck but if spam goes I won;t feel sorry for Akismet. I have never left spam in my life, but about three weeks ago akismet got me banned from all the WP blogs I post on. I contacted them and was told “it is self-correcting” and “should be adapting soon.” Great, after three weeks. So…I think they’ll hit it any second because they’re calling a heck of a lot of stuff spam, that isn’t. Alison, the fact that your comment got through here with no problems means that the system was, indeed, self-correcting. You weren’t caught by Akismet. I can’t speak to your problems on other sites, so maybe there is something else in play that is causing your comments not to appear. […] us from over 1,000,000,000 (read a billion!) spammers! I first read about this in Photo Matt’s Blog. Spam has been a real problem for me and of course for all of you as well. The biggest […] Would be interesting to see a line on there for the number of actual blogs protected. Could see if there was a relative increase in the amount per blog of spam. […] Reaches One Billion Comment Spams Stomped: Matt Mullenweg announced that Akismet, the powerful comment spam fighting tool, has surpassed one billion comment spam […] […] 0 to 1,000,000: 70 days From 1,000,000 to 100,000,000: 190 days 100,000,000 to 1,000,000,000: 257 days 1 billion to 2 billion: 108 […] […] to 1,000,000,000: 257 […] Comments are closed.