Looks like starting your own feed crawler bot is becoming quite a fad. After my previous adventures with Linkie Winkie, I figured all would be back to normal (although the LW crawler is still digging through my feed each day).
But it would seem that someone else has had a similar idea, or at least what appears to be a similar idea. In my feed stats today is a crawler that leaves the following as its identifier:
Confused? http://blogs.miffo.org 9NQ6WMT8BC
Confused would be about right. That URL points to an even more stripped-down page than Linkie Winkie, with another long code string and a link to this anonymous two-post blog.
Well, to reuse a common internet acronym, WTF? Is this another SEO-boffin joke/bet/meme? Is it some random coder/start-up/nutcase trying to freak/help people out? Or has the spirit of Philip K. Dick infested a webserver somewhere and decided to unleash his paranoid vision on the electronic world?
Phacked if I know. But on the off-chance that it’s another reciprocal-link traffic generator, I have linked to it and posted the code-string here – because basically I’m a traffic-whore. A Google search reveals Miffo is the title of some Swedish arthouse film. The online UrbanDictionary describes ‘miffo’ as a slang term meaning ‘freak, oddity, idiot’. So maybe it’s just a ploy to make people look foolish…which yours truly has obviously just gone and done. Selah.
However, a little deeper in the Google rankings is www.miffo.org, which bears a simple page that says ‘Miffos so far:’ and a numerical count. The two are likely to be connected, methinks. We shall see.
Or maybe we won’t. The intarwebs just get weirder every time I come home from work.