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[[Category: Astroturfing]]
[[Category: Astroturfing]]
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AstroTurfing is the practice by which a company pretends to have a following but actually fakes it.
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'''Posts on the subject:'''
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* [[Consumer Watchdog]] (AstroTurfing Group)
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* [http://techrights.org/2007/11/23/astroturfing-microsoft-examples/ Astroturfing Examples: Learning How Microsoft Tames the Internet]
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<li><a nicetitle="LawMedia Group May be Another Confirmed Microsoft AstroTurfing Agency" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/15/lawmedia-microsoft-astroturf/">LawMedia Group May be Another Confirmed Microsoft AstroTurfing Agency</a></li>
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== 2007 ==
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<li><a nicetitle="The Microsoft Connection with Dewey Square Group  and DCI/New Media" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/29/ms-dewey-square-group-dci/">The Microsoft Connection with Dewey Square Group  and DCI/New Media</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft ‘Bribes’ Mac Bloggers to Slam Apple, Gartner Hosts Google FUD" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/22/microsoft-bribes-mac-bloggers/">Microsoft ‘Bribes’ Mac Bloggers to Slam Apple, Gartner Hosts Google FUD</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft, TCS, DCI, Edelman, and Those Fake Letters About IP/SCO/Monopoly" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/27/tcs-dci-edelman/">Microsoft, TCS, DCI, Edelman, and Those Fake Letters About IP/SCO/Monopoly</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="James Plamondon: Microsoft Guerrilla" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/15/microsoft-guerrilla-people-monsters/">James Plamondon: Microsoft Guerrilla</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="FullSIX and Mr. Youth LLC May Be Ruining the Web (AstroTurfing) on Microsoft’s Behalf" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/12/fullsix-and-mr-youth-llc/">FullSIX and Mr. Youth LLC May Be Ruining the Web (AstroTurfing) on Microsoft’s Behalf</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft: 800 lb. Guerrilla" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/01/ms-800-lb-guerrilla/">Microsoft: 800 lb. Guerrilla</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Astroturfing Examples: Learning How Microsoft Tames the Internet" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2007/11/23/astroturfing-microsoft-examples/">Astroturfing Examples: Learning How Microsoft Tames the Internet</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Waggener Edstrom, Maureen O’Gara and Other Microsoft Shills" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/03/microsoft-press-shills/">Waggener Edstrom, Maureen O’Gara and Other Microsoft Shills</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2007/11/18/politics-standards-document/ Manipulation, Astroturfing, and What Governments Can Do]
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<li><a nicetitle="Partial Index: Summary of Bribed Sites, Journalists, and Bloggers (Vista 7)" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/10/summary-of-the-ms-bribed/">Partial Index: Summary of Bribed Sites, Journalists, and Bloggers (Vista 7)</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Waggener-Edstrom Behind the 2008 Laptop Bribes, Edelman Behind 2006’s" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/19/waggener-edstrom-bribe/">Waggener-Edstrom Behind the 2008 Laptop Bribes, Edelman Behind 2006’s</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Manipulation, Astroturfing, and What Governments Can Do" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2007/11/18/politics-standards-document/">Manipulation, Astroturfing, and What Governments Can Do</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Beware the OOXML AstroTurfer: “The Wraith”, “multivac1”, “hAl”, Among Other Nyms" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/02/16/microsoft-ooxml-shills/">Beware the OOXML AstroTurfer: “The Wraith”, “multivac1”, “hAl”, Among Other Nyms</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft May Have Bribed India for OOXML Pressure" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/03/01/bribe-charity-xooml-india/">Microsoft May Have Bribed India for OOXML Pressure</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft Has Been Rigging Votes/Polls for Ages" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/26/ms-rigging-polls/">Microsoft Has Been Rigging Votes/Polls for Ages</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Gary M. Stewart (aka “Flatfish”) About Microsoft AstroTurfing: “It’s made me A LOT of money….”" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2009/01/02/gary-stewart-flatfish-troll-unmasked/">Gary M. Stewart (aka “Flatfish”) About Microsoft AstroTurfing: “It’s made me A LOT of money….”</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Former Microsoft Shill Openly Confesses, Alleges Microsoft Still Does This" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/12/27/microsoft-shills-aka-te-secrets/">Former Microsoft Shill Openly Confesses, Alleges Microsoft Still Does This</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Respecting AstroTurfers?" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/28/smears-and-vested-interests/">Respecting AstroTurfers?</a></li>
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== 2008 ==
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<li><a nicetitle="Some New (But Very Old) Microsoft AstroTurfing Examples" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/08/28/microsoft-astroturfing-examples/">Some New (But Very Old) Microsoft AstroTurfing Examples</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Joe Barr, Linux.com Editor - My Obituary" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/07/30/joe-barr-obituary/">Joe Barr, Linux.com Editor - My Obituary</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/02/16/microsoft-ooxml-shills/ Beware the OOXML AstroTurfer: “The Wraith”, “multivac1”, “hAl”, Among Other Nyms]
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<li><a nicetitle="Joe Barr Knew Microsoft’s Tactics All Too Well" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/07/14/microsoft-os2-dirty-tactics/">Joe Barr Knew Microsoft’s Tactics All Too Well</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/03/01/bribe-charity-xooml-india/ Microsoft May Have Bribed India for OOXML Pressure]
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<li><a nicetitle="66 Pages of Microsoft Evilness" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2009/02/08/microsoft-evilness-galore/">66 Pages of Microsoft Evilness</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/26/ms-rigging-polls/ Microsoft Has Been Rigging Votes/Polls for Ages]
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<li><a nicetitle="Another AstroTurf Scam Exposed?" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2009/01/18/astroturf-scam-exposed/">Another AstroTurf Scam Exposed?</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/15/lawmedia-microsoft-astroturf/ LawMedia Group May be Another Confirmed Microsoft AstroTurfing Agency]
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<li><a nicetitle="Quick Mention: Sony is AstroTurfing, Just Like Microsoft" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2009/01/23/sony-is-astroturfing-busted/">Quick Mention: Sony is AstroTurfing, Just Like Microsoft</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/29/ms-dewey-square-group-dci/ The Microsoft Connection with Dewey Square Group and DCI/New Media]
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<li><a nicetitle="Memo to Novell: Leave YouTube Alone" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/12/13/novl-marketing-and-videos/">Memo to Novell: Leave YouTube Alone</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/10/22/microsoft-bribes-mac-bloggers/ Microsoft ‘Bribes’ Mac Bloggers to Slam Apple, Gartner Hosts Google FUD]
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft Blast from the Past: Ads Banned for Spurring Violence" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/11/05/ads-banned-for-spurring-violence/">Microsoft Blast from the Past: Ads Banned for Spurring Violence</a></li>
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/27/tcs-dci-edelman/ Microsoft, TCS, DCI, Edelman, and Those Fake Letters About IP/SCO/Monopoly]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/11/15/microsoft-guerrilla-people-monsters/ James Plamondon: Microsoft Guerrilla]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/12/fullsix-and-mr-youth-llc/ FullSIX and Mr. Youth LLC May Be Ruining the Web (AstroTurfing) on Microsoft’s Behalf]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/11/01/ms-800-lb-guerrilla/ Microsoft: 800 lb. Guerrilla]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/03/microsoft-press-shills/ Waggener Edstrom, Maureen O’Gara and Other Microsoft Shills]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/11/10/summary-of-the-ms-bribed/ Partial Index: Summary of Bribed Sites, Journalists, and Bloggers (Vista 7)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/11/19/waggener-edstrom-bribe/ Waggener-Edstrom Behind the 2008 Laptop Bribes, Edelman Behind 2006’s]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/12/27/microsoft-shills-aka-te-secrets/ Former Microsoft Shill Openly Confesses, Alleges Microsoft Still Does This]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/11/28/smears-and-vested-interests/ Respecting AstroTurfers?]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/08/28/microsoft-astroturfing-examples/ Some New (But Very Old) Microsoft AstroTurfing Examples]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/07/30/joe-barr-obituary/ Joe Barr, Linux.com Editor - My Obituary]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/07/14/microsoft-os2-dirty-tactics/ Joe Barr Knew Microsoft’s Tactics All Too Well]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/03/27/web-to-break-for-ooxml/ Microsoft/Munchkin ‘Breaks’ the Web to Break Open Document Standards (Again)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2008/12/11/rob-enderle-amazing-numbers/ Rob Enderle Guarantees “Amazing Numbers”, Show E-mails to Microsoft]
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== 2009 ==
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* [http://techrights.org/2009/01/02/gary-stewart-flatfish-troll-unmasked/ Gary M. Stewart (aka “Flatfish”) About Microsoft AstroTurfing: “It’s made me A LOT of money….]
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* [http://techrights.org/2009/02/08/microsoft-evilness-galore/ 66 Pages of Microsoft Evilness]
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* [http://techrights.org/2009/01/18/astroturf-scam-exposed/ Another AstroTurf Scam Exposed?]
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== 2010 ==
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/02/21/microsoft-philippines-astroturf-edgi/ New AstroTurfing from Microsoft Philippines, Increased Pressure on Businesses]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/03/13/andre-da-costa-in-cnet/ AstroTurfing for Vista 7 Still Alive]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/04/23/andre-da-costa-as-female-name/ Microsoft MVPs Nymshifting, Pretending to be Other Gender, Accepting Bribes, and Libeling GNU/Linux Users]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/04/19/microsoft-spin-presented-as-articles/ Microsoft PR Presented as ‘News’]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/04/27/consumer-watchdog-and-netprospex/ Microsoft Partners Hail Microsoft Without Disclosure, More AstroTurfing]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/15/john-sullivan-on-apple/ Apple Lies About “Open Source” (and More on Apple/Microsoft AstroTurfing)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/19/richard-berman-and-consumer-watchdog/ Microsoft AstroTurf May be Linked to the Notorious “Dr. Evil” (Richard Berman) or Grassroots Enterprise]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/08/06/digg-cabals-versus-unix-linux/ How Microsoft/Proprietary Software Bullies Ruined Digg for GNU/Linux]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/10/13/vista-phone-7-marketing-tactics/ Microsoft Employees Push Vista Phone 7 {sic} in Twitter, Without Disclosure]
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== 2011 ==
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/05/12/facebook-astroturfing/ The Partly Microsoft-Owned Facebook is Doing Microsoft’s Dirty Job With Microsoft’s PR Firm]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/12/26/microsoft-and-nokia-astroturf/ Microsoft and Nokia Caught AstroTurfing, Abusing/Attacking Genuine Posters]
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== 2012 ==
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/02/26/microsoft-tied-astroturf-firm/ Apple Whitewashing With Anti-Google AstroTurf Firm]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/10/29/astroturf-and-subversive-technical-means/ Microsoft is AstroTurfing for Vista 8]
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* [http://techrights.org/2012/11/08/astroturt-insufficient/ Vista 8 AstroTurfing Not Enough, Other Tactics Used]
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== 2013 ==
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/06/09/reddit-infiltrated/ Microsoft Crime Persists: AstroTurfing a Regular Practice, Reddit Full of Paid Microsoft AstroTurfers]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/06/13/geek-press-invaded/ Microsoft Talking Points Planted by Microsoft Staff in the Geek Press]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/06/22/john-dvorak-complains-about-microsoft-astroturfing-intended-to-shape-vista-8-perceptions/ John Dvorak Complains About Microsoft AstroTurfing Intended to Shape Vista 8 Perceptions]
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* [http://techrights.org/2013/11/22/new-grounds-of-astroturfing/ Microsoft Takes AstroTurfing to New Levels, Co-opting Grassroots and Bribing People]
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== 2014 ==
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* [http://techrights.org/2014/01/22/bribing-vloggers/ Microsoft Caught AstroTurfing Again, But Is Criminal Prosecution Imminent? (Unlikely)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2014/06/20/federal-trade-commission-and-msft/ Federal Trade Commission Should Launch Legal Action Against Microsoft Over Bribes to Bloggers in Exchange for Coverage]
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== 2015 ==
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*[http://techrights.org/2015/04/27/media-subverted-by-microsoft/ Caution Needed When Microsoft Copywriters Flood the Media With Microsoft Propaganda]
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'''Other related pages:'''
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* [[Plamondon on schmoozing the Computing Society]]
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<li><a nicetitle="Is YouTube’s “NovellVideo” a Novell AstroTurfer?" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/07/novellvideo-youtube-suspicion/">Is YouTube’s “NovellVideo” a Novell AstroTurfer?</a></li>
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This list is very incomplete, but some of the above cross-references other examples.
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft/Munchkin ‘Breaks’ the Web to Break Open Document Standards (Again)" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/03/27/web-to-break-for-ooxml/">Microsoft/Munchkin ‘Breaks’ the Web to Break Open Document Standards (Again)</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Rob Enderle Guarantees “Amazing Numbers”, Show E-mails to Microsoft" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/12/11/rob-enderle-amazing-numbers/">Rob Enderle Guarantees “Amazing Numbers”, Show E-mails to Microsoft</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft Agents from Waggener Edstrom Airbrush Wikipedia, Glorify Paymaster" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/12/05/waggener-edstrom-wikipedia/">Microsoft Agents from Waggener Edstrom Airbrush Wikipedia, Glorify Paymaster</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft Unleashes Proxies at Journalists to Defend Vulnerable Vista" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/12/05/waggener-edstrom-muscles-journos/">Microsoft Unleashes Proxies at Journalists to Defend Vulnerable Vista</a></li>
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<li><a nicetitle="Microsoft’s OOXML Viral Marketing Reaches YouTube" href="http://boycottnovell.com/2008/02/03/microsoft-spams-youtube/">Microsoft’s OOXML Viral Marketing Reaches YouTube</a></li>
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Current revision

AstroTurfing is the practice by which a company pretends to have a following but actually fakes it.

Posts on the subject:

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2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015


Other related pages:

This list is very incomplete, but some of the above cross-references other examples.

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