We have our first 2005 Mayflower Software pig detector alert!
An astute and observant reader pointed out the latest in a long series of "less than ethical" behaviors from Mayflower Software, our favorite poster child for "truth in advertising"...
Check out this link: http://www.maysoft.com/web3.nsf/ByKey/FPAO5GLQYA
This appears in a Google AdSense listing for free Lotus software. On this page they are touting a Notes Document Viewer template they are giving away. No problems there...
Now check out the left column of reviews... PC World, PC Magazine, and some website called HelpMeRick.com give outstanding reviews to a spam filtering product. Keep going down, and you see links for Mayflower's SpamSentinel product. Put two and two together, and it looks like SpamSentinel is getting positive press.
BZZZZZZ! Wrong answer!
You have to look carefully at the words in the third review to see that they mention something called SpamNet. Weren't we talking about SpamSentinel? Maybe you were, but the reviewers for HelpMeRick.com and PC Magazine weren't. They were reviewing a product called SpamNet from a company called Cloudmark.
A little confused? Don't worry... The fine folks at Mayflower clear it up for you on the first link to PC World's review...
The PC World review link is actually a press release from Mayflower that talks about how SpamNet, the underlying technology that powers SpamSentinel, received rave reviews from PC World. The PC World reviewer quotes never mention SpamSentinel, however. They just talk about SpamNet.
So let's recap... Mayflower uses a side navigation bar as an advertisement for their SpamSentinel product, and uses quotes from three reviews that actually talk about an entirely different product. Using that convoluted twist of logic, I could easily take any review of Notes/Domino 6.5 and use it to describe how my recent Notes website rocks and got top awards from the leading industry press.
The people at Mayflower never cease to amaze me with this type of slimeball behavior. Since they've never directly responded to any of their misdeeds ("ignore them and they'll go away"), perhaps a few carefully chosen words to their booth representatives at Lotusphere(!) might bring them up-to-date on their current standing in the Notes community.