App Store developers stuffing the ballot box (again)

App Store developers stuffing the ballot box (again)

Summary: App Store developers are known for finding creative ways to game Apple's App Store for financial gain.In July 2008 crafty developers discovered that changing the titles of their apps to include all spaces and/or special characters would make them appear at the top of the category listing in the App Store.

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App Store developers are known for finding creative ways to game Apple's App Store for financial gain.

  • In July 2008 crafty developers discovered that changing the titles of their apps to include all spaces and/or special characters would make them appear at the top of the category listing in the App Store.
  • In September 2008 developers were suspected of having proxies post positive reviews of their products (and negative reviews of the competition) prompting Apple to change its requirements for posting a review of applications in the iTunes Store. Users were (finally) required to have downloaded or purchased an application before being able to review it.

It appears that one developer has stooped to a new low in an attempt to promote an application: paying for positive reviews.

According to Wired Adam Majewski, developer of iPhone app Santa Live "appears to have posted a listing on Amazon's Mechanical Turk offering to pay $4 for the highest-rated reviews on Apple's iPhone App Store."

...all you have to do is download the application (1.99) and then leave a 5 star review for the app in iTunes or the App Store

(Tip: Wired Gadget Lab, TUAW)

Topic: Software Development

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  • Jerks like that should be banned altogether

    ... and really the community of programmers should step up and denounce him.

    Apple should make any manipulation of application ratings or rankings a license violation, punishable by a 6 month ban of all that developer's apps from the App Store.
    croberts
    • Be careful of joe jobs

      You have to insure that it's the developer doing it, not a competitor trying to shut them down.
      rpmyers1
  • Just wait...

    It'll get worse. Just like all the "freebie"
    downloads for Windows machines that end up messing
    them up. The iPhone is already suffering from poor
    applications, now the publishers/developers are
    getting as greedy and sly as any other platform's
    developers.

    Moral? Don't blame a platform's problems on the
    platform. That just doesn't answer the real problem:
    The 3rd party developers.
    Narg
  • Old Game, New Venue

    Just open up the white pages in your telephone book and look at the first page. The American Automobile Association has a good reason to be listed as AAA, but I also see AAA Professional Window Cleaning, AAA Cleaning Service, AAA Security, A ABCO Plumbing, A & A Enterprises... Pretty much the whole first page is companies who have purposely placed themselves at the top of the alphabetical list.
    MichP
  • RE: App Store developers stuffing the ballot box (again)

    Basiclly it is the same game. The developers count on the stupidity of the users. PC users who want every toolbar known to mankind and every do-this-thingy and then complain about their systems have no sympathy from me. iphone, well you were dumb enough to buy one, you deserve what you click...
    agohige