Facebook Reaches New Low: Spamming for Members


Before you start saying that MySpace is the slime of the social networking space you should probably take a look at this nice bit of spam that found its way to my inbox (courtesy of an email address I don’t really use any longer no less).

When I first got this message I was scratching my head and trying to figure out who the guy inviting me to facebook was. Then I noticed the small print at the bottom of the invite and realized that the reason that I couldn’t figure out who the guy was is that I didn’t know him.

In fact, he probably doesn’t even exist. This is simply facebook’s latest lame effort to increase membership. This is really a new low. Not only because they are sending completely unsolicited messages that are made to look like friend invitations but really are only trying to get you to register for the site, but even more so since I already have a facebook account and they couldn’t even be bothered to bang my actual name up against their member names database to see if maybe, just maybe, I already had an account only not using the email address to which they intended to send their spam.

Since I’m hardly the only one to have more than one email address this probably means that millions upon millions of these messages are now clogging the tubes and interfering with the cards, the chips and the horsies…

Way to go facebook. It seems like every time I turn around these days I see them doing their best to insert another foot where the sun don’t shine. It makes you wonder how many feet they have and how they ever got so limber…

About Oliver

Oliver Starr is a well known blogger, speaker and serial entrepreneur. His current blogging is focused on mobile technology and applications, green (eco-protective) technologies, and entrepreneurs and their companies. He is currently engaged as the Community Evangelist for Pearltrees.com, a new social curation tool. Oliver was also a professional cyclist and six time member of the US National Cycling Team.
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2 Responses to Facebook Reaches New Low: Spamming for Members

  1. Robert says:

    That’s Ken Rutkowski in the Facebook invite. He’s a real person, trust me. He runs KenRadio.com, an online roundup of news related to technology and media. He is a good guy, not a spammer. My hunch is that Facebook imported his entire outlook address book and sent invites to everybody.

  2. admin says:

    Robert, If I were Ken and Facebook was using my image without my consent, and further, had imported my address book and spammed anyone – anyone at all – I would be getting ready to take a nice chunk of all the money they’ve raised.

    In addition, I believe I’d be sending some unwanted letters of my own their way. Unlike Facebook however, mine wouldn’t be spam, they’d be subpoenas.

    Thanks for commenting!


    Oliver Starr

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