Bad News For Facebook
Filed under: Social Networking |
Myspace really started going downhill when it was overtaken by spammers pushing Macy’s giftcards. The problem even got so bad that they ended up collecting over $200 million in statutory damages from two of the responsible spammers. Personally, I stopped using Myspace almost entirely when I started getting more spam messages than real one’s, sometime in late 2006. I can’t help but wonder how many million other social networkers switched to Facebook for the same reason. Here is the typical Macy’s spam that caused so many problems for Myspace:
So far Facebook has done a great job avoiding a similar fate. While many applications on FB are annoying and could be used for nefarious purposes, it hasn’t been much of a problem so far. I’ve feared for a while that spammers would find a way to invade Facebook in much the same way. When I signed on this morning, here is what I saw:
Hopefully Facebook is not overwhelmed by Macy’s (and other) spam in the same way Myspace was. Today’s development is not encouraging.