Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Facebook spam/viral letter

I got the following message sent to me by a friend on facebook yesterday:

Attention all Facebook membeRs.
Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated,
There have been many members complaining that Facebook
is becoming very slow.Record shows that the reason is
that there are too many non-active Facebook members
And on the other side too many new Facebook members.
We will be sending this messages around to see if the
Members are active or not,If you're active please send
to other users using Copy+Paste to show that you are active
Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks,
The user will be deleted without hesitation to create more space,
If Facebook is still overpopulated we kindly ask for donations but until then send this message to all your friends and make sure you send
this message to show me that your active and not deleted.

Founder of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg

I suppose it was only a matter of time... i don't use facebook nearly as much as a used to. Actually, i guess i never really *used* it, i just spent time there. Techcrunch posted the following funny video that pretty much sums up how i feel about facebook these days.

It was a novelty, its worn off for me, but i'll occasionally still use it as a tool when i need to send a message out to friends in a manor more trusted than email... and so my picture is next to my message. Actually, its less reliable than email, moreso now though that they include the message in their notification email, but a lot of people likely don't read them or have the notifications disabled.

In a totally unrelated note, google talk has added translation - this is very cool. You can now in theory IM people in different languages, and have google talk translate for you. Do i have any non-english readers that would care for a conversation???

1 comment:

  1. Agreed that Fb can be a bit of a novelty. I find it useful in keeping touch with people that I pretty much wouldn't keep in touch with otherwise. The peeps that I do keep regular contact with don't get any messages from me via facebook. Besides, I like to keep a copy of my interactions. If facebook ever goes down, so too does all my fb emails. Hmmm.

    By the by, that message you received is most definitely hoax material. Companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. can soooo easily keep track of their users movements (and don't think they don't) that needing to send a manual email (especially a typo-ridden one personally signed by the MD!) to see whether people are active or not is so redundant as to be laughable. Ha ha. Ha.
    Besides, ::no:: community site that needs members to generate revenue is ever going to boot anyone off after 2 weeks. 3-6 months, maybe.
    Plus, if they really need to speed up database space, they can just trash all your old wall posts. Really, does anybody really need those thousand odd posts sent a year ago?

    So, don't bother forwarding it to your facebook friends. It's a waste of time, database space, server usage and brain cells.

    Although, if more of this start showing up on facebook, I mite just stop using it altogether. At least I can better manage the crud that gets sent to my email addie.....