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  • dbinkowski 4:06 pm on January 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    My first Facebook spam! 


    Well, that didn’t take long. I was spammed twice today via my Facebook profile by someone named Andrea Rowe, saying that she likes my profile picture (flattery is my weak spot) and wanted to chat. She’s promoting a site through one of the TinyURL-esque sites and let me know that her username is “foxy_hotty”. Here’s her follow up message:

    hi there David, how’s it going? i wanted to chat with you, but they don’t have that here, whatever. if you’d like to, you can check out my other profile at http://snipurl.com/XXXXX my username’s foxy_hotty. we can chat there, just dont mind the bad pics, lol. soooo, ya, see you i hope.

    Yes, I edited the SnipURL ending because I refuse to give spammers free promotion or even worse, the click through. For those unaware, sites like SnipURL and TinyURL allow you to send truncated versions of URLs, which is particularly handy when you’re posting URLs to your blog (formatting) or SMS-based tools like Jaiku and Twitter (140 character limit).

    Myspace has been plagued with numerous phishing scams, and quite honestly, given the number of users on Facebook, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for Facebook spam to appear.

    Am I super special or has this happened to you?

    Update: I’ve created a group on Facebook for those of us who’ve been spammed. Feel free to join the party!

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    • kastle 6:32 am on January 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      First spam on my facebook account came from snipurl today.
      “Subject: hey, my name’s Meredith

      “hiya, you look pretty cool, we
      should chat sometime or something. im new, i dont really get facebook, but you should check out at the other site i go to, http://snipurl.com/1skel my username’s saucychicksta. Soooo, ya, see you i hope.”

      I thought it was legit at first but then it hit me when checked out the site. I usually don’t fall victim to these because its pretty obvious most of the time when it is spam. Very clever on snipurl’s part though and a very effective way to fool unsuspecting users on facebook who doesnt have a huge rep for spam . We should of known soon enough it would happen. Too bad she was kinda hot.

    • Oran 3:20 am on January 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I just got a similar message today! I’ve got dozens of spam like this on other social networks so I assumed it to be spam too. I looked at her profile and found it suspicious to have just joined two days ago, and have no friends at all. I searched Google and lo and behold, this blog post.

      Subject: hey there, im April

      “hi, i like you pic, you seem alright. maybe we can chat or something. i don’t thing you can here, but you can check me out my other profile at http://snipurl.com/*snipped* my username’s lil_bun. we can chat there, just dont mind the bad pics, lol. soooo, ya, see you i hope.”

      Very similar message, isn’t it?

      They even took the effort to create profiles in my hometown network, obviously it’s difficult to join my university’s network as you need a univ. e-mail account. Really not my type, anyway.

    • Anonymous 7:34 pm on January 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You are not alone, David.

      Thank you for making this into a blog . Because of this, I’m not clicking that sh!t.

      Buhu, I’m not hot. πŸ˜›

    • Anonymous 8:13 pm on January 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I too got similar spam, here’s the content …

      From Wendi Williams in Vancouver:

      how’s it goin’? i thought you looked cool, and i try to chat with you, but i can’t see how here on facebook. if you want, you should come over to the other site i go to, http://snipurl.com/##### my username’s spicebeauty. so ya, hope to see you.

      I did suspect foul play, googled the URL and here we all are!!!

    • mike 12:27 am on January 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yup, I got the exact same message from “Shauna”, aka “spicebeauty”. And no, I didn’t click through.

    • Anonymous 3:55 pm on February 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi how is there and me am just fine . as u know life is meaningless without afriend so i would like tobeg u to be afriends .bye

    • Anonymous 8:45 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      don’t worry bro… a get a mail that foxy_hotty told me the same thing…
      but in live messenger spaces xD
      good luck ppl

    • Anonymous 5:48 pm on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i got the same message too, for a few days now. and it hit me today to google it first (saucychicksta)and end up reading your blog. too much craft in the net..

    • Anonymous 5:58 am on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I received a similar private message late december from a Kelly Ward (the actress?) claiming her username's 'saucychiksta' on the social network he/she refers you to. Facebook is prolly a deceptive reference; that's where you were noticed. The profile pic looks to good to be true and the reason why you should follow the link is suspicious; it's the same kind of excuse like in those mails from a bank employee in Nigeria with too much cash on his hands. It's a phising scam to collect personal information to exploit. If I'm right, everyone that follows the link is shown a sign-up form for some dating service. Naturally the object is sex related and (more then) a few complete the form. It's a transparant fraud. The 'person' which tried to scam me still has a profile on msn. It must have been used for thousands of messages and one fellow added 'her' to his network. On his profile he describes himself as an applied-science engineer and network specialist with a clever & quick-witted sense of humor.
      πŸ™‚
      It's so funny, I get the feeling it's a scam as well.

    • Anonymous 5:02 pm on April 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ~hey there, i don’t mean to annoy you, I came across you’re profile in the search and you seem cool πŸ˜› I guess I don’t have much info in my profile here but you can check out my other page if you’d like to see more, http://******.net/?id=5 (my name over there is saucychicksta). maybe we could chat sometime πŸ˜› hope to check u soon, Desiree Cook~

      I believe I have something similar.
      Remember to leave your permissions and settings to private if you don’t want spam πŸ˜€

  • dbinkowski 4:25 pm on January 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Ethics, Social Networks and Make up 

    After watching Loren Feldman’s live show tonight, I’ve decided that I don’t want to bother discussing the Facebook/Robert Scoble incident. There’s nothing more to say than this – the site has terms of service and if you break them you can get your account deleted. Or in this case suspended and then reinstated. And Plaxo looks really really unethical and dishonest for asking bloggers to scrape data from Facebook on their behalf. Good luck with that auction, maybe the future users of Plaxo won’t mind turning over all of their information to skeezers.

    But I digress. This post isn’t about about public social networks like Facebook or MySpace. I was following, and later joining, a conversation between Chris Brogan and Christine Lu on Twitter about closed social networks. I think they’re the future now – engaging enthusiasts in a closed community makes a hell of a lot more sense, and is a lot more economical, than spamming around on MySpace or Facebook looking for “friends”.

    That’s what Benefit Cosmetics did. They asked people to join a private enthusiasts club to receive “special benefits”. No, this isn’t like the Sears thing; more like a BzzAgent thing, but on a micro level. And it was, by all accounts, a success: apply to be in the club, spread the word, get free makeup. One of the “Benefit Beauty Squad” tasks was to post videos to YouTube. Here, watch one.

    The title of the video is Benefit Beauty Squad (BBS). Fair enough. I get that you’re part of some group associated with Benefit cosmetics. I’ll give you a C for disclosure.

    What I don’t approve of, however, is this email that went out to the Squad:

    We know you love Benefit, now it’s time to spread the word. Your Benefit Beauty Squad project for December is to write Benefit product reviews and post comments about Benefit on as many blogs, makeup web sites, beauty forums, etc… as you can.

    Please note there wasn’t any mention of disclosure or respect for the communities in which Benefit asked people to essentially spam. Also attached to the directions was a list of web sites (boards, blogs, etc) where they would like to see them post. So, for all of the webmasters, bloggers and readers of the following sites — if you saw hype about Benefit cosmetics last month, you were duped:

    TotalBeauty.com
    Makeup Alley
    BellaSugar
    We Love Beauty
    BeautifulMakeupSearch.com
    Beauty and the Dirt
    Beauty Addict
    Beauty Blogging Junkie
    SheKnows.com
    MakeUp and Beauty Blog
    You Blog Like A Girl
    Deesse Magazine
    Her Fab Life
    Beauty Maverick
    SheFinds
    Hello Doll Face
    Girl Paints
    Glam.com
    Glam Blush
    Sephora
    Daily Beauty
    Makeup Bag.net
    Face Candy
    LA Story
    Beauty Maven Blog
    Product Girl
    Fashionista
    Raging Rouge
    Style Goodies

    Ethics? Who cares… as long as you look fabulous!

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    • LA Story 2:32 am on January 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting that you should post this. I will have to check my blog if I wrote anything about Benefit. I don’t remember. I am not part of the BBS (benefit beauty squad) . In fact, as a known member of the press/journalist/print&online beauty writer who has covered Benefit for years– they stopped even sending me product samples and have been asking me to write about stuff without me even being able to try it.
      Some things I know will be great — but not everything from every company is going to be hot.. and this is a case of not fair to those of us who aren’t part of BBS and also those of us who are legit journos of fluff (beauty & fashion). I can’t get a sample to save my life– yet the BBS can hit everyone’s site and do this?
      hmmmmmmmmm
      Stevie

    • LA Story 2:36 am on January 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      ps.. I am the LA-Story.com..
      just so you get the name connected to the correct blog. They asked me to write about something that I had seen and thought would be a great gift.. but when I asked for a sample, they ignored me.
      Do you think that makes me LIKE Benefit much?
      Do you think that I LIKE that you haven’t fact checked all of the sites you have listed as to whether they are part of the BBS or whether they have been spammed?
      Did you check with each site to ask if the people posting had gotten free makeup ? Did you ask if they were just contributors or legit writers (like online for a long time and/or in print?)

      That’s sort of important before you implicate my blog in some sort of plot
      Stevie

    • David Binkowski 2:42 am on January 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Stevie,
      I was in no way implying that you wrote about Benefit Products without disclosing. What I am saying is that if your blog was commented on by BBS members in December that the odds are most of them were spam comments, directed by Benefit Cosmetics to their BBS members.

      Dave

    • Stevie 2:52 am on January 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nope. No comments from anyone on the Benefit Cosmetics line. I watch my comments and the ones that get them are the odd ones- not the typical stuff — unless it’s smoking hot.
      I have found that Benefit has been very quick at sending emails and asking for posts.. but not so quick on providing product to TRY. While I have had a great relationship with them in the past, I don’t want them spamming or using my blog for their purposes when they counter what is journalistically fair. Not everyone’s blog is a journalistic effort. However mine is and they know that.

      thanks for the 411 though. It’s given me something to think about
      Stevie

    • David Binkowski 3:10 am on January 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate the return visit and info on Benefit. We should connect via email outside of the blog!

    • Chris Brogan 2:10 am on January 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      My thought here is that our trust levels are what are at stake. It’s not that social networks will go private, but that we’ll close down the trust networks long before we actually start sliding behind new ice walls.

      Interesting post, and I applaud your information here. : )

    • Shannon Nelson 5:50 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was on the receiving end of those overly enthusiastic praiseworthy comments by the BBS (otherwise known as Beauty BullShit…can I say that here? Oops I just did.) Anyway, what brands like Benefit don’t understand is that bloggers talk–to each other. We are all part of some sort of network be it Total Beauty, Glam, The Beauty Blog Network, etc. and we have internal message boards. When something doesn’t seem right, we ask each other about it and I remember when the question came out “Anyone else getting bombarded with positive comments for Benefit?” And the overwhelming answer was yes. It left a bad taste in our mouthes and I didn’t want to work with Benefit for a very long time because of that.

      If your product is good people will say so…no need to “hire” people to do that for you. Any brand that thinks of doing this, should be aware that there is always talk going on behind the scenes and bloggers are definitely watching what is going on. Don’t underestimate us.

  • dbinkowski 3:35 am on September 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Friday Night Fun with Social Media Taglines 

    I thought this would be a fun exercise is un-spinning the spin of the various 2.0 properties that’ve popped up over the past few years. It’s pretty simple — Take a web property and assign a tagline based on it’s actual use, not what they came up with.

    Here are a few examples to get you going:

    • MySpace: “I need friends.” (alternate is “Check out my rack/pecs!”)
    • Blogger: “Because no one cares.”
    • Flickr: “Stalking you and your new boyfriend/girlfriend/family since 2004!”
    • Digg: “News for the ‘white & nerdy’.”
    • Facebook: “No, Dad, I won’t let you see my profile.”
    • YouTube: “Miss it on TV? Chances are we have it here illegally!”
    • Wikipedia: “Who needs accuracy?”

    Of course, this is another installment of the Friday Night Fun series and is supposed to be, well, fun. Enjoy and feel free to add your comments!

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  • dbinkowski 3:27 am on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    MySpace copies Facebook; I say to CMOs:" "Don’t be ‘that guy’" 

    Trying to reverse the trend in membership, MySpace has added a new box to display members’ “status” and “mood”. Um, like, when did the 100MM social networking site become the “me too” of social networking sites? Oh, that’s right — when News Corp bought it.

    It’s so bad that people that’ve left MySpace for Facebook are now complaining about the bombardment of companies trying to infiltrate their world there. If you’re a marketer looking to do something with Facebook, my advice is tread lightly or come strong with good ideas. Don’t have a weak version of your site or app on Facebook that reproduces your app. It’s pointless. Offer me something I can’t get on your site.

    Twitter has an app that shows what I just posted on their site, which is quite possibly the second most useless thing I’ve seen in the past 30 days. The first, of course, being Twitter. If I wanted to tell you what I’m doing then you’d either a) be here or b) because we’re really friends I’d know because you told me directly, not me and your 3,000,000 “friends”. Twitter is a supplement for real life conversations, very few of which are responded to or matter. Do you really give a shit what I did last night? If you did, then other than geography, you’d be here. Sure, it’s great for voyeurs, ex-girlfriends and stalkers but as a tool it’s mildly useless.

    Let’s be honest here — because of marketer’s actions and trying to beat the Street, the future of social networks is the fragmentation of social networks, which really sucks for large media buying companies and agencies that don’t understand how this whole thing works.

    To relate it to high school, marketers are the assholes from the cross-town rival school, barging in to the chill party, forcing their bad jokes and obnoxious persona on the community that just wants to have a good time. See, when the big sites “sell out” the cool kids will find another place to hang. It’s inevitable, and unless you get it you’re going to be chasing the cool kids from party to party, telling the same bad jokes, hoping they’ll accept you. BTW — They won’t, and the band geeks kids won’t respect you because you chased the cool kids so hard. Sure, you might get a few to bite and will report back huge impressions, but the reality is that you’re damaging the brand long-term. Don’t be that generational brand. Relating it to music, don’t be NKOTB or Limp Bizkit.

    Bottom line: Don’t F the community for the short term glory and the sake of telling your boss or client that you get it too — because you don’t.

    So I’m going to ask you, Mr. or Mrs. CMO, who’s on a short leash – to not be “that guy”. You know, the one Droz rips for wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see. You’ve become the scapegoat, with recent reports showing your lifespan’s been shrunk down to 23 months. I understand that you want to make your mark, but the reality is that increasing the bottom line with insights, strategy and smart tactics are what works – not what makes headlines for right now… of course with no offense to those who’ve suckered sold and reported on all of those wonderful Second Life initiatives.

    Trust me, your career and brand will thank you for it.

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/MySpace_copies_Facebook_I_say_to_CMOs_Don_t_be_that_guy’;

     
  • dbinkowski 3:27 am on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    MySpace copies Facebook; I say to CMOs:” “Don’t be ‘that guy'” 

    Trying to reverse the trend in membership, MySpace has added a new box to display members’ “status” and “mood”. Um, like, when did the 100MM social networking site become the “me too” of social networking sites? Oh, that’s right — when News Corp bought it.

    It’s so bad that people that’ve left MySpace for Facebook are now complaining about the bombardment of companies trying to infiltrate their world there. If you’re a marketer looking to do something with Facebook, my advice is tread lightly or come strong with good ideas. Don’t have a weak version of your site or app on Facebook that reproduces your app. It’s pointless. Offer me something I can’t get on your site.

    Twitter has an app that shows what I just posted on their site, which is quite possibly the second most useless thing I’ve seen in the past 30 days. The first, of course, being Twitter. If I wanted to tell you what I’m doing then you’d either a) be here or b) because we’re really friends I’d know because you told me directly, not me and your 3,000,000 “friends”. Twitter is a supplement for real life conversations, very few of which are responded to or matter. Do you really give a shit what I did last night? If you did, then other than geography, you’d be here. Sure, it’s great for voyeurs, ex-girlfriends and stalkers but as a tool it’s mildly useless.

    Let’s be honest here — because of marketer’s actions and trying to beat the Street, the future of social networks is the fragmentation of social networks, which really sucks for large media buying companies and agencies that don’t understand how this whole thing works.

    To relate it to high school, marketers are the assholes from the cross-town rival school, barging in to the chill party, forcing their bad jokes and obnoxious persona on the community that just wants to have a good time. See, when the big sites “sell out” the cool kids will find another place to hang. It’s inevitable, and unless you get it you’re going to be chasing the cool kids from party to party, telling the same bad jokes, hoping they’ll accept you. BTW — They won’t, and the band geeks kids won’t respect you because you chased the cool kids so hard. Sure, you might get a few to bite and will report back huge impressions, but the reality is that you’re damaging the brand long-term. Don’t be that generational brand. Relating it to music, don’t be NKOTB or Limp Bizkit.

    Bottom line: Don’t F the community for the short term glory and the sake of telling your boss or client that you get it too — because you don’t.

    So I’m going to ask you, Mr. or Mrs. CMO, who’s on a short leash – to not be “that guy”. You know, the one Droz rips for wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see. You’ve become the scapegoat, with recent reports showing your lifespan’s been shrunk down to 23 months. I understand that you want to make your mark, but the reality is that increasing the bottom line with insights, strategy and smart tactics are what works – not what makes headlines for right now… of course with no offense to those who’ve suckered sold and reported on all of those wonderful Second Life initiatives.

    Trust me, your career and brand will thank you for it.

    digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/MySpace_copies_Facebook_I_say_to_CMOs_Don_t_be_that_guy’;

     
  • dbinkowski 3:13 pm on June 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    MySpace adds new comment features 

    For those of us tired of deleting profile tracker and marijuana spam on MySpace, there’s a solution: MySpace has added a few new features, including Block User, to the comment approval/deletion process. One feature that has me concerned is the Comment Back option – what’s to stop someone from writing a script that manipulates it to provide an endless loop of spam between friend networks? NO, I DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHO’S VIEWING MY PROFILE! πŸ˜›

     
  • dbinkowski 7:37 pm on January 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Don’t blame the parents, it’s all about MySpace 

    Ripped from today’s headlines, four families are suing MySpace because the site didn’t implement safety tools in time to keep their children from being sexually assaulted.

    β€œIn our view, MySpace waited entirely too long to attempt to institute meaningful security measures that effectively increase the safety of their underage users,” said Jason A. Itkin, an Arnold & Itkin lawyer.

    I certainly hope that if this case goes to trial that the attorney generals in the parents’ respective states go after them as well for neglect. That being said, watch for the demographic buying Helio to take a nosedive among parents buying for their kids but increase among perverts looking to meet kids.

     
  • dbinkowski 3:40 am on January 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    MySpace pwns social networking 

    That’s the attitude that Joe over on Techdirt is taking on Toyota’s attempt to connect hybrid owners to one another through a Toyota-owned social networking site. He’s equating it to the failed Wal-Mart social networking experiment. I completely disagree. It’s apples to oranges in my book. I mean, what teenager wants to admit to wearing low end clothes? A hybrid vehicle, on the other hand carries a completely different status symbol.

    Look, there are a lot of sites out there for social networking. My friends at Phonezoo are doing it through ringtones. Flickr does it through photos. Just because MySpace is the big player in this market doesn’t mean brands can’t throw their hat in the ring.

    In fact, I’d argue that brands have a right to this sort of property. Remember the Saturn customer appreciation picnics in Spring Hill, Tennessee? They were genius. Why not do something similar online? Who else can bring you inside information than the brand itself?

    Anyone else read Jackie’s book (and blog) for cryin’ out loud?

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  • dbinkowski 12:50 am on December 19, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Pimping the Band 

    I have a lot of friends who are musicians and want to know the best way to get their music heard online. The obvious answer is to set up a MySpace profile and add tracks for people to download and put on their page. But it takes a lot more than just adding “friends” and spamming them when you have an upcoming show. So what are other ways bands can get their stuff noticed online?

    There are a ton of online radio stations, podcasts, even vidcasts where you can submit your music for consideration. Granted, most have small audiences but there are niche shows on various sites that will accommodate. So what else is out there?

    Last.fm is a social networking site for music. Say your band sounds like, oh I don’t know, Smashing Pumpkins. People can search for bands that sound like SP and find your stuff if you sound like them. Pretty helpful way to get your stuff out, especially for those of us who are musically stuck in the 90’s. πŸ˜‰

    Phonezoo is a social networking site based on ringtones. My band has the 6th most rated ringtone for our song “Fallen” and 13th most discussed ringtone for our song “Wasteland”. We didn’t have to spam people (see: MySpace), bother our fans by making them pay or put out a press release to get noticed.

    The site is still in beta but it’s a great free way to get your music out there. I have to disclose that we’re currently a featured artist on the site, but we didn’t pay to be featured and they have in no way compensated us for talking about them here. So back to business…

    Most bands who are recording at small studios want to know how to get into iTunes. Most applications submitted by bands are declined, so don’t waste your time. You can, however, go through places like CD Baby who are authorized iTunes “uploaders”, meaning once you’ve sent them a few CDs and a check they’ll get you in. And yes, my band is on iTunes thanks to the aforementioned service. Again, no compensation.

    There are numerous ways of getting your band noticed as well. Google Ads work to promote your band’s shows, especially when they’re in a geographic region. They can work for CD sales when targeted at specific sites, too. My band’s site currently has Paypal listed as our low-cost entry into e-commerce, however I’m in the process of moving us over to Shopify, a free online shopping cart that not only does inventory management (hurry, the last few copies of our debut CD will be gone soon!) but also integrates with Google Checkout – which, through the end of the year is offering free transaction processing. By the way – if you’re using AdWords and spend a certain amount then Google waives the transaction fees anyway.

    Shopify does take a small percent of the sale, but the owners are great to deal with, you can get an immediate response if things aren’t set up properly, it doesn’t cost anything to set up and run and it’s easy to use — even the drummer can figure it out (no offense to Pete & Robert).

    Sure there are more online tools, feel free to add your faves as I definitely will.

    Don’t forget offline possibilities as well. Sure it’s hard to break into the record industry with payola and record labels working PDs every day, but there are ways to break through into the mainstream media without airplay. My friends in the Cobalt Party Revolution have had their music featured on a few national TV shows, 2 commercials and a movie trailer.

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    • Pelham 7:05 pm on March 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Some of your readers might benifit from some of the things on this site below.

      http://www.pelhamrecords.com

      It contains booking information for a lot of the clubs in the New England area along with contact info for promoting shows around Boston/MAss/NH.

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