Monday, October 1, 2012

Warning: Don't Spam People on FB



I have never thought of myself as a spammer. In fact, I am one of the millions who simply don't like spam. But now that I'm blogging, I have crossed the line, without even intending to cross it. There's a list of people that pops up daily on my Facebook, asking if I would like to send a friend request to anyone on it, because we have so many people in common. Well, there were a few that had hundreds of people in common, so I highly suspected those people were bloggers, or people who liked to read blogs, and I clicked on a few of them to request the friendship.

Boy, was I w-r-o-n-g.

Today I signed into my account to get a warning that my 'friend' privileges had been suspended because I sent requests to multiple people who reported me for spamming them because they don't know me. For the next 7 days I cannot send friend requests. That means that officially, I'm now a spammer. But I didn't mean to be. A big sorry to the folks who thought my friend request was so annoying that they had to report it to Facebook, lolol! Sorry, it's just humorous to me. :) But really, I didn't mean to spam anyone, and certainly, I shan't be going that route again, and I am sharing the experience with my readers so that they can avoid the shame and humility that goes with a 7-day Facebook Friend Request Ban, not that any of you would be so silly as to do what I did ;) .

And the beat goes on...

18 comments:

  1. I have never heard that before! Note to self. Thanks for the advice.

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    1. That's because you're not a spammer, Susan. :)

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  2. I'm sure that has happened to all of us at one time or another. I had the same thing happen earlier this year. Hundreds of people in common so I thought they would like facebook friends for giveaways (some giveaways give you more entries when your friends enter too) so I sent off the requests only to get a 7 day block. I don't know why FB even suggests friends for you to add if they are just going to block your requests. It seems a little controlling to me. And what's with the people who report it. If I don't want to be friends with someone, I just ignore the request. No need in getting someone booted off FB because they wanted to be my friend. Geesh!

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    1. Theresa,

      My fellow spammer, I'm so happy to hear this! And now I know how the saying, "misery loves company" originated.

      I'm kidding, you know...sort of. :)


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  3. Oohhhhh, Rosey. I accidentally accepted a friend request from someone who sent me a message that seemed legit. Because I'm a blogger and frequently get friend requests from people who follow the blog I didn't think twice. Turns out "she" was a spammer thingie of some sort. Now I get about 100 spam comments per day on the blog. The internet, she weaves a tricky web!!!

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    1. Ah ha! A legitimate reason someone might have 'turned me in.'

      Sorry that you are getting spammed for real. That stinks, and it's hard to get rid of... I hope you get rid of the resulting mess really soon!!!

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  4. Wow - that's a new one. I am not on FB all that much on my computer and use it mostly on my phone. It's not as easy to friend someone from my phone, so I don't do it all that much.

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    1. The phones, though fun, do offer limited abilities (the iTouch too, for that matter). Though I'm not complaining...it's nice to be able to access Internet when we want, so I laud all of those little gadgets. :)

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  5. Once a spammer, always a spammer, right?

    Accidental spamming shouldn't even get put in a note home to parents, in my opinion. You're a victim of the system. And society.

    Know what really blows? You can get in trouble for networking on LinkedIn. As in, you are supposed to invite only those you know.

    If we network only with those we know ... is it actually networking?

    p.s. You're officially my favorite spammer, for whatever it's worth.

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    1. That is strange about LinkedIn. It seems to defeat the purpose of sharing your business with others who don't already know about it, doesn't it?

      I agree w/what Theresa said above too...why make the constant suggestions to like other people (on FB), if you're not really allowed to send a friend request anyway. After awhile the temptation becomes too.hard.to.resist. :)

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  6. You should have said, spam is something disgusting you eat. I am not a violator!

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    1. My mother made us eat that when I was a kid. It's been many years and I still haven't recovered. :)

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  7. It can be such a catch 22 sometimes. All of this social media encourages us to engage with strangers, but then you have all of these unwritten rules on what's cool or not, right? Funny on your ban. Take it as a rite of passage:)

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  8. thanks for letting me know theres possible spammers on facebook! rarely do i get spam however, as facebook isn't important to me as i use it for sweeping

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    1. I used to use it only for sweeps too, until I started this blog. Now I use it almost every day.

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  9. crazy..guess that is what happens when its free...we have no control..

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    1. Yeah, I'm not complaining, you're right. It's free, and it serves a high value.

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