Received my first social network spam, a mail through Bebo’s internal messaging system..
‘hey gareth i just noticed ur profile.. i might be visitin friends where ur from… i have more pics on my cam site.. its ‘homepagecam.us/cutie223′ …im ussually online. msg me sometime on there…’
Social networks are in one sense eminently spamable (hell in a sense they are spam generators), and in another – permissions, implicit trust networks, reputations, tagging – are highly spam resistant. It will be interesting to see how simple spam, and far more sophisticated potential networked ‘advertacks’ evolve. How long till we see offers of cash for product recommendations or access to FOF lists of popular social networkers..Or is this happening already?
Update: If you arrived here because you also received this message, read this.