MySpam in MySpace

Posted by: Jessi Hempel on June 15, 2007

I’m so over spam in my MySpace account. I logged in for ten minutes to check my profile and do some reporting this morning and I receiveed twelve friend requests. Because each one then arrives in my yahoo personal email account, I suddenly found myself deluged with email that my spam filter doesn’t filter out. Anyone else run into this? How do you cut it down??

Reader Comments

Pete Mortensen

June 15, 2007 2:04 PM

Switch to Facebook?

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In all seriousness, there has to be a setting to make it so friend requests don't get e-mailed, but that would cut off MySpace communication from the rest of your spheres. At the end of the day, this sort of problem is something that MySpace has fostered by encouraging people to use not just the site but actual user accounts as a promotional tool. When your new friend is just as likely to be someone selling AL-Natoral Vi4Gr4!1!, the actual network is devalued. It helped MySpace in the short run, but it will definitely hurt the brand long-term.

Staci Grubaugh

June 15, 2007 5:13 PM

It does help if you change the account settings to require other users to know your last name or email in order to send you a request. Although that may cut down on the number of people you may potential be friends with, as I have met some genuine people via myspace who probably still dont know my last name.

Otherwise, all I can recommend is to keep your privacy settings high, email notifications off, and occasionally monitor your account in safe mode. What has also worked for me is to check out the html code of backgrounds,images, photos, etc. on my page cause that is where a lot of users seem to get tricked into posting and spreading spy or adware.

Ben Arent

June 15, 2007 10:43 PM

yeap, Join facebook, i agree i find everything about myspace spammey, just like the way that most profiles are so hard to navigate because someone was let loose on the HTML. i only get porn spam, and most times they are deleted accounts when i check.

I find myspace is needed if only to be as a portal for my other work. I'm in the process of mirroring the style to be more like my portfolio, http://www.myspace.com/benarent to http://www.benarent.co.uk . the current HTML isn't great but its better than most customizations. I find all have there purpose, Myspace for random strangers, Facebook for 'real friends', LinkedIn for 'professional networking' Corfolot for 'design connecting'. Along with a website, but i have found that content is always a winner. (goes for portfolios and personality)

olivier

June 18, 2007 8:17 AM

switch to facebook indeed and advertise your new profile o myspace, inviting your other friends to do so.

if you're not 15 y.o. it should work.
worked great for me and i am a much better person since i don't have to login to mycrappyannoingspace anymore!

Jessi

June 18, 2007 9:13 AM

I admit, I haven't toyed with privacy settings as all. I'm a big facebook fan, though.

Maha, our intern, was just today reviewing the rules of Facebook etiquette with me. There's a book waiting to be written...

Smiley

June 18, 2007 10:57 AM

I finally joined the dark side and joined myspace, and I was amazed at how many incredibly hot and morally flexible women want to be my friends! You would think that explaining how I don't actually want to meet any new people but rather keep in touch with those I already know from the lame old "physical world" or "world 1.0" as I like to call it would be discouraging. But no, they keep trying.

Brian Blank

June 23, 2007 12:57 PM

It's one of the reasons I left MySpace behind! It was great to connect with some old friends from way back...even met my Fiance through it, but my perceived value of what it offered beyond an upgraded version of a Yahoo profile, along with all the requests to add women from other countries was all the more reason to walk away!

I am seriously contemplating Facebook as it seems more and more to be a great way to connect on the professional level. Just my 2 pennies!

Rob Young

June 26, 2007 2:28 PM

Doesn't it seem like a waste of time to have 4 different network profiles? Can't you spend the 3 hours logging in better? MySpace is essentially a spammed out dating website and gathering place for sexually deviant underage girls. Facebook should be commended for not allowing that aspect to slip into its platform. And what is with people on MySpace.com (I just visited it for the first time recently) those profiles are lame, and you aren't cool because you play a pop song and have a Louis Vuitton background. MySpaccessories I guess?
Doesn't it bother people that their young daughter may be on MySpace getting cyber flirts from people 10 years their senior? Intolerable in my opinion, but hey you need friends right?...

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