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Facebook Spam Redux - Riffs and Licks
steelbrassnwood
steelbrassnwood
Facebook Spam Redux
So just after writing a few friends who'd written me FunWall notes (which I won't read, because to do so you have to install the application and I've been down that road already), I got a "challenge" from a friend to take the Princess Bride trivia test in Flixster (which I actually have installed and like, or at least, I used to like it). I took the quiz and submitted it before I noticed that there was a checkbox to "Send quiz to your friends," so once again, I was tricked into spamming people.

But it gets better. After I finish the quiz, it refused to show me my score unless I sent more spam to at least five friends.



This is not Facebook's doing, it's the morons who wrote this application. But they need to improve their monitoring of how third-party applications work.

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mary_wroth From: mary_wroth Date: January 23rd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yea, I've basically decided that unless an application looks AWESOME - I won't download it. And I have started avoiding all quizzes, for the same reason you state above. I am with you on Flixster, I kinda like it. BUT - despite that - I don't respond to any of the movie quizzes sent my way because of stupid behavior associated w/the application/sharing the results etc.

I still inherently like Facebook, but think 99% of the applications are worth avoiding.
kibbles From: kibbles Date: January 23rd, 2008 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You are right. I pretty much stopped the aps, never used one that involved inviting people to anything. It's ANNOYING.
elissaann From: elissaann Date: January 23rd, 2008 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't looked at Facebook in a while. I checked in this morning and took a movie quiz in a moment of weakness (or boredom). I succesfully unclicked the Spam Your Friends box, only to be told I couldn't find out my score. So I decided I didn't want to know my score.

Then it told me my score anyway.

FWIW.

No FunWall for me either.
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