MySpace recently shut down all of the major providers of automated MySpace marketing applications or "robots". What started as a great tool for small businesses had become a spammer’s paradise. Instead of targeted and ethical marketing campaigns MySpace quickly became polluted with everything from free gift card scams to adult web cam sites. Add this to the increasing problem of MySpace accounts being phished and members found themselves receiving huge amounts of advertisements from deceivingly fake profiles. My profile receives up to 500 messages each day with 99% of them clearly coming from automated software or phishing campaigns.
So in the end its a big win for MySpace and the community however a lot of work is still needed to protect its members. They have added spam tagging to messages but just like an ISP they need filters to stop the flow before it arrives to a member. If someone sends the same exact email 500 times a day, that should probably be a clue to shut down the account.
Here is the dead pool so far:
Space Promoter seems to be have been the main target for MySpace who according to the blogoshere asked for the following terms to avoid a lawsuit:
- Turn over the domain spacepromoter.com to MySpace
- Owner can’t update or support the program
- Owner can’t talk about MySpace marketing or anything against their TOS again
- They wanted 100% of the profits (supposedly this was talked down to 50%)
- Owner can’t use MySpace or another Fox News web site ever again
- Turn over customer list.
I contacted the owner Joseph Tierney to verify this info but have not received a reply as of yet. He had contacted me some time back for help promoting his new application and while it was certainly a very creative tool it was too spam friendly for me. In a few minutes you could create 100’s of fake profiles and post all your advertisements and tricky links with great automated ease. Thanks to this software MySpace now has millions of fake profiles among its ranks which can easily distort some of its total member numbers. Their legal problems (real or not) caused a cascade throughout business and the other sites closed within a few weeks of each other. For MySpace this is much cheaper than a day in court and overall better for the community itself.
RIP little robots…
Ratings: (on a scale of 1-5 hams)
- Social Networking
- News Corp’s Wrath
- Thanks for the Add!
**Update 04/11 – Badder Adder application is now down as well, it had continued to work even after they closed shop. They recently lost their domain due to the closing of registerfly which I’m sure has caused massive problems for others as well. They are in the process of getting the domain back now but its going to be a few days. The software makes a DNS call to badderadder.com to check the serial number before letting you proceed to using it. Registered users are now getting messages that their 30 min trial has expired.