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Facebook Black Hat Groups

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by DeadEyesOpened, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. DeadEyesOpened

    DeadEyesOpened Junior Member

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    Interesting article from Mashable:

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    Fact: Lots of Facebook friends means a lot of eyes and ears for your message. Once this became obvious, shady techniques were developed to amass a lot of Facebook friends or to get users to join a group. The questions are: how annoying this really is, could it become the next spam, and should Facebook do anything about it?

    Squaredpeg does a lengthy analysis of something we could call Facebook squatting: someone is setting up Facebook groups for incoming students of 2013 on various universities across the USA. The idea, of course, is to get real students to join these groups, which means whoever owns the groups can send them messages and updates. A lot of Facebook users actually do pay attention to these, which makes it a great marketing vehicle.

    I?ll point out to another - and even more annoying - black hat Facebook marketing technique. An often sought Facebook feature is the ability to see who is looking at your profile. It will probably never be introduced for privacy reasons, but there?s a group that claims you?ll be able to see this info once you join.

    This, of course, is a lie. This group is fake; the idea is to get people to join, forget about it, and then later the owner can (and probably will) spam users with messages. However, unsuspecting users who don?t know or don?t care about the inner workings of Facebook do not understand that what this group claims to do is impossible, and many of them join, probably thinking ?ah, what the hell, it can?t hurt.?

    What?s surprising is the scope and organization of this scam. There are literally hundreds of such groups, divided into individual countries. Each group has an admin with a carefully chosen name that fits the individual country. Each group has hundreds or even thousands of members. Whoever started this scam probably has tens of thousands of users ready to be spammed. From the perspective of the individual users it?s not that bad - you can simply leave the group if it starts annoying you. But the fact that these groups claim to do something that?s impossible makes their existence dubious at the very least.

    What can Facebook do about it? If someone chooses to create a group for upcoming students, not much. After all, no one can claim rights to such a group. However, if the user behind it uses fake credentials, and someone points it out to Facebook, under Facebook?s rules the user can be banned and the group can be dismantled. If a group claims that whoever joins will be able to log into other people?s profiles (or any similar nonsense), Facebook can probably ban them on common sense grounds. However, I can easily imagine situations where it?ll be hard to decide whether the group is legitimate or just a vehicle for spam.

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    So who here on BHW is facebook marketing? And is it working for you?

    No need to share your method, just some general comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. jmhmedia

    jmhmedia Junior Member

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    Wow, that's a great idea. That's someone really looking into the future to make money!
     
  3. affiliatex

    affiliatex Newbie Premium Member

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    Why the limit of 20 per day? i don't seem to have a problem adding several friends, yet again I have not tried more than 20 per day.
     
  4. pyronaut

    pyronaut Executive VIP

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    Lol. Well then why say you have no problem with it :p

    I had a go at spamming groups a while back (Not quite the same) and it worked somewhat ok.

    I agree with the application post. Applications in my mind will make far more money then any "group" or "friend" spam can garnish.
     
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    affiliatex Newbie Premium Member

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    Sorry, just my 2 cents. i have never tried mass friend adding but it seems it would be a pain. Actually i'm not a big FB guru. I tried a few ads once and kept getting rejected for total BS reasons. Became IMO too much of a hassle. I'm probably leaving money on the table there but hey... only so many things one can keep up with in a day :)
     
  6. MontyzPython

    MontyzPython BANNED BANNED

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    I actually wrote about this http://www.montysmegamarketing.com/facebook-class-of-2013-scandal-is-unfolding.

    It's a pretty ingenious idea...they just didn't execute it very well.
     
  7. beefsupreme

    beefsupreme Junior Member

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    Are Facebook apps really useful nowadays? A year or so back I think they would've been because you were allowed to implement the "Invite 20 or more friends" thing, but nowadays I rarely get any app invites and I don't really use any apps myself either. This is just me personally though.

    But I imagine it's harder to spread your apps and make people use them today compared to 1-2 years ago.
     
  8. sereja

    sereja Newbie

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    Facebook apps are great, and tons of people still use them. The best thing to do is to install a point system, where games cost points to play. Each player gets a certain amount of points per day, and if they want any more, they have to do whatever you think is best (CPA offers anyone??).

    This can be highly profitable if you do it right.