O Rly? MySpace is now letting users know they’ve been phished. The only problem, is that their detection is wrong. I left a comment on my friend’s profile that included an image. It was pretty clear cut. If that is all it takes for number one social network to restrict your account, then we have a problem.
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Here is what the “You’ve Got Phished” notice looks like:
I understand that false-positives might happen. Perhaps this slipped past their QA. Not having a means to verify this or submit feedback, is a real shame. You’d think that MySpace would have a corporate blog to communicate changes and collect feedback, but they don’t. Rest assured, you can contact them if you want to advertise on there. Why not let users know (in the form of a blog) about upcoming changes. Bulletins and account notices like the above are weak, misleading, and feel like ads.
Has spam and phishing on MySpace finally hit a breaking point? All my messages and friend invites in the past year have all been spam. Frankly, this annoyed me because it adversely impacted my experience and coined mistrust in connecting with people on the network. I think that they are scrambling to find a solution and honestly, many users will be affected.
Before any pro-MySpacers claim they have an “aggressive” stance against spam — Prove it. Besides only having poor communication to solicit user feedback, I just received another invite from a woman in NY who is apparently ‘on cam right now’. Their apathetic and ignorant approach to resolving problems early (such as spam) is why users are turning to other social networks.
What are your thoughts on MySpace phishing and spam?