20 August 2008 |

Bebo Spam On the Increase?

Bebospam I doubt I’m alone in this, but would love to hear any feedback from other readers – has anyone else noticed the levels of spam or fake friend requests increasing on Bebo lately? I seem to have gone from nothing to around 2 or 3 fake requests per week, with no obvious reason for the increase. I wouldn’t consider myself a regular Bebo user, and wouldn’t have thought my sparce profile would be much of a magnet for spammers or fake friends, so why the increase?

I’ve long ago got used to the fact that MySpace friend requests are very rarely people I actually know – if it’s not some new band it’s just a fake person with an unusually attractive profile photo. But Bebo has been pretty good about it until now. To give credit where it’s due, I don’t think I’ve ever had a fake request through Facebook, though their registration process does seem a bit more thorough.

Hopefully Bebo will tackle this quickly and get back to being the impressive social network that it has grown to be lately.

Henry Elliss

Managing Director at Tamar, I've also headed-up the Search team for 7 years.

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  • http://www.tamar.com.cn Aidan

    Well I got my first Facebook spam today. A ‘friend’ sent an message to my inbox saying facebook is slow because it is full – if you dont forward this message on to 15 friends blah blah.
    Surely this person has used email in the past 5 years. Who forwards on things like that these days. It really ruined my morning!

  • http://www.sciencefictionstuff.com/ Murray

    Hell yeah, I am official retired from Bebo. I absolutely cannot stand the number of fake friend requests. Also, lets face it, if you put Facebook and Bebo side by side, we all know which one is for kids and which one is a little more ‘mature’

    All the best,

    Muzza

  • http://Bebo Outraw

    Bebo is the biggest P.O.S. to come down the pike in a long time. Not only is their system screwed up as far as making/ viewing profiles go, they are allowing spambots to take over entirely. Most profile on Bebo are bots, but whey you report them, Bebo takes their sweet time about doing anything about it. Also, they allow hundreds of profiles with the same first name ,evidently with ZERO screening. Bebo profiled bots have taken over completely several chat rooms as a result, their fake profiles linking to pay sex sites, ruining everyone’s experience. Evidently BEBO doesn’t give a damn. Want to test this? Just TRY to contact them. They evidently do NOT want to hear from their users.. NOW, how screwed up is that?

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