Of course the spammers, the scammers, the skanks and hos always show up at any party where they can get it. I had not been on Google+ for more than 48 hours before the first ones started showing up. I even made the mistake of putting a few in a circle called “Clearing” because we had so many common connections and I thought, “surely if we know this many people I must know this person.”
Negative (see the photo).
Really it isn’t a new thing. As long as a few people have been able to connect to the same space over a network there has been spam. Those lovely, empty accounts and messages designed to snare the unwitting surfer. In the good old days, USENET, BBS, and the antiquated walled spheres of engagement you could get kicked, banned and IP banned … the later meant you’d have to find another connection to get back in.
Why are we still dealing with this pestilence 30 years into this game? Why do we still tolerate, nay, validate this type of behavior? On Twitter spam had a face and it was a nubile, Asian chick. Some poor girls from the jungle corner of the planet are forever burned into our minds as “that’s a spam avatar”.
Google+ is no different. While Google techs and some failure of an algorithm which seems to be a few hundred tweaks short of a beta phase. No, I didn’t get hit by it but I’ve heard the nightmare stories already. People lost not only their G+ access but all of their Google access: mail, documents, YouTube … the whole ball of wax. Which makes me wonder, since I’m an Android would I have lost my phone, too? I suppose I would have lost Voice.
Frankly this concerns me.
We joke about Google being Satan, SkyNet and the brain of the Dark Side. In reality Google making a stupid mistake and punishing any user at whim could really screw your day, week or business. How many of you rely on Docs, Voice and Mail in your daily life? I do, hands raised over here. Meanwhile accounts like the one featured in this article seem to be popping up everywhere.
Hey, I have an idea!
What about doing what Craigslist does so well and what BBS’s and USENET have done so well for decades? Let the users decide and you work on the system of checks and balances where your algorithm can sniff out whether or not a user has been gang-banged for evil purposes. Why don’t you, Google, stick to creating some awesome tools, figuring out just how important real customer service is regardless of how big you are and let the users show you how to run social? In fact, you’d be pretty much a modern first! Facebook = monarchy, Twitter = oligarchy, Google = Satan.
Good day my friends.