Monday, December 3, 2007

Why Would Anyone Be So Foolish ?

There has been a flurry of scraps on my Orkut profile since yesterday evening. The text of all which are the same.

HEY ITS DIANNA, FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ORKUT,EVERYBODY SORRY FOR THE INTERRUPTION BUT ORKUT IS CLOSING THE SYSTEM DOWN BECAUSE TOO MANY BOTTERS ARE TAKING UP ALL THE NAMES, WE ONLY HAVE 57 NAMES LEFT,IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE YOUR ACCOUNT, DON'T SEND THIS MESSAGE, IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR ACCOUNT ,SEND THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, YOU'LL BE SORRY IF YOU DON'T SEND IT. THANKS DIRECTOR OF ORKUT, TIM BUISKI. WHOEVER DOESN'T SEND THIS MESSAGE, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND IT WILL COST YOU $ 10.00 A MONTH TO USE IT.

I really don't understand what is on the mind of those people who actually forward such messages to everyone on their list. Seriously are the out of their mind ? How could someone be so foolish and actually think this is for real ?

Are people so desperate to 'Save' their Orkut account ? Just a few seconds of using that teeny weeny brain of yours would tell you this is just spam.


First of all why would Orkut shutdown ? Orkut is owned by Google, right ? Would Google just pull down their social networking site just like that ? On the contrary, Orkut is trying to expand, sites like Facebook are doing far better, also there is a huge competition in the social networking niche. So there is no damn chance that Orkut will ever ever close down.

Also even if Orkut was deleting accounts of spammers why would they resort to something as foolish like sending chain scraps. So what if bots and spammers send this scrap around to retain their accounts ? It still wouldn't serve the purpose, right ? It is true that Orkut is facing a crunch because of the huge number of spammers and fake accounts, in fact the Orkut developers are working to prevent spammers. Some of you might have noticed that Orkut has recently removed the option of sending group messages to members of a community. Thats is how we remove spammers, not by sending chain scraps. Also asking members to pay 10$ per month for using Orkut, thats a joke. No sane person would pay 10 $ for that crap, there are other better sites, right ?

Its not just this particular spam that prompted me to write this post , there a lot of such other spams messages going around. All of which can be identified as spam the first time you notice it.

So before forwarding such scraps, maybe you should think for a sec, you'll be doing the web a world of good, also you could prevent embarrassing yourself.

You should also look up the disclaimer from Orkut.


Update - 12/12/2007: There is this new spam scrap surfacing, supposedly a response to the previous scrap.

If you are still able to access your account it means that your account is made permanent. Your response has been great. Thank you for your support. If you wish to keep your account free forward this to all your friends. If u dont send you will be asked to pay to use your account. The amount details are as follows
1 month - 10$
3 months - 25$
8 months - 50$
- Orkut Officials.

I got nothing to say about the text, just the spam content. But then look at how the spammer has made up the price details. So a 3 month plan saves you 5$ over a one month plan, and a 8 month plan, will save you 30$ ( wow!). Also i don't understand the logic behind a 8 month plan, i can understand why they offer monthly and quarterly plans, but why would they offer 8 month plans. Any explanations for that ? Anyone ?


And then just see who's signed the scrap - Orkut Officials . I guess this issue has gotten really serious, it has moved on from Diana - the saviour of Orkut accounts, to Orkut Officials. But thankfully even these new people incharge seem to be very helpful. See how they send a scrap around to save us our money.

Keep the good work going guys ! What would we all do without people like you.

Cheers..

1 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

vijay said...

Ritely said....y wud someone be so foolish as to forward this stuff.....all scrpbuks are flooded with this scrap(crap, to be more precise)..
wat the fk even if your account is being deleted...did you put in your hard earned money to create an account....it was free na.....then wat the heck even if it got deleted....
brainless jerks.

 
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