Facing Facebook spam

One of the things I love about Facebook is that I don’t get any spam through the system. Sure, I get some friend requests from people I don’t really know and periodically get asked if I want to become a Zombie or a pirate.

I was quite surprised to get a friends request from “Sun Startup Essentials,” a fictitious profile setup to promote Sun.

Facebook friend request

Clicking on Sun’s name leads to a profile page touting free software and discounted hardware:

facebook sun startup

It doesn’t seem to be a VAR looking to drive traffic. At the same time, I find it hard to believe that Sun would do something so stupid. But the fake account is in Sun’s Facebook network.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is CEO of redesign | mobile. Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. His personal blog is at http://blog.agrawals.org and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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