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 Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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