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Exit ArchiveArchive for November 4th, 2005

I have never liked Friendster very much. I don’t know why. Something about the design of the site, the way it works… being pressured to write nice things about people ( 🙂 )…

About a week ago, I got an e-mail from a friend who is already linked to my profile in Friendster. It was a “reminder” of his inviting me to join. Huh. I ignored it, of course.

So half an hour ago, Ken here at work asked me about Friendster and if he should join. He was asking because it seems I had sent an e-mail asking him to join. I never had, of course. Then I read an e-mail sent to me from someone else, saying he didn’t remember the first invite, but had gone ahead and joined thanks to this “reminder.”

The e-mails legitimately take people to Friendster to sign up. Or so I have been able to determine without creating a whole new account.

How did these e-mails get sent? Most importantly, how did my friends’ e-mail addresses get harvested?

I have to blame my PC. I only ever go to Friendster on my PC at work, since that’s the e-mail it uses to helpfully remind me that I haven’t visited in months. I have to suppose some kind of e-mail from them or appearing to be from them installed something on my PC that was able to cull my addresses and use that to send out the spam.

I sent them a nasty note asking what the hell was going on.

I hate Friendster. You can tell because I’m not even putting a hyperlink to them in this rant.