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Bad News For AdSense Users Scam Spreading on Facebook

In my research in unearthing Facebook scams, I have come across scams that entice users to watch a video, check who viewed their profile, give free Facebook credits for games, see how many times their profiles have been viewed and more. However, for the first time I have come across a scam that is targeted at users and webmasters in general.

Facebook AdSense Scam

The new scam spreads with a message "Hello Bad News for AdSense Users – Check this out >>> [link redacted]" and is actively spreading on considering the number of updates I have seen.

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This new scam leads users to a website which offers them to monetize their website using "Clickbank Tag Clouds" and is similar to one of those "I made $5000 in a day scam" landing page. The website boasts that it has been featured on Yahoo, Google MSN, AOL, Ask Jeeves and Lycos. Though these claims might be true because of search engine listings and paid advertisements, these sites are definitely not endorsing them.

As usual, do not click on those links as they will just lead you to nothing and then spread to your friends too.

Flock Browser – Official End of Support

flock-icon-250x250The original Kingof social browsers is as good as dead. The Flock web browser will dieon April 26th. Back in January, we told you that Zynga Acquires Flock; May Take Social Gaming To A New Level. As you probably know, Zynga is the social gaming power-house behind Farmville, Mafia Wars and a dozen other popular social games.

What wasn’t expected by many Flock users, was that they’d be abandoned so quickly, without anything to take Flock’s place. I just received my End of Supportletter today. Apparently they made the announcement on April 13th.

Flock said the following it their FAQ:

Flock will no longer be actively maintained, which means you can keep using the product, but key features will stop working after 4/26/11 and over time the browser will no longer be secure as software updates and upgrades will no longer be provided.

Here was one of the immediate responses from the Flock faithful.

David S: This sucks big time! Zynga’s decision to shut down this fabulous browser is an outrage and should be condemned. I have officially boycotted all other Zynga products and encourage others to do so as well. … I curse the day they purchased the property …

Since Zynga has decided to kill the Flock browser, what do they recommend that their users do now? Here’s what they said:

There are many browser choices. We recommend either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

I think most people expected that Zynga/Flock would work on a new browser that is designed to work with social gaming. All bets are off now, but if you still want to use a good social web browser, I’d recommend Rockmelt, which gives you built-in access to Facebook and Twitter.

Warning: Young Teen From Egypt Commits SUICIDE Scam Spreading on Facebook

A new scam is rapidly spreading on , this time it is spreading through tagged photos in Facebook albums. The scam basically makes use of Facebook Connect to gain access to a users account and then posts enticing photos to their album and randomly tags friends along.

Egypt Suicide Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading with the text "INSANE: young teen from Egypt commits SUICIDE in front of web cam – Watch video here [link redacted]". Once users click on the link they are redirected to sign into Facebook with "gokasol" which is a Facebook application.

Facebook Permissions Scam

It then asks for permission to a users basic information, posting to their wall and their photos and videos. Once you give the app permissions, it will take you to another website where you will be asked to verify your age to watch the video. In order to do so, you will have to fill up a survey. This eventually makes money for the scamster.

In addition to that, the rogue app will now upload images to your album and then tag your friends with the above message. In the end your friends and their friends will see the wall update and click on the link. The cycle will continue till a lot of users are scammed by the app.

Since the scam spreads through an app, you will have to cleanse your Facebook account and remove the app from it. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

See Who Has Viewed Your Profile Event Spam Spreading on Facebook

Recently, I had written about Facebook scams spreading through Facebook events and it looks like the scam has now begun to spread rapidly. The new event scams is a new take on an earlier scam where users were enticed to click on links to see who viewed their Facebook profile.

Facebook Profile Events Scam

The new Facebook events spam also targets users with an offer to "See Who Has Viewed Your Profile?" in the form of an event. Once you click on the link, you will be led to some survey website and your entire friend list will receive an invite to the event.

Considering that all your friends receive personal notifications, this scam is bound to spread more rapidly. For example, if you have 100 friends, all of them will receive and invitation to the event. Now, if they get lured to click on the link provided in the event all their friends will also receive event invitations.

From the look of it, this Facebook scam has been annoying several users and I have already seen more than 50 invites being sent to me. As always, stay alert and don’t click on enticing links on Facebook.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Facebook Spam Now Spreading Through Facebook Events

For the past year or so I have seen so many Facebook scams  spreading through wall updates, direct messages and even Facebook email. However, for the past few days, I have been seeing these scams spreading through events too.

Just yesterday, I saw one of my friends post an invite on Facebook, and out of my curiosity I asked him whether he was scammed or was really attending the event. Turns out that one of his friends send him an invite and he accepted it.

Facebook Events Scam

Today, I got a similar scam invite in my notifications to attend an event called "How to really view who stalked your profile". Though the event might look legitimate since it came through your friend, it is not. A cursory look at the event details shows that the link to the event acceptance is not only dicey, but it is also suspect.

The event was also sent to 464 people as you can see, and a cursory look at the person who sent me the invite shows that he has only 464 friends. So this is basically a infection on Facebook which sends out invites to a users friend list without them knowing.

As always don’t click on links or event invites unless you make sure that it is legitimate. Facebook is a huge platform with around 600 million users so it is ripe for scammers and hackers to exploit the platform to gain access to your account and then infect your friends too.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

TweetDeck Launches Web Based Beta Client

is one of my favorite desktop clients for accessing and feeds among other social networking platforms. They also have clients for the , , and . However, the one that impressed me the most was their for .

TweetDeck Web

The TweetDeck Chrome App brought all the goodies from the desktop app to the browser. Today, TweetDeck has announced that they will now be allowing users to access TweetDeck on any web browser using a web app.

As we said at the time, Chrome TweetDeck marks the start of a new era for TweetDeck, with all efforts now focused on building our next-generation products as HTML5 and mobile apps. Since then we have been working hard, not only on improving the existing ChromeDeck experience, but also on bringing the same TweetDeck app to other web platforms.

TweetDeck Web will be available in a limited web beta for users which will be available as a standalone web site and does not require any downloads. However, TweetDeck Web beta will be subject to hourly limits because it will not be using the streaming API from Twitter.

TweetDeck Web will initially be opened up as private beta and users can sign up to get early access at http://www.tweetdeck.com/webbeta. The initial focus group would be users of browsers such as Google Chrome, 3.6, and Safari, with support for and Internet Explorer 9 being added soon

Though TweetDeck is taking a great step forward by taking their platform online, they are not the first one’s to provide a web-based format and several other services like Seesmic, Dabr and HootSuite already provide web based Twitter clients.

However, TweetDeck chrome already notched up an impressive 400,000 users in a short spam of time. It would be interesting to see how much dent they make into the market share of other services by launching the web interface for different browsers.

Twitter To Introduce Facebook-Like Branded Pages

According to Shearman of Marketing Magazine, Twitter is currently developing “Branded Pages”, which will be similar to Facebook Pages for brands. Details are scarce at the moment; however, these customizable pages will give brands more freedom to showcase content, and communicate with users.

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It will be interesting to see how far Twitter is willing to go with branded pages. There’s a lot it can potentially do, including allowing brands to integrate rich media content, run promotions, and track performance through analytics. However, it will also have to do a careful balancing to ensure that user experience is not unfavorably affected.

“It seems interesting and a natural progression, but I’m interested in the features”, Nick Gonzales, VP of Operations at Nervora Digital Media Group in the UAE told ReadWriteWeb. Numerous brands, including the likes of Dell and Starbucks are already successfully leveraging Twitter to drive sales. If and when branded pages is launched, there should be quite a few takers for it.

Twitter is no longer the billion dollar product without an actual business model. Over the past couple of years it has managed to monetize itself through a series of promoted products (promoted trends, promoted tweets, promoted account etc.) and firehose access deals with search engines. However, there is obviously a lot more room for monetization. The biggest challenge for Twitter has been to find ways to monetize its service without irking its existing user base. However, in the recent past it has succeeded in annoying both users and developers through its #dickbar and #dickmove. Nevertheless, branded pages is something that should be a lot less controversial. In fact, it done right, it should turn out to be popular with both brands and users.

Who Joined Fbooook first Takes Users for A Ride; Tags Friends and Annoys Them

My stream just went for a toss with people posting new wall updates which is sort of a competition about who joined Facebook first. First of all, Facebook does not usually publish information on when a user joined in their APIs, so it is highly unlikely that this app is accurate at all.

Who Joined Fboook first Permissions

Secondly, this app basically tags friends and also asks for permissions to post to your wall and gains access to your email account too along with tons of other information as you can see from the image above.

Who Join Fboook First Facebook Spam

Thought this app is technically not Facebook scam, it is definitely a spam and inaccurate app. I have also seen other similar apps like "who will get married first" and other stupid quiz apps which are deceptive at best.

There have been several similar scams in the past where apps were created to tell users who visited your Facebook profile and my Total Facebook views scam among other things.

Apps like these are dime a dozen and will continue to exist in the Facebook ecosystem. However, it is not really hard to spot the one’s that have spam written all over it. If you find it difficult to differentiate genuine vs bad links, you can always read our earlier article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Also, if you have posted an update like this make sure to delete it and then remove the app from your account. Learn more about How To Remove Applications from Facebook.

Twitter and Facebook Facing Downtime Problems

For the past couple of hours I have been facing problems while accessing both and . The site seems to work at times and is down at times.

Twitter Clients are also facing a similar problem and I have seen people complaining that their tweets are missing and that follow/unfollow is not working properly too.

Several users are also complaining about Facebook not working properly since Yesterday. When I tried it this morning it worked perfectly fine, however, right now the site throws up a blank page to me.

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I tried checking if it is a universal problem and it actually is. In fact during writing this post several of my friends tweeted saying that they were also facing similar problems with Facebook.

Twitter’s status blog says that they are aware of the problem and are working on it. However, there are no such updates from Facebook.  Hopefully, these companies are not making an April Fool out of us.

More updates to come…

Did You Like Google +1 on Facebook?

Facebook Like is for social sharing on Facebook. You like a page on a website, Facebook puts it on your profile page and your friends on Facebook check it out (maybe not). Though, Google +1 is slightly different. It is based on your Google profile. Whenever you make a search, you get a list of results and when you “+1″ one of those results, those in your social circle on Google also see those likes within their search. Is Google’s +1 any better than Facebook Like? Let us find out.
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Google has been showing social results within search for a long time now, and this is a step further towards making its search product more social. The social aspect here is not related to a social network, and seemingly, the +1 has that zing (think Buzz) to it that Facebook Like lacks. People arriving from Google search will bring in more organic traffic and will have more conversions into ads. This is an advantage over Facebook Like. Google has watched and learned from the failure of Buzz and from the success of Facebook Like. The +1 feature has a potential of topping Facebook Like.

This new +1 feature is also available for ads in Google Search, giving them the benefit of social sharing too. In addition to this, it is speculated that Google will use +1 to influence the ranking of your search results. All in all ,the +1 feature will be the most used addition to Google Search this year.

Check how Google explains the new +1 feature.