It was only a matter of time, but it looks like the marketing scumbags are kicking their bullshittery into high gear on MySpace. They’re breaking rules, mining personal data, and pretending to be peoples’ friends in order to get their names seen and their wares sold. It’s fuckin’ sick and manipulative:
Using special tools, marketers and people seeking fame on MySpace can game the system and take advantage of what experts call “unintended features” allowed by the Web site. These features include data mining of profiles on the site and automation of messages to members. It is possible to mine the service to pinpoint MySpace members in particular regions and with specific interests–a punk music fan from San Francisco, for instance. The marketers can then blast out hundreds of requests to their targets, asking them to join their network of friends.
Then again, can we really expect better of these people? They whore themselves out in every other way, so why not this one? And all these clueless Myspace users are adding them to their Friends lists without seeing if they’re actual people or not. Oh well.