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Identifying Facebook Spam

by Grant Friedman

on April 1, 2011

in Articles

Recently Facebook added a new feature that publishes a link to your profile whenever you like something on a webpage. Spammers took quick notice of this new feature and have created ways to trick you into liking their links. What happens is that when you click on a link like the one shown below, it will then take you to a page that looks similar to a Youtube video. When you click on the video, it will force you to like the page on Facebook. This will post a link on your wall to Facebook that will show up in your friends’ feed. The cycle then goes on and on tricking your friends into liking the same video or page.

This spamming technique is tough to identify and I will be the first to admit that I have been tricked as well. The problem is that the spammers often come up with provocative headlines that draw people in. Once you like something like this it can often be embarrassing when your friends see what you’ve been clicking on.

There is an easy way to get around this however. Just look at the URL (shown below) if it looks shady. Just mark post as spam.

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I hope this helps you guys out. I’ve just seen too many of my friends get tricked by this and it was annoying me.

About Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.