Facebook Spam Question

by jasonsluck 12 replies
If an individual was to scrape email addresses from websites, and import them in facebook and send each email address a facebook invite via facebook, is that considered spamming? My thought is no, because you are not sending any emails directly, you are sending a "friends request" through facebook.

also on another level, would facebook allow this?
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  • Profile picture of the author David Bryant
    It's 100% spam. The fact that you scraped anyone's email with the intention of sending them a message from any medium is spamming. If the person you are emailing didn't give you their permission to do so, it is spam.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christian Little
    It's spam, no doubt about it. But facebook lets you get away with it.

    In fact, there's a few products I've seen that will do this exact thing - scrape thousands of emails off the web and then give you a pretty file that you can just import directly into facebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail Ogden
      Originally Posted by Christian Little View Post

      It's spam, no doubt about it. But facebook lets you get away with it.

      In fact, there's a few products I've seen that will do this exact thing - scrape thousands of emails off the web and then give you a pretty file that you can just import directly into facebook.
      Just because people are selling products doesn’t mean that they are not against Facebook rules. These scrappers don’t do well for friend requests though messages maybe. Harder for Facebook to track but not friend requests.

      Using scraped addresses might be a way to get a list of possible friends, but Facebook will stop you ability to send friends request if too many people reject you friend request by saying they don’t know you. They don’t tell you what that number is or even who rejected you. They just suspend you ability to request friends for a few days the first time then…
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      • Profile picture of the author Christian Little
        Originally Posted by Gail Ogden View Post

        Just because people are selling products doesn’t mean that they are not against Facebook rules. These scrappers don’t do well for friend requests though messages maybe. Harder for Facebook to track but not friend requests.
        I didn't say it was allowed, I said you can get away with it. Facebook doesn't really have a system in place from stopping somebody from importing thousands of subscribers. Yes it's against their rules, but they aren't exactly stopping you from doing it. I personally don't do it because of how unethical it is.

        Originally Posted by Gail Ogden View Post

        Using scraped addresses might be a way to get a list of possible friends, but Facebook will stop you ability to send friends request if too many people reject you friend request by saying they don’t know you. They don’t tell you what that number is or even who rejected you. They just suspend you ability to request friends for a few days the first time then…
        Hmmm...I'd be curious to know what the number is on that, does anybody know? I've read threads on other forums about people making hundreds of friend requests per day for like a month straight and they've never gotten caught by FB.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonsluck
    Ok Ok, I get it, its spam. Lets refine it a little. Lets say I have a female go on craigslist. She goes to the dating section, in the "males looking for females" section. She replies to their ads, they reply back, obviously she would then have their personal email. Multiply this times 50,100,1000, 10000000000000000000000. Then she imports her address book with all her new contacts in facebook, facebook would then send a friends request to her men she intially contacted from craigslist. is this spamming??
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  • Profile picture of the author indiatext
    i don't think that it will be considered as a spam...itz just use of brain...
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  • Profile picture of the author D111
    So you are having a female harvest email address from guys on craigslist so you can send the invites on facebook.

    Sounds like spam to me.

    I got spam warnings just for sending pm's to recruit people for a non commercial interest group.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv
    Facebook knows this and it will NOT allow you to do this. I tested this method.

    Too many unknown friends will reject your new friend request and too many will not open your emails and more emails will end up in junk folder

    So considering all this your account will be marked and restricted for new friend requests.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianSisko
    I'd call it spam without any shadow of a doubt. Just because you are using FB doesnt make it any less spammy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zachmo
    The purpose and how it was done is, spam.
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