Random Facebook pages showing up in my feed

The other day, I noticed a few items in my Facebook stream that I hadn’t “Liked”. I figured it was a glitch of some sort. Then it happened again today. I went and looked at my pages and there 10 or so pages I was subscribed to I’d never seen before and would never subscribe to. For instance, I found myself a fan of Phil Fischer, a Christian musician that just completed The Tea Party Song and is asking his fans for $113K so he can get it played on Christian radio. I emailed him to ask if he knew how I had ended up liking his page, and will update when I hear back. If you check his Facebook page, this seems to have happened to other people as well.

I couldn’t find much else online about this happening to other people, except for this post on Facebook support. If this happened to you or you see any other info about it, let me know because I’m curious.

Random Facebook pages showing up in my feed

Locksmiths in New York

Bruce Schneier has a write up about lock smiths in New York spamming Google Maps with multiple fake business addresses. The result is a single locksmith showing up in every neighborhood in the city regardless of the location of their actual office.

I remember this happening in Somerville when we moved in a couple years ago, so I don’t think this is isolated to New York City. What other businesses would find this practice useful? Taxis, courier service… There’s got to be others.

Locksmiths in New York

Sending Junk Mail to the Credit Card Companies

A recent NY Times Op-Ed had the turn of phrase, “Credit-card offers came in the mail like confetti” and I chuckled.

Every time a credit card application comes in the mail, I shred it and fill the “No Postage Necessary” envelopes with the shreddies and send it back. I wouldn’t say I’m proud of this, but every time I do it, I giggle my motherfucking ass off. If I’m feeling especially cheeky, I fill the envelope with other household detritus like old keys or screws.

I don’t think I’m doing anything in the war on junk mail, but it is cathartic. Besides, I don’t think you can recycle the shreddies without them blowing all over the street on trash day.

Sending Junk Mail to the Credit Card Companies

Round Up of a Weird Weekend

I’ve been sick, so maybe this only amuses me, and if so, well, sorry. But this weekend, I came across news that spam was up, spam was down, spam was lucrative (enough), and divine intervention as evidenced by a seemingly unironic collocation of sentences from the AP.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she would consider serving in the Senate if God gave her the opportunity and Alaskans wanted her to take the job. The state’s senior senator, Republican Ted Stevens, fell behind as the count resumed in his re-election bid.

Round Up of a Weird Weekend

Does Spam Make Any Money?

3 spam posts in one weekend? Why not?! I’ve often wondered abut the economics of email spam. Clearly it was making someone money, otherwise we wouldn’t get nearly so much. So how much does spam make? Via Schneier, the answer is not much, but enough.

Spam is all about economics. When sending junk mail costs a dollar in paper, list rental, and postage, a marketer needs a reasonable conversion rate to make the campaign worthwhile. When sending junk mail is almost free, a one in ten million conversion rate is acceptable.

Does Spam Make Any Money?