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Enough of the Facebook Spam Already!
If I invite you to an event on Facebook to “Stop the Incessant Facebook Spam Events,” would you attend? Mark it as Spam? Or would you invite 3,248,079 of your closest friends to join our crusade?
I am a social person. I always have been. I am a connector. I love to meet other people. I love to network. As a result, I have a lot of friends on Facebook, Twitter and pretty much all of the other social media sites.
Lately, I have been overcome with Facebook Spam. Several times a day, I am asked for a vote or invited to some sort of event or crusade or party or something most likely thousands of miles away from my house and/or really not even close to the realm of what I might find interesting or worthy of getting behind.
Today there are two examples that really stuck out in my mind. That is two examples out of the eleven event invites that I received from people who I have never met.
The first was one an invite to a local Mom's Night Out event. Local as in Philadelphia. I live in Atlanta. Yeah…I am not going. That is not my definition of local.
But what I did was post on the Facebook page of the event and the person inviting me asking if the event was in Atlanta because at first I could not find where the event was located. No answer. No one responded at all. But I did notice that they were still awaiting 746 replies. Maybe someone else can get their questions answered.
The second invite that really kills me came just a few minutes ago. This is for National Don't Pump Gas Day or something like that coming up. I don't even want to get into the fact that this seriously will have absolutely no impact whatsoever on the price of gas (dude, people will just fill up the day before or after when what they really need to do is buy electric or ride a bike) but I do want to share some of the invite details with you:
366,701 ARE ATTENDING <<< These people will not gas up that day. I expect to see some cars with empty tanks on the side of the road, people!
45,292 MAYBE ATTENDING <<< These people will fill up if they need to or may already have gas or if they are feeling like sticking it to the man that day, they may just pass right by their local gas station
3,248,079 AWAITING REPLY <<< These are the people who have been spammed that will probably not open this Facebook email which, in hindsight, is what I should not have done. 3 freakin' million plus people!!
108,043 NOT ATTENDING <<< Mensa Members 😉
I am convinced that this was some sort of chain letter that was sent to people. They were all warned that if they did not immediately forward this invite out to 50 people, that some appendage would fall off or a puppy would die or cry or something equally as scary.
A special thanks to Eddie (I blocked out his clearly cool, rap moniker) who made my spit water all over my keyboard by telling people to get a fu*&$#g Prius. Touche Eddie, my backwards cap wearing friend. You will not be blocked.
But I have gone on a blocking spree. Sending me a craptastic invite for something that you probably won't even do yourself is no longer acceptable.
If I get an invite from you to your Aunt Flo's time of the month pity party and you have never met me? Block.
And if you have met me and invite me? Ewwww.
A vote for your dog to win a diamond encrusted grill for his otherwise cute choppers? Block.
Fly 2000 miles to see your kid's circumcision (true story, ya'll) and I don't even know your last name? Block.
So how do you stop the spammers?
Write them and tell them to knock it off?
Remove yourself from the events?
HELP! I have had enough!
Oh and please send this blog post to 5 million of your closest Facebook and Twitter friends. K? Thanks.