1 Nov 2011

INFOGRAPHIC: Websites Struggling To Block Social Spam

For almost as long as Facebook and other social networking services have been around, spam has been a problem for them. There are more than a few reasons why spammers prefer to target Facebook users than email accounts, as one piece of spam sent through social networking services is 250 times as impactful as a piece of spam that’s sent via email.
That’s just one fascinating social spam stat that’s revealed in a new infographic published by Impermium. The infographic, which has a timely Halloween theme, claims that spammers who send spam messages through social networking services can make up to 10 times more cash than email spammers as social networking users often find it more difficult to distinguish spam from legitimate messages.
Since a user’s Facebook Wall is seen by all of their friends (and perhaps even more people if their Wall is publicly visible), posting a spam message there may lead to thousands of impressions, rather than the single impression that’s made by sending a spam message to an email address. It takes one full-time employee to combat spam on 5 million social networking accounts.
Of course, spam email filters have become more intelligent in recent years, meaning that spam messages may not always get through to the intended target. Another reason why spammers are targeting social networking users is that it is more difficult for authorities to catch them in the act.
Of more than 200 website managers and owners that Impermium surveyed, 84 percent have no plan to tackle social spam, while just 3 percent of those companies are tackling the social spam problem by using more powerful automated systems, rather than older rule-based defenses.

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  1. Really cool web graphic on spam. I never knew these guys had gotten so advanced with web 2.0 but with all the facebook hijackings I've seen lately no wonder. Hopefully someone will do something about this.

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