Tag Archives: dislike-button

Facebook Dislike Button Scam Making the Rounds

Some people were quite ecstatic today, thinking that Facebook finally listened to their pleas by adding a “Dislike” button. Sadly, they were mistaken. Not only has the social networking site not added the oft-requested button – the “news” of it being here is a scam that will wreak havoc on an unsuspecting user’s account.

Well-regarded security firm Sophos has flagged the scam as malicious. It is spreading in the form of links which appear to be from friends on the site, encouraging you to install a Facebook “dislike button.” The offending links will appear on your Wall saying (“I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!”. The messages aren’t really from your friends, of course. They’re automated messages from those who have already been duped.

The scam’s purpose is to force users to complete a survey contained in the app. Other than tricking you into completing a survey and gaining access to your profile (including the ability to spam your friends without your consent), there isn’t anything malicious or dangerous, thankfully. After a person completes the survey, they are redirected to the FaceMod site – a company who has created a Facebook-type of Dislike button. This button isn’t part of Facebook itself, though. It is simply a Firefox plugin. The scam does NOT appear to have any ties to FaceMod itself.

Graham Cluley (of Sophos) said it was the latest in a series of “survey scams” that included links to a video purporting to show an anaconda vomiting up a hippo. “Many people are giving permission for completely unknown apps,” Mr Cluley told BBC News. The surveys appear to be from genuine companies, he said. “As far as we can tell, they appear to be legitimate,” he said. “It could be that the firms are not policing their affiliates properly.”

Always be cautious when ANY type of message appears on your Facebook Wall with links to something that doesn’t seem quite “right.” Never give permission for unknown apps to access your account information.

Facebook Adds an Unlike Button for Pages

I know that some of you are addicted to Facebook Fan Pages and need the help of a twelve-step program. Every time I log on, I am inundated with requests to become a fan of at least twenty different things. Up until today, though, you couldn’t UNlike something without going through several difficult hoops. Facebook has finally made it easy for us to quietly disassociate ourselves from pages we thought we liked in the past, but have outgrown or gotten tired of in the here and now.

If you decide that you no longer want to keep Squishy, just scroll on down to the bottom-left of the page and click the unlike link. Early reports today claimed that there was an actual button on the embedded fan box widgets.. However, as I write this I cannot find a single one. At least I am able to unlike something now, though, without have to perform miracles to do so. This is good news on the privacy front, as well. If you’ve inadvertently become a fan of something in the past that you aren’t sure you want the world to know about now (with the intro of Open Graph), you can quickly and quietly remove yourself.

Many fan page owners aren’t happy about this move. If you want to gain a large number of followers, you definitely don’t want it to be easy for them to leave. However, most users are quite happy with this turn of events. After all, our tastes and interests change and evolve often. Shouldn’t our Facebook pages evolve with them?

L’eggo My Eggo!!

Wait. Back up. Hold the phone. Rewind a moment. PAUSE! STOP!!!! What the hell is going on?! No more Eggos?! Someone has lost their freaking minds!!

Kellog’s has had to close their Atlanta plant – the second such closure in recent days due to operational issues. They claim to be working hard to re-stock all of the stores that carry their famous waffles. But for now… there is actually a shortage. Many thousands of people are going to have to go through painful withdrawals every morning! This, folks, is a crisis of epic proportions!

Breakfast without Eggos is like… macaroni without cheese… peanut butter without jelly… Bert without Ernie! It just doesn’t work. It’s not cool. It should be illegal!!! I think I need a paper bag. So this is what hyperventilating feels like!

How are you going to survive your Eggo withdrawal? Will you replace your old standby with something new, or simply starve every morning until they return to your grocer’s shelves?

Losing out on Eggo’s isn’t even the only newsworthy event that has been written about in our community today. People are talking about all kinds of things. I hope you haven’t missed any of them!

Even the downloads center has been busy today! We have a few excellent new Apps for you to check out!

[awsbullet:eggo shirt]