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"Dislike" Button Scam Hits Facebook Users

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the i-dislike-this dept.

Security 179

An anonymous reader writes "A message saying 'I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!' is spreading rapidly on Facebook, tempting unsuspecting users into believing that they will be able to "dislike" posts as well as "like" them. However, security researchers say that it is just the latest 'survey scam', tricking Facebook users into into giving a rogue Facebook application permission to access their profile, and posting spam messages from their account. The rogue application requires victims to complete an online survey (which makes money for the scammers) before ultimately redirecting to a Firefox browser add-on for a Facebook dislike button developed by FaceMod. "As far as we can tell, FaceMod aren't connected with the scam — their browser add-on is simply being used as bait," says Sophos security blogger Graham Cluley."

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Mod the post (4, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262912)

-1 "Dislike"

Re:Mod the post (-1, Redundant)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262964)

My feelings too. Why should I care about the scuttlebutt of the internet.

Re:Mod the post (5, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263180)

Why should I care about the scuttlebutt of the internet.

Don't know about you, but a lot of my friends use it, and guess who gets to clean up the mess every time they fall for something like this.

Re:Mod the post (4, Insightful)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263228)

I don't know... are they responsible for themselves?

Oh, that's right, they never have to learn because you'll be there to fix the problem every time.

Re:Mod the post (5, Insightful)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263250)

It takes a village to raise an idiot...

!news (5, Insightful)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263874)

This article isn't really news. It seems that there is *always* something like this happening. Facebook is the perfect place for scams to happen. It's basically the new AOL.

You have many amateur users who don't understand the first thing about security, and you have millions of them. Millions! Make something that looks slightly "official," and you've got it made. (Remember the old antivirus popups on websites?)

We basically have a conglomerated database of targets for any exploit in a system that changes its layouts and features so frequently that no one can ever recognize that something looks a little off...

mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263896)

n/t

Re:Mod the post (3, Funny)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264062)

... but it only takes a B-52 to raze a village.

Re:Mod the post (3, Funny)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264138)

Love Shack, baby!

Re:Mod the post (-1, Troll)

CeruleanDragon (101334) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264116)

That's why in some cases, stoning should be OK.

Re:Mod the post (1, Troll)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264558)

It takes a village to raise a child, it only takes a child with matches to raze a village.

Re:Mod the post (1)

dunezone (899268) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263582)

And charge them every time.

Re:Mod the post (1)

jonoid (863970) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264196)

The thing is that this is such an easy thing to identify as a scam. I noticed on my news feed about this, clicked the link and was redirected to a "click here to enable this button" page that was pure text, no Facebook log or anything. So obviously a scam of some sort that I cant believe anyone would fall for this sort of thing.

Re:Mod the post (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263454)

Don't know about you, but a lot of my friends use it, and guess who gets to clean up the mess every time they fall for something like this.

Want some cheese with that whine?

Re:Mod the post (1, Insightful)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263654)

Yes, please. Swiss. Just the holes (they taste better), if you don't mind, and even if you do. Thanks for asking.

Re:Mod the post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263480)

guess who gets to clean up the mess every time they fall for something like this

Nobody?

Re:Mod the post (3, Insightful)

cjjjer (530715) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263938)

I used to do this as well till I got tired of "fixing" my families and friends computers all the time. I stopped and when they had issues told them to take it to XYC company to get it fixed as I was "busy" a nice big fat bill and in some cases losing all their files made them think a bit more about security and "just clicking on any-old-thing".

Re:Mod the post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264466)

Why should I care about the scuttlebutt of the internet.

Don't know about you, but a lot of my pro bono clients use it, and guess who gets to clean up the mess every time they fall for something like this.

FTFY.

Re:Mod the post (1)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264588)

Start charging them going rates and I'll bet you they become a lot more interested in security...

Re:Mod the post (4, Insightful)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263292)

Because they get their machines taken over.
A bot-net gets bigger.
A granny can't use her machine.
Evil porn is served up from Teh Gran Machine.
The state kick down Gran's door and take her away.
Gran gets 30 years in jail. She's 96.

I missed out profit & base ownership claims. It is all bad for Gran.

Re:Mod the post (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264088)

Given that there's a 50% chance that all Gran does is forward teabagger garbage on FB, fuck Gran.

Re:Mod the post (1)

CeruleanDragon (101334) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264144)

Oh come on... there's gotta be *some* way to make profit in all of that... maybe steal her underwear while she's in jail? (yes, South Park reference, not meant to be dirty)

Re:Mod the post (1)

kenj0418 (230916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264722)

Gran gets 30 years in jail. She's 96.

I missed out profit ...It is all bad for Gran.

I don' t know - sounds like free nursing home care to me. I'll have to remember this strategy for later.

Re:Mod the post (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263556)

You're obviously not a sailor. The scuttlebutt is a good place to hang out, hear the gossip, swap lies, learn irrelevant stuff, and get a drink, while avoiding work.

Oh - wait - maybe you have it right after all?

Re:Mod the post (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263628)

yes that was exactly my use of the word. You just can't quench your thirst there.

Re:Mod the post (-1, Offtopic)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263112)

More importantly - when is slashdot going to implement the '-1 Retarded' mod?

I can't help but think that Facebook users deserve this sort of thing, same as people still using IE6 are saying "I work for a big company that doesn't upgrade - steal my data, it's not like anyone will notice until after you've sold it, and our defense will be "gee, we're fully patched and using best industry security patches!".

Re:Mod the post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263322)

There is a working Dislike button actually:

http://not-like.com/ [not-like.com]

Re:Mod the post (0, Offtopic)

Luis_Carlos_Torrao (1879858) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263492)

Cool ______________________ Luis Torrao http://www.luistorrao.com/ [luistorrao.com]

Re:Mod the post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263962)

Did you just try to promote your underconstruction website?

News? (3, Informative)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262932)

Been going on for months.

HAHAHAH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33262944)

I just saw this on FB !!!

Facebook is a Ponzi scheme (1, Interesting)

hessian (467078) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262978)

1. Set up really popular new big thing!
2. Have 500 million morons congregate.
3. They do ??? which is important because ???
4. Sell ads for products they probably don't purchase because they're just goofing off on the internet because they're too broke to go do something fun instead.
5. ???
6. Profit!

Re:Facebook is a Ponzi scheme (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263068)

While your little list doesn't really make any sense, I do agree that Facebook doesn't currently have a sustainable business model. However, how does any of that equate to a Ponzi Scheme? Or do you have absolutely no idea what that means, and just thought it sounded good?

Re:Facebook is a Ponzi scheme (1, Redundant)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263286)

They could easily sustain themselves with targeted advertising. Assuming, of course, they do it right.

Re:Facebook is a Ponzi scheme (4, Funny)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263150)

Uhuh. The you don't know what a Ponzi scheme is, and it's the *facebook* users that are the morons... riiiight.

Re:Facebook is a Ponzi scheme (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263190)

Uhuh. The you don't know what a Ponzi scheme is, and it's the *facebook* users that are the morons... riiiight.

The you don't know how to write the English, and he is the morons.... riiight.

Re:Facebook is a Ponzi scheme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263762)

Though sadly he is right, I sure didn't see anything that was Ponzi-esk in that post.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponzi_scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned.

Did he say anything about paying investors? No? Didn't think so.

Dislike (4, Funny)

geekgirlandrea (1148779) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262980)

Can I just have a 'Dislike' button for all of Facebook, please?

Actually, I think I'll take a 'Tactical Nuclear Strike' button instead, now that I think of it.

Re:Dislike (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263074)

There's a Safari addon called 'defacer' which removes all Facebook buttons and links from every page that you visit (I've not tried it, I just noticed it the other day). Presumably there are similar things for other browsers...

Easiest way to black facebook (3, Informative)

nephridium (928664) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263738)

..or you could simply add "127.0.0.1 facebook.com" to your hosts [wikipedia.org] file - one little tweak, works on every OS, on every browser. The cleanest way for all those who just don't care much for it.

(Btw if you're using localhost as a webserver it's probably better to use 0.0.0.0 for all you annoyance blocking needs instead)

Re:Easiest way to black facebook (1)

ekwhite (847167) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264082)

Excellent advice. A little edit with Notepad, and its done. Of course, my Hosts file is over 600 kB...

Re:Easiest way to black facebook (2, Insightful)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264090)

I always see that claim that a hosts file works on every OS and every browser. People always seem to forget that if you are using a proxy server (for example at work), the hosts file is ignored. The proxy server controls what the address is. So the hosts file thing works perfectly (and I use it) at home where I don't have to go through a proxy. But it is useless at work (and yes, there are things I would like to block there too - and random facebook and twitter buttons on pages are indeed some of them).

Re:Easiest way to black facebook (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264484)

I always see that claim that a hosts file works on every OS and every browser. People always seem to forget that if you are using a proxy server (for example at work), the hosts file is ignored. The proxy server controls what the address is. So the hosts file thing works perfectly (and I use it) at home where I don't have to go through a proxy. But it is useless at work (and yes, there are things I would like to block there too - and random facebook and twitter buttons on pages are indeed some of them).

Use NoScript and block Facebook/Twitter.

Re:Easiest way to black facebook (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264234)

You can also just go to a country where facebook is blocked (like China or Pakistan.)

Re:Dislike (2, Informative)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264420)

I just have the following AdBlock Plus rules...

facebook.com$third-party,~domain=fbcdn.net
fbcdn.net$third-party,~domain=facebook.com

Re:Dislike (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263108)

Yes you can. You can have both of them.
It will lead you to another bit of malware. Best not click on anything.

Ever. At all. Never again. version 2.3.this.time.'it's'.personal

Re:Dislike (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263132)

Actually, I think I'll take a 'Tactical Nuclear Strike' button instead, now that I think of it.

Unable to comply. Ghost Academy required.

Re:Dislike (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263626)

No, it's a Science Facility with Covert Ops, and a Nuclear Silo attached to your Command Center. ...whaddya mean, "There's a second one."?

Re:Dislike (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264000)

There is another system.

Re:Dislike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263732)

broodwar today, broodwar tomorrow, broodwar forever

Re:Dislike (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263144)

I believe the hotkey is "N"

And? (5, Insightful)

meisenst (104896) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262982)

This is not new news, really. There is always some scam going around that takes advantage of the inability of most users to distinguish untrusted content from trusted content, not to mention the people who click Yes to every pop-up without understanding what they've just done.

Facebook is a gold mine for scams like this. There are way too many people using the site that don't care about the dangers. Apathy and ignorance are best ways to spread this kind of thing, and they are found aplenty in any social networking crowd, at least when it comes to the technology behind the social aspect.

Re:And? (5, Interesting)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263116)

It's not that they don't care, it's that they can't percieve what's real content and not - because they don't have a model of the underlying structure beyond the surface of the content.

Re:And? (0, Flamebait)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263564)

It's not that they don't care, it's that they can't percieve what's real content and not - because they don't have a model of the underlying structure beyond the surface of the content.

Disagree with the conclusion in that facebook itself is a filter that only passes non-real content. Its not a lack of underlying structural knowledge or merely being superficial, but herd behavior and poor taste. From the crowd that brought us pet rocks, bell bottom jeans, and beige McMansions.

Re:And? (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263684)

In this case, specifically:
What's a browser extension?
But the button appears inside the facebook page, so it's "on the web page" and not on my computer...
It's facebooks system, if there's a virus loose in their system it's their problem not mine!
How can it send spam messages? Can a virus click the "send" button? But I'd notice if my mouse cursor would move, and I turn my computer off at night!
How can someone possibly make money off stuff that's in the phone book? You're just being hysterical. What do you mean "data mining algorithms"? I'm being ripped off by the dwarven mafia now?
Etc., I'm sure you can imagine more things along that vein...

Re:And? (3, Interesting)

rufty_tufty (888596) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264532)

I think that's harsh to most users.
In this day and age we expect to be able to do most things without understanding the fundamentals that they are built on.
How many people who use a bank/have a mortgage have a degree in economics and accounting?
How many people who drive a car can strip the engine down to component parts and successfully rebuild it.
How many software engineers can architect a modern CPU right down to the logic synthesis and asic layout complete with timing closure and dealing with sub micron silicon effects such as crosstalk and antenna diodes.
You shouldn't need to have the underlying structural knowledge of everything in order to accomplish common everyday tasks. Tools for staying in touch with friends are tools to help a common everyday task.

As long as facebook aims itself at novices to the web then it should be usable by newbies. Being a clueless novice is not a crime, we've all been there. Facebook is sold to many as one of the reasons to start going on the web, but yet is one of the most dangerous places for new people to play about with,
I blame those who run facebook not the users.
So yes I am on facebook because it is a great place to tag photos of people and because almost all my friends are on it so it's a good way keep up with people who you don't see as often as you'd like. I don't think that means that I am about to buy a pet rock because I am on facebook to be tagged in photos, get invited to parties, be reminded of birthdays, and be informed that my old friend from Uni has just had a baby.

Re:And? (1)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264624)

Well said, and explains the entire reason behind these scams (also pretty much explains every situation in which someone gets taken advantage of in an area they know little about). The real question now is what to do about it.

Re:And? (3, Interesting)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263148)

This one gets bonus points for spreading by appealing to the dark side of human nature with their offer of a new and exciting way to threadcrap. As if random popup ads don't snare enough people, now they are out there with an appealing product (at face value anyway) that users have to actively resist. Just when the idea of Facebook itself as a scam was gaining traction, now we have this shit-sandwich-deep-fried-in-vomit craze sweeping the 'tubes. The internet is doomed!

Imminent death of the Net predicted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263324)

Oh, noes! Where oh where have I seen that before...?

Re:And? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263506)

This is not new news, really. There is always some scam going around that takes advantage of the inability of

In comparison to someone winning the world pinball championship, this definitely is news!

Re:And? (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264668)

And - here's the real moral of the story:

If your users request a feature often and with a passion, you either give it to them, or someone else does :D

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33262986)

-dislike-

I dislike (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33262992)

everyone of you jerks who beat me to the coveted 'first post'. I dislike you all, a lot.

In other news (4, Insightful)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 4 years ago | (#33262996)

3295671st variation of "I love you" malware appeared online affecting mostly dumb BFUs.

The only thing that's surprising... (4, Insightful)

phormalitize (1748504) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263060)

is that this sort of thing happens as infrequently as it does - this type of baiting is so effective and requires such a small amount of effort by the scammers.

It's not a Facebook problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263118)

The scam hits Firefox + Facebook users, not Facebook users.

Nothing will happen if they're using IE, Safari, Chrome or Opera.

Re:It's not a Facebook problem (5, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263672)

The scam hits everyone who uses Facebook, regardless of your browser, if you fall for it.

At the END of falling for the scam, after you've coughed up your survey answers and subscribed to the application, you would then be directed to a Firefox plugin (which was not developed by the people who are perpetrating the scam), at which point you could only install the plugin if you have Firefox.

By then, the scam authors couldn't give a shit whether you can use the plugin. It's not theirs, it's just something they found and used to give their scan a razor-thin veneer of respectability. I won't argue about the utility of the plug-in, because it has nothing to do with the scam.

How is this new? (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263138)

This is everything on facebook. All the "find out what Brady bunch character you are" polls exist only to gain access to your account. Even farmville is just a clever trick to lire users in with a game. Then it spans you and makes money from offers and by directly asking you for money.

Hell, even facebook itself is just a moneymaking ruse cleverly designed as a way to keep in touch with friends while it gains all your personal info. .

Re:How is this new? (3, Funny)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263154)

Man did I get screwed over by iPhone spell replacement.

Re:How is this new? (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264026)

Are you saying it made a lire of you, which spanned two sentences? ;)

Loathing for facebook. (2, Informative)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263174)

I can't really understand the loathing most people here display for facebook. Or rather, I do, but it seems like people loathe the basic idea of a "IRL overlay" social web? As long as you know enough people who use it, it's great for coordinating IRL activities like parties, birthdays, the nicer kind of activism, etc...

Re:Loathing for facebook. (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263610)

Oh.

Re:Loathing for facebook. (4, Insightful)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264184)

it's great for coordinating IRL activities like parties, birthdays, the nicer kind of activism, etc...

So was MySpace, your point?
Most of the hate about Facebook is that they are hypocritical and do not care about the values of humans. They will lie to you to get you to post private data up, make it appear as of your privatizing it, then make it so it's public. They'll also harvest (farm? data mine?) information and sell it.
Other than that, they're great. Uh huh.

Re:Loathing for facebook. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264548)

Except the hate show is rarely about the shitty practices of Facebook, but rather the concept behind it.

Re:Loathing for facebook. (0, Troll)

painandgreed (692585) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264384)

can't really understand the loathing most people here display for facebook.

Well, most /. users simply don't have many friends to communicate with while the ones they do have never invite them to any events and never post on their status updates. Furthermore, their families deny all their attempts to friend them and they are still upset from never hearing back from all the beautiful russian women that friended them on MySpace. The emotional pain associated with Facebook is simply too great for them to deal with.

The trick is to block every app on facebook. (1)

coryking (104614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263256)

Make it a game. Every one of those apps (with a few exceptions) are just spam. You can block them by clicking on the "posted by 'stupid app'" then on the apps page click on "block application".

Word on the street is there exists a firefox addin that does this for you--but I have never bothered to find it.

Facebook (3, Interesting)

sheehaje (240093) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263278)

Facebook is one of the most useful applications ever on the Internet. Love it or hate it, it connects people and their media. It's social networking on a grand scale.

With that said, to use one of the greatest applications ever, you must compromise your privacy and security. That's how good Facebook is, no matter how bad the bad is, people keep using it.

I've thought of emptying my profile several times, and just providing a link to a personal web site. I don't want to delete my account totally, there are still people that I want to keep in contact with that aren't really computer savvy, but know how to use Facebook. I also have a MyBand page for, well, my band. Very useful for letting people know when our shows will be, as well as a great way to connect to our fans.

I have enough experience with computers (30+ years) to know the scams when I see them. I have never gotten malware/spyware from an online social site. The one thing I do give up is a bit of my privacy. Not that I'm too worried about all the boogie men out there (although I will be more fearful when my kids are old enough to be on it). I do however sometimes feel like George Costanza on Seinfeld where his worlds were colliding. I don't always want to mix personal and business lives, but it seems to happen on Facebook.

I guess for now, I take the bad with the good and vice versa. I'm too lazy to change the world myself, so I'll leave it to the next visionaries to build a better Facebook and one that is just as popular.

Re:Facebook (2, Funny)

mujadaddy (1238164) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263812)

I have never gotten malware/spyware from an online social site.

Yeah, porn is how they got me, too.

Re:Facebook (1, Troll)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263830)

I have never gotten malware/spyware from an online social site.

Or so you think. It could be that you have caught one of the ~50% of unknown viruses out there via a mere flash/java exploit... and a good one, you'd never know.

Re:Facebook (2, Insightful)

sheehaje (240093) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263882)

I have never gotten malware/spyware from an online social site.

Or so you think. It could be that you have caught one of the ~50% of unknown viruses out there via a mere flash/java exploit... and a good one, you'd never know.

Reminds me of the old adage that if you want computer security, unplug the network cable and disable all removable drives.

Re:Facebook (2, Funny)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264300)

Nothing's safer than 127.0.0.1 :)

Re:Facebook (1)

rufty_tufty (888596) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264658)

and then seal it in concrete and bury it at the bottom of the nearest sea.
Even then...

Re:Facebook (1)

Timmmm (636430) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264238)

With that said, to use one of the greatest applications ever, you must compromise your privacy and security

Must? It didn't used to be like this. Back in 2005ish before they added apps, Facebook Connect and so on, it was perfectly secure. In fact, that's why people used it.

Most people only put their photos and personal details on there because it was impossible for anyone other than your friends to see them. That's more or less still the case, but now any of your friends can fuck up and allow stupid apps access to your stuff.

Re:Facebook (2, Insightful)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264280)

I'll admit it's handy, but the most useful? I actually laughed out loud when I read that.
It's just a website with people inserting data, and you get to search and read it. There are also "applications" that you can use, but they are basically wastes of time IMHO. In the end, it's a pretty version of MySpace.... only without the hiphop & latino gangsta bullshit.

There is no "most useful" application ever on the Internet. That term always is subjective, as I consider google mail to be the most useful, with rudder.com being the second most useful for my uses. (financial organization) You may not agree with my decisions, but it has as much credence as your stating that Facebook is one of th emost useful applications ever on the Internet.

I guess to sum it up, it's not the code that does it, it was simply that it was something people went to as an alternative. Before the mass migration, it was simply because "It's where adults go, it's hosted by a college". It ended up hitting critical mass, and then commercial entities acknowledged it in order to ply their wares.

Scam? I suppose, but... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263346)

It looks like a regular waste of time (which, by definition, is the point of all facebook activities, right?).

Now, there may indeed be a more nefarious info-gathering subtext to this, but otherwise it looks like it posts that you like this app (which many do), that you fill out a survey (which is what lots of people do on FB, based on many of my friends' status updates), and it sends you to a FF add-on.

This sounds like everything else on FaceBook...I'm waiting for the "then is steals your children and sells them into slavery" part that will make us care about it.

Re:Scam? I suppose, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263878)

"then is steals your children and sells them into slavery"

Silly! Facebook isn't a RELIGION!

Re:Scam? I suppose, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264448)

I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop, where instead of dropping suckers^Wvisitors on a hapless extension, the site could detect the browser, look for exploits to use, then ask to install an extension that wouldn't be so harmless, claiming it is needed to "display the button" client side. Then in comes the botnet code and that computer is now fully compromised.

I'm too cool for Facebook. (3, Funny)

edmicman (830206) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263560)

oblig. "I'm too cool for Facebook, and anyone who uses it is Teh Stoopid". post. In fact, I'm so indie I only use websites that don't exist yet that no one else uses, either. And I don't communicate with anyone or anything via the Internet, I only passively consume it. Yay!

Re:I'm too cool for Facebook. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33263992)

It it can't be displayed in Lynx I am not interested...

There SHOULD be all kinds of buttons (1)

ionymous (1216224) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263766)

I think socially it would make sense to have some more buttons.
But they should always be anonymous.
So when someone posts: "I'm washing my car! Isn't water so amazing!"...
they'll get a variety of feedback like:

1 friend likes this
12 friends think this is stupid
7 friends say "so what?"

Then maybe people wouldn't post everything that comes to mind. It would be just like in the real world.
When someone walks blindly into a group of friends and just says, "I'm washing my car! Isn't water so amazing!", it's bizarre.

Re:There SHOULD be all kinds of buttons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264194)

I think socially it would make sense to have some more buttons.

Ah, you make the wrong assumption that the average person can handle choice. Depressingly they cannot.

Too many choices confuse people. Look at all those successful sites like Digg, etc. This is also why major corporations offer so few options: to prevent customers from NOT buying due to an abundance of choices. There are whole books written about this phenomenon.

Re:There SHOULD be all kinds of buttons (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264328)

I'm thinking you're mistaking Facebook with Twitter.

Re:There SHOULD be all kinds of buttons (1)

ionymous (1216224) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264388)

No.. not at all.
I'm talking about how my "friends" on facebook post statuses that aren't worth posting.
Maybe all my facebook "friends" are just weird?

Re:There SHOULD be all kinds of buttons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264738)

Actually, I think you just described what 4chan would be like with buttons.

The blame here is Facebook's. (4, Insightful)

DamienNightbane (768702) | more than 4 years ago | (#33263946)

The bottom line is that this scam wouldn't be possible if Facebook had implemented a real dislike button years ago when people demanded one.

Re:The blame here is Facebook's. (3, Interesting)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264350)

And if they add that, I'd like a "meh" button too.

Is this what the spam looks like? (1)

Pentomino (129125) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264398)

I've been seeing a lot of posts saying "[Name] likes [platitude] on ." from people who would probably never post [platitude]. Things like "Clarence likes “I don't have a temper problem, everyone else needs to stop pissing me off” on ." I'm afraid to click either the platitude or the heart, but I can't really find any evidence about what the hell is going on.

This is stupid, Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33264632)

Give us a dislike button already.

Here's the problem... (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 4 years ago | (#33264756)

FACEBOOK IS A SCAM.

They exist to derive value from your information. Friends, addresses, posts, even images.

That the scammers also sell you to other scammers should not be surprising.

So give Facebook only what you are willing to part with.

Ok?

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