This weekend I received a few emails saying that members of my church had sent me pictures, and inviting me to sign up with a social networking site called Tagged.com so that I could view them. The emails were calculated — in an extremely clumsy way — to make me feel bad about rejecting this overture from a fellow parishioner:
Please respond or [parishioner] may think you said no :(
Heaven forfend my conduct should ever draw a :(. I strive to make everyone :), or possibly :P.
Anyway, it turns out that my instinct not to bite was the right one. Though Tagged.com is a "genuine" social networking site, it markets via an email scam. As Snopes notes, signing up will give Tagged.com access to your address book, which it will use to send spam to everyone you know, telling them falsely that you have sent them pictures or sent a greeting or something. Some trusting people have fallen for it.
Wikipedia tells me that Tagged is the brainchild of Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith, who are "Harvard graduates and entrepreneurs" (those being two categories that people are uncritically and unjustifiably impressed with). In a more perfect world, they would be sentenced to hand-copy every spam they have so generated onto the skin of moody pumas with a broken crayon. Greg and Johann, aren't you ashamed of yourselves?
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