Facebook and Spammers

2 Billion from Suing Spammers

Honestly, who likes spam?  Anyone?

I didn’t think so.  I was happy to hear that Facebook has actually collected 2 million from spammers. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.  I feel that spam has no place in a social network.

However, while I recognize Facebook is a business and businesses use Facebook, I  wonder how long the current social king is going to remain such.  On one hand they police what their blog calls “fraudulent likes“, which they should, yet, on the other, I am asked to pay to publicized my posts.  They also have strict policies about what extensions can and can not do, place ads on the site and profit from user data.

For example, if you use the status shuffler app, you must cut and paste the random quote into your status.   The reason being is because if the app did so automatically, it would violate their policy.  While the extra step is not deal breaker, we live in a world where users desire more and more automation.

What I ponder is will some other social network, perhaps open source, be able to capitalize on a more open social network with less restrictive policies?  Don’t get me wrong, I like Facebook and it does generate traffic for my websites.  However, I also feel that, in some ways, Facebook might actually be too aggressive in protecting itself.  Could they set themselves up to drive users away? What do you think?