But not only that, Informationweek reports that the spammers in question are also banned from facebook. Facebook Wins $873 Million Judgment Against Spammer

U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel handed down the award last week following four months of litigation. In addition to the monetary judgment, the ruling prohibits the defendants, Adam Guerbuez and his company, Atlantis Blue Capital, from accessing Facebook for any reason or assisting others in doing so.

AP reports that Adam Guerbuez of Montreal has been "difficult to find since Facebook sued him four months ago." I bet he has been.

Facebook isn't just breeding ground for spam, but also "Koobface" worm, all sorts of phishing tricks and more recently Facebook IM spam is gaining grounds. How easy is it to become a fake friend on facebook, and then spam you? Turns out it's silly easy: Computerworld has step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Request to be "friends" with a dozen strangers on MySpace. Let's say half of them accept. Collect a list of all their friends.

Step 2: Go to Facebook and search for those six people. Let's say you find four of them also on Facebook. Request to be their friends on Facebook. All accept because you're already an established friend.

Step 3: Now compare the MySpace friends against the Facebook friends. Generate a list of people that are on MySpace but are not on Facebook. Grab the photos and profile data on those people from MySpace and use it to create false but convincing profiles on Facebook. Send "friend" requests to your victims on Facebook.

As a bonus, others who are friends of both your victims and your fake self will contact you to be friends and, of course, you'll accept. In fact, Facebook itself will suggest you as a friend to those people.

The irony here is the a lot of people use facebook instead of email, because email has been so polluted with spam that it's near useless these days. You can run, but you can't hide!


Previous article talking about Facebook on Adland:
People used in ads for Danish politicians on facebook without their permission, here we go again!
On Facebook, your face can be used in ads (without you knowing it) via SocialMedia
Facebook fertile grounds for adware and phishing scams
Facebook dials down the ad creepyness a tad after ruining more than Christmas

Dabitch and Perle

Was it the tone of voice, or rather snark? Was it not understanding the
market? Was it offensive to 'babywearing' moms? Was it underestimating
a mothers pride in her choices? Was it just being totally clueless
about actual mom-habits when they snarked about baby-wearing being "a
fad"? Was it offensive for calling practical "fashionable"? Was it the
wrong copy, or the wrong strategy?

Speed around schools has always been a huge issue in the Rodney district. So to get people to slow down Colenso BBDO, Auckland created a poignant campaign that would get people thinking about how it would feel to kill a child. To launch the campaign they plastered the whole district with images of a haunting little girl. For two weeks people saw the mysterious girl on walls, poles, around schools, shopping malls, parks, road sides, etc. Then during week three of the campaign we placed a sticker over the girl revealing the line, "The kids you kill never leave you".

Link to larger "Haunting girl" image
Agency: Colenso BBDO, Auckland

Flora - 'Leap' - (2008) :30 (UK)

We open on a young boy in the 1970s who has a theory that will keep him young forever - leaping over the garden wall. Spot the retro details like the walkman and the chopper bike.