SpamEveryday without fail, I receive at least one hundred invitations to virtual events on Goodreads and Facebook. A virtual event? What the hell is a virtual event? You either have one or you don’t.

Then there is the fact that I’m very comfortable on my old sofa, sipping my glass of red, and don’t feel at all like moving my butt to an event of any description. Well, unless there is a possibility of free booze and nibbly things. The thought of ‘virtual’ free drinks and snacks hardly rates talking about.

So frequent are these invitations now that I am going to add them to my list of pain in the arse spammers and start hitting the ‘not at all my friend anymore’ button.

It is easy to blame the people who hit the button and send out these stupid things, but I have to be fair. It is the Social Network sites that develop these stupid ideas and then encourage people to annoy all their friends with their stupid new feature.

So what clever and annoying ideas will come next to fill my stream with useless crud?

‘You’re invited to my virtual funeral! I really hope you can attend. I’m dying to meet you :)’ 

While I’m on spamming and completely useless information, why does The Huffington Post make it impossible to ‘unsubscribe’ from their incessant emails? I’ll also add Shelfari Groups here as well. I get them everyday and no matter what I do, they keep coming.

I really think it’s time to have a change of name for Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari and The Huff. No longer Social Networking or Social Media as they really do not accurately describe these services.

Let’s call a spade a spade and start calling them Social Spammers. If the hat fits, wear it.

Virtual Events – The Latest Pain
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13 thoughts on “Virtual Events – The Latest Pain

  • 01/10/2011 at 4:30 pm

    My solution, when invitations, recommendations, and all the other stuff I never asked for pile up higher and deeper is to quit the damned site. Sometimes that’s really the only option because it can be next to impossible to figure out how to turn off all that crap. Goodreads has added recommendations, which I’ve found about as useful as birth control for a mule. I can ignore the recommendations page, but so far, I haven’t found a way to turn off the recommendation notices that show up on my main page.

    It seems that the trend is to opting you into everything and forcing you to find the magic button for opting out.

  • 01/10/2011 at 4:37 pm

    I agree completely Catana. The real problem is as you say, the automatic ‘opt in’ these sites use. Then when you go on a hunt for the ‘opt out’ button it’s a maze.

    From experience I can say that the ‘opt out’ button is usually hidden in a cupboard, in a basement with no lights, with locked doors that are guarded by savage Rottweilers and then if you’re lucky enough to get that far, you’ll need a password you’ve forgotten, your telephone number, email address and birth date. Just to be able to try to get past the dogs.

    The word entrapment comes to mind.

  • 01/10/2011 at 4:51 pm

    I’m convinced that much of what goes on in modern life is geared to inducing a state of learned helplessness. The opting-in maze is a diabolically designed part of the conspiracy.

  • 01/10/2011 at 5:14 pm

    I was plagued recently on Facebook by someone or something calling itself PSCache. What this entity did was go through all of my FB friends telling them I had recommended they ‘friend’ PSCache. Well I didn’t. Bloody cheek!


    • 01/10/2011 at 7:45 pm

      Whoa dude! Are you sure that you haven’t been hacked or something? But well, Facebook is like Twitter without brains so I think the explanation to this PSCache thingie is more complex..

      • 01/10/2011 at 10:00 pm

        Pri, I’ve just checked pdCache’s page on FB. Here it is:

        About Ps Encouraging Literacy …
        One Book at a Time

        Open Book

        PS cache is owned and operated by Perpetual Success.

        Perpetual Success’ website is Open Book,

        Open Book’s purpose is to create an environment for literature development.

        1. Open Book connects people interested in literature.
        2. Develops writing skill.
        3. Formalizes organizational procedures and processes.
        4. Markets literature.
        5. Markets organizations interested in developing literature.
        5. It’s fun.

        Judge for yourself ;)

  • 01/10/2011 at 5:28 pm

    Goodreads is becoming a pain with their events, people recommending their own books or their friends’ books, and invitations to join groups.

    On the other hand, how can I live without my virtual TBR list or the ability to scroll through it on the iPhone if I happen to be in one of the few remaining real live bookstores?

    Life is tough.

  • 01/10/2011 at 5:36 pm

    To be fair to Goodreads, I went back again this morning, trying to figure out how to stop the recommendation notices. Either I’ve been extremely unobservant, or Goodreads has undergone a major overhaul behind the scenes. If you go to “Edit Profile” there’s a whole set of tabs for changing your settings. I went through them, one by one, and found a lot of settings I hadn’t chosen, but was able to turn off. Fingers are now crossed.

  • 01/10/2011 at 5:49 pm

    Spam is as useless as a wombat in cardboard underpants.

    Pollution, plain and simple. When you join a Goodreads group, they actually have an option that sends you an email for every comment made.

    As if I have the bandwidth for that. I live in Canada where new immigrants reminisce about how much better their internet was – back home in Madagascar.


    • 02/10/2011 at 10:19 am

      I just love your expression Andrew!!

      ‘Spam is as useless as a wombat in cardboard underpants.’

      Can I use it sometime? :)

  • 01/10/2011 at 6:23 pm

    Andrew, you can turn off all those notices. I’m a member of three groups (mostly as a lurker), and I made sure that I don’t get any more notices.

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