There is not much that surprises online marketing guys these days. However, this offer was too good not to look into. An offer to purchase more than one million email addresses with name, last name and Facebook profile information for $5. Bogomil Shopov paid and received 12 Excel sheets, each containing the data of about 100,000 users.
Shopov said that "most" of the addresses are real and that he even knows some of the people listed. The fact that the data is available may not be so surprising. By now it's almost common knowledge that, if you value your privacy, Facebook is not a place you should be spending time.
What is surprising, is the ridiculously low cost. This indicates that there is an abundance in supply of Facebook profiles and those who collected addresses are beginning to sell their data cheap. Serious marketing people may not find much value in these data sets as they do not allow specific targeting, but then we have to realize that the data is available for just $5.
Such offers may come down much more to a privacy and security problem for cheesy email marketing, and malicious activities such as spamming and phishing.
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I pity those who thinks FB respects privacy, or never reads the ToS and vomit all of their personal info onto a server.Reply
Seriously what did people expect?Reply
Zuckenburgs goal is to make money, and he's going to do just that.
Using YOUR information.
As I have been saying for years: Facebook users are not customers, they are the product. Makes me think of cattle getting fattened up for the market: I'm important because farmer Brown feeds me and takes good care of me. Why, I'm practically family!Reply
A Bad DayI pity those who thinks FB respects privacy, or never reads the ToS and vomit all of their personal info onto a server.I pity anyone who actually think FB users actually believe that FB protects their privacy.Reply
huskerAs I have been saying for years: Facebook users are not customers, they are the product. Makes me think of cattle getting fattened up for the market: I'm important because farmer Brown feeds me and takes good care of me. Why, I'm practically family!FB users don't care about any of that crap you just said. All they care about is showing off to their peers, business profiles and etc. I don't know what kind of sources you guys have been reading to believe that FB users care so much about what happens inside, rather than what happens around them on the Internet. Unless Facebook does something to damage each individual's privacy that creates rage to the victim, not many users are going to quit, and knowing that they use your information and not using it yourself doesn't make you any smarter, but it gives you the mentality to think you are. It's simple sociology and psychology.
You just generalized everybody on Facebook... Not cool man.Reply
Thanks for the comment! Indeed there is no marketing value, but it's a good data for "learn how to protect yourself" experiment on the web.Reply
Just glad I don't have a Facebook account.Reply
Everyone, close your FB account (is it even possible? lol) and sell your FB stocks. They do nothing, give nothing but call you dumbf**ks. Remember that?Reply
for the amount of money spammers make i would be surprised if they have not purchased the entire list.Reply
it is my sincerest hope that some script kiddie or hacker purchases the entire list and spams them all apps for their iCrap and see how much money they can make from all the credit card info on iDevices after a credit card was used to make a prior purchase.
i am tempted to believe it would probably total 10% of what the federal reserve controls.
oops skipped the part about script kiddie/hacker making a full screen 'click okay to buy' pop up that only appears for the blink of an eye while users are in the middle of using the device after installing the free app of some angry birds of star trek/starwars/halo/twighlight/titanic/north&south/jewvs.christianvs.muslim knock off.Reply
something popular stupid like that could even be rhianna vs beyonce poll.
i hope i reached some one who will do this just so we can say 'we told you so' to FB users and iTards