If you’re on MySpace, you know who Tom is. He’s the guy who runs the place, who puts his profile on every friends list ever created, and sends out all those little messages every time MySpace is hacked, down, or otherwise suffering some misfortune.
Tom also tries to protect us from spam. As I’ve said, MySpace is the Mos Eisley of the Internet (because “you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”), and this becomes obvious in all of the spam friend requests and messages one receives. There are solicitations for everything from free iPods and game consoles to pictures of naked broads and solicitations for singles networks. If enough users flag these as spam, then the profiles are deleted. Just the other day I had eight friend requests, and every one said “profile deleted.”
Okay. So Tommy wants to keep out most of the scum and more villainous. I can dig it. But today, after marking a few of those same solicitation profiles as spam, I was presented with an ad for a singles network:
While this ad doesn’t feature the nudity, is there anyone out there who believes these things are not tamer versions of ads for the same hook-up sites? I don’t care if people use them, my beef is with Tom: why is it so objectionable for (supposed) users to advertise thinly-veiled porn sites, but just fine for you to bombard us with the same ads yourself? How can you say you try to keep MySpace safe from child predators, then potentially expose them to the same predators by directing them to hook-up sites?
Oh, I get it. Because they pay you. Way to sell out there, chief.
(Update: Half an hour after I posted this, I received 26 spam friend requests. Heh.)