on Feb 28, 2008
I have a MySpace page. I don’t know why. There has never been a day in my life where I woke up and said, “Dang, but I really need to find me some people to hook up with and interact with socially!” I’ve already got a blog where I can write and discuss my hobbies. So even if I was craving high levels of poorly spelled gossipy chatter, MySpace would still be a sub-optimal way of getting it.
|Legit, you say? Well then, sign me right up!|
About the only reason I visit my page is to reject all the spam friend invites. They usually come in waves. I’ll have three days of nothing, then three invites in one day. That’s not actually that bad as far as spam goes when compared to blogs or email, but maybe I’d be worse off if I had more friends. Invariably these spams lead to a profile with some basic text I’ve read a thousand times before, posted by a “woman” with a very porny glamour shot for her profile picture. The most common profile text goes something along the lines of, “MySpace won’t let me post naked pictures of myself so you’ll have to go here.” I don’t click on the link, of course, but I’m sure it’s a generic Porn nexus or a place to try and infect unprotected machines.
But I find this to be hilarious anyway: The fiction of some girl who can’t figure out where on this wide internet can you go to share naked pictures of young women? Yes! If only there was a website out there in this purient wasteland that let you do this sort of thing.
For a time last year there was a rash of MySpace pages where the profile would use CSS to position a big ‘ol rectangle of text over the whole site, which would then let you know that you needed the special “adult MySpace viewer” if you wanted to see the naked pics. A standalone exe. To view webpages. Only people fresh off the newbie truck are likely to fall for such a clumsy and transparent scheme, but there is no shortage of people like that on MySpace. You could always tell when someone fell for it because they’d start “posting” a bunch of “get a free iPod nano” style links to their blogs and blurbs and in comments to their friends. I never found out if the “viewer” hijacked their account and did the posting, or if it just captured their name and password and sent it along to the hacker, who then logged in under their name and did the posting. That would actually be interesting to know. The first would make for more complex and harder to develop software, while the second route would be more easily thwarted via IP blocking on the part of MySpace.
The MySpace hacking took advantage of the trio of young male weaknesses: Ignorance, Horniness, and feeling of invulnerability offered by the anonymity of the internet.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.