Posts Tagged ‘Orkut’

Just now(by some 5:28 PM IST) I noticed that Orkut is reporting ZERO members for most of the communities. The ‘View Members’ link in the communities too got disappeared. Orkut was infamous for miscounting the community members, frien count, fan counts etc, but the Orkut people managed to rectify this error sometime back, but today again Orkut failed in counting, miserably.

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War on Orkut Spam

It has been ages since I read a mail in my Orkut inbox as it is filled with thousands of spam messages from different communities. And, today I reached a landmark of 10 000 unread messages in my Orkut inbox.

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Siggh!…. isnt this an achievement, though I missed a lot of ‘valuable‘ mails from my Orkut friends. From this link, I think Orkut spamming is not a new thing. Off late I have started my fight against the spammers in Orkut. A fight to wipe out spammers, fake profiles and anti-socials from this mighty social networking site. Well, first of all I should admit, this wont be a complete success in the end. Spammers will come up with new ways (for sure), but by doing what I am going to tell you now, will restrict one way to spam.

From my observations, what I felt is spam mails usually come from those communities which are abandoned by owners, especially those from the countries like Iran and UAE where Orkut is banned. Not from all communities though, only from those communities where “Send Message” is enabled. It is a useless option, maybe the only use is SPAMMING.

Orkut had taken action against spammers, by asking them to enter the code from a Captcha Image (UPDATE:- read this too,), whenever it detects a link in your scrap or message. It also occurs when you scrap someone who is not a friend of yours after a fixed number of scraps. And, also the ‘Send Message’ feature is automatically disabled when the member count of a community goes above 1000.

Even then, the spammers reign the lovely world of Orkut. As I told earlier, I started my Operation against spam. Started sending Alert! scraps to those community owners from where spam mails originate. And, yeah some community members welcomed my suggestion and thanked, where as one guy was irritated and flamed me for sending orders!!!

I would like you people, who are the proud members of Orkut to do what I did, so as to save this beautiful social networking site from the hands of bloody spammers. Just report the Owner of that particular community to switch off this ‘useless’ feature and save your inbox from the heavy spam.

If “So, what will I gain if I do this?” is what you just thought, you are gaining a lot. Following are few of those gains,

  1. Less spam mails means, less server activity. Meaning you will get less “Bad bad server, no donut for you” messages.
  2. Obviously, you can use your Orkut mail-box more efficiently for personal communication.
  3. You won’t get a shock when you see ‘well-dressed’ girls in your mail-box. (a shock only when your girl friend/boss/parents/co-worker is near you)

If you are a community owner, make sure your community is spam free by following these steps,

  1. The hardest, but the MOST EFFECTIVE WAY. Make the community MODERATED. And, deny entry to spammers. Spammers can be identified easily from their profile and/or profile name. Usually, these people use an automated way of registration using specially made software. So, these ‘specially-made-spam-profiles’ will have a large number of communities, very few or no friends, no profile picture, if having a profile picture it will be of a damn beautiful lady often ‘well-dressed‘, very few details on the profile. But this method is really cumbersome and will definitely affect the member count.
  2. The easiest, but also effective method is to TURN OFF the messaging option. But, as the owner of the community, you will have the right to message the members (and that doesn’t mean you have the right to spam 😛 ). This is how to turn off the spam. Goto your Community –> Locate and click ‘Edit Profile’ –> Check the 5th entry there, ‘Messaging’, click the radio button ‘off – do not allow members to send messages’  to turn it OFF. Keep in mind that only community owner can change these settings.

I prefer the first method, because it allows you to control the spam inside the community too. And, you can keep the ‘Send Message’ feature ON, if you are confident about the members in your community.

I hope all the army factions in Orkut who work for the sake of it will also start working against spam in Orkut.

UPDATE: Read more about Orkut Spamming.

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Report Abuse

“plzzz do it plzzzzz do it immediately……… Please pass this to all ur friends here are some pakistanis who have started a community ‘V Hate India’ the main pic is of our national flag in black n white…looking at that any Indians blood should burn… We have to stop them. if you cant do much atleast go to this community and click on “report as abuse”, orkut will remove that community after 1000 such reports, www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=14773994 please pass this 2 all …”

This is the umpteenth time I am getting such ‘please report abuse if you are an Indian’ mails/scraps. The intention is good, and what he/she said is also correct. We have a hell lot of “Anti” communities in Orkut. Be, it Indian, Pakistan, China or America. They exist!

Heard Government of India is going to ban Orkut because of these hate communities in Orkut. Banning Orkut is possible, as well as accessing them after the ban. Some months back, there was a time when blogspot was banned. I came to know about the ban from media and in Orkut communities. I was shocked, whether Kerala got kicked out from Indian territory or what?….as I was still able to access blogspot sites and post comments. Moments later, I realized the fact that, I was using Google web accelerator, which acts like a proxy was doing the job. (Sorry! Government of India, that wasn’t intentional, and I am not an ANTI-INDIAN, a proud INDIAN by birth!!!!)

It was also then, I think the (in)famous ban on the movie ‘Da Vinci Code‘ was imposed (though later it was lifted). But, the download links of the movie, that too DVD quality movie was available all over net at that time. Unfortunately I had a limited data-transfer internet those days (even worser now), which made me to stay back from the DVD quality ‘forbidden fruit’.

I think I am drifting away from the topics. Ah! …. first thing… Will 1000 reports on a community will delete that community? The answer is ‘NO‘…

so you need 10, 000 bogus reports, right sir?” …

abbae! chup….gimme a chance to speak

OK! just one bogus report is more than sufficient. One report made in the RIGHT WAY.

So, what is this right way, saaaar?

Well brother, Orkut will delete any community (or profile) which violates the ToS (terms of Service). I am quoting some of them which are relevant here.

  • submitting Materials that are unlawful or promote or encourage illegal activity.
  • submitting false or misleading information.

Also, when you click ‘Report Abuse’ button, you can see a lot of options and a textbox to enter the ‘REASON’ why you think this community/profile violates ToS. The following are the options in that page,

  • hateful or violent content
  • pornographic image
  • other illegal content
  • using my photos without permission
  • using my copyrighted material

The bold ones are those we can use for against these hate communities.

Also, read the following text carefully, you can see this just above the text-box where you need to type the reason.

Please provide detailed information about the abuse. Include reasons for any content you believe to be illegal. (Note that we may not be able to investigate reports without detailed information).

So, the more detailed your report is, more effective the ‘bogus report’ will be. Else, 1000 or 10000 or even if the complete Orkut members report the community, nothing will happen.

I wanted to convey the following messages,

  1. To the Government of India, it is impossible to ban a particular site. If you really want to, BAN THE INTERNET completely.
  2. To the Orkut users, (the proud Indians especially), YES! we need to delete those stupid-good-for-nothing-communities with useless SHIT. But, the way you are doing is not the right way. You are just wasting your valuable time and ‘even more valuable bandwidth‘ (At least for jobless idiots like me, though for the time being, bandwidth is more valuable than time). Do it the right way, and not only you, we all will be benefited.

Well, in general, if you want to fight against such communities, here are two communities :-

Cheers to the creators (he he he he, first community was started by me)

UPDATE:- Check this post BANNING ORKUT!!! Is it the only solution?? , by arvind.

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