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Another reason to dislike MySpace 

I have not been a MySpace fan, ever, but I was interested to note that I received two messages from friends, neither of which had been sent by them. One got so worried now that she has changed her password. The other was in Milano and not near her computer when one arrived purporting to be from her.
   The messages were spam, and it may be worth reporting to the MySpace people—the Murdoch Press—if they don’t know about this. Luckily for them, I don’t fully recall the brands being advertised, but I have a funny feeling Macy’s was one (the Italian-based friend thinks so, too). I still worry, however: too many times I have signed up to sites, never gave out the email address to anyone (Excite Mail was a good example), and only ever got spammed. If it is unknown to Murdochs, then MySpace has a serious security problem.

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a little spam never hurt anyone, just use your index finger to tap the delete key... these are the birth pangs of the medium, and i would have patience with it... the advantages the web and peer to peer networks give the many who otherwise would be voiceless faced with the overwhelming mega-corp media suppression of empowering information, is well worth the few anoying glitches. complaining about spam just sounds like so much "affectation" to me, quite boring.  
Your opinion would be a minority one, Rémy. On spam itself (which was not the main point of this post): have you ever had an email account, such as my Excite one, where spam outnumbered legit emails by a hundred to one? How about a thousand to one (which I have encountered, too)? That deserves no one’s patience.
   With MySpace, if you actually read my post, you will know that spam is being sent under others’ identities (which is the point), which means a major security breach. And that is worth complaining and notifying others about, so I guess you and I have very different definitions of affectation.
   Given that I have the choice of a spam-free network (e.g. Facebook, Bebo), then why should I put up with one that has questionable security?  
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