Monday, March 26, 2007

Flixster do not use this viral site

a warning is going around aol genealogy users

Flixter asks you for your AOL/google/G.mail/ or Yahoo password ... and then sends Spam to everyone on your Address Book, plus, to people you do not know .. big organisations included. Please be careful.

never share a password with strangers.

Flixster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "database of information about films and actors which includes social features such as the ability for individual users to review and rate films and to compare their ratings with invited friends to assess compatibility in film tastes.

Started in January 2006, the site administrators avoided heavy promotion until November 2006 in order to improve the service.[1] Between November 2006 and January 2007, the number of daily page views by Alexa Toolbar users rose from fewer than 20 million per day to around 50 million per day.[2]"

Flixster actively encourages users to invite friends using their hotmail, yahoo or gmail address books. The site DOES allow the user to select which friends from their address book to invite - but the default option is to invite all your friends and some users thus accidentally send a lot of invites they did not intend. While flixster has been criticized for being aggressive in encouraging users to invite friends, the practice of integrating with webmail address books is very common, and is used on sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Yelp & many others - count me out.


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