Chain Hoaxes on Facebook

A friend sent me this private message on Facebook today:

Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated, there have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that the reason is that there are too many non-active Facebook members and, on the other side, too many new Facebook members.

We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to at least 15 other users using Copy+ Paste to show that you are still active. *Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to create more space.*

Send this message to all your friends and to show me that you’re still active and you will not be deleted.

Founder of Facebook,
Mark Zuckerberg

I wonder how many people have fallen for this.


Hacker-Targeted Spam?

Edit: Now that I think of it, the spam most likely isn’t targeted at hackers. My email address was probably found on Ohloh and the spam bot may just be programmed to automatically include a link to the site which it found the email on.

Ugh. More spam has been getting through Gmail’s filters lately. Here’s the latest email to land in my inbox:

Hi dear,
how are you today? My name is kate, I just went Through your profile on this website (www.ohloh.net) I have no options than letting you Know that I am interested in having you as a friend, Pls write me back, I believe we can move on from here i still have more to let you know about me but that will be after i have know who you are thanks for ur understanding. I am waiting for your reply have a nice day.
From kate stay Bless.

Has anyone else had Gmail’s filters fail lately?



Quick introduction for new Planet GNOME readers: I’m a high school student in Ra’anana, Israel and have been involved in GNOME ever since GHOP 2007. After attending the GNOME UI hackfest this past October, I cofounded Zeitgeist and have been working on various new user interfaces since then. Those of you who attended the GNOME Boston Summit may also remember me from my lightning talk on problems with developer documentation.

A few weeks ago I blogged about the following mockup:

Edit: Added link to full size mockup.

Zeitgeist Mockup

I’m delighted to announce that it’s no longer just an idea! I’ve already started coding an early prototype called “Feedgeist” and the code will be on launchpad by the end of the week.

We’re planning on building sharing and collaboration features into Feedgeist. I’ll post a few more mockups on that soon.


GNOME Journal Article

The first draft of my GNOME Journal article on Zeitgeist is below. Criticism and comments are welcome.

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Zeitgeist and Fulltext Searches

I’ve been thinking about the proper way to handle fulltext searches in Zeitgeist. (E.g. searching through a file’s content instead of just searching for files by name.)

I think the best solution is to fall back to Tracker and other search engines for all text searches. This is especially important if we index things like GMail emails where we can’t possibly handle all searches ourselves without downloading and indexing all emails. (Instead, we would just index each email’s title and sender. If the user performs a search, we would use GMail’s API to find results on the fly.)

On that note, I’m planning on adding Google Documents and Flickr support. This probably wont happen until later this week or the beginning of next week

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