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Facebook turns ugly

Marketecture
Fri May 23 2008, 09:36

NOT CONTENT WITH simply letting its users spam each other to death with an endless barrage of application requests, Facebook will now allow a new application to turn users into irritating sales reps, preying on their friends to earn commission for selling products.

A new application called "Affiliate Window" is bribing people with one to five per cent commissions on a whole host of products it wants users to flog to their mates. The users, who effectively become sleazy sales reps doing larger companies' dirty work, are referred to as "affiliates" and any money they make is apparently sent directly to their Paypal accounts.

The application involves a "wishlist" which encourages users to list the things they would most want to buy or receive as gifts, using a database of over four million products from giants like Comet, Play.com, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths.

"We believe this application will become a favourite within the Facebook community," said David Hall, communications director at Affiliate Window. He gushed on: "We believe this application is a genuine first, providing the social networking interaction that retailers and users have been crying out for."

Crying out for an end to the exasperating amount of user generated spam and application rubbish, more like. µ

 

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