Be careful, I just got the following ad in my fanmail. I almost approved the fanmail, too, until I checked the URL and found it led to a commerce site. I suspect I'm not the only one in HubPages to receive such fanmail, either, so be vigilant. Here's exactly what it said:
Hi friend, Excited to make friendship with you and want to share something special with you - http://tinyurl.com/7ms4vqg
The use of "tinyurl" made me a little suspicious, so I followed it before approving the fan mail. Sure enough, it was fake fan mail: the URL leads to a company website selling search engine optimization and related services.
Moderators NOTE: This company went so far as to create a legit site on HubPages for itself: http://easymedianetworkk.hubpages.com/
So far, it has written 8 Hub Pages and has followers and everything--except it's a company pushing it's own products. :-(
The articles I read from Easymedianetwork were very well written and were not spam. They made the mistake of sending you an email you did not want.
Almost all hubbers provide details on their business and interests in their bio at the top of the page.
From this you should learn not to accept fan mail from this hubber in the future.
Some may interpret the fan mail as spam but it;s up to you to accept or not.
There's nothing suspicious about a shortened url. I use them all the time for my books and affiliate links etc. If you just hold the mouse on the url you can see where it's going to go and if you don't like it -don't click it.
Just my 2 cents worth. lol
Best you 'break' the links you have posted here as otherwise you have just given them a valuable backlink twice. I never approve any fan mail that includes deliberate links, that kind of fan mail simply isn't genuine and is therefore meaningless.
I would flag that person. He is using spam in HP email and staff needs to check him out.
by Misha 10 years ago
If it is possible, I would like to see two features added to the fan mail.First, I want to be able to edit the fan mail I left. There were a handful of cases when I accidentally hit the post button before the text was completed. Or even worse, when I pasted something alsolutely unrelated into a fan...
by Debra Allen 8 years ago
Deborah Sextom left some fan mail on my profile and I approved in a couple of hours ago. It is now GONE! WTH?!
by Elizabeth 5 years ago
For several months now (almost since I joined hubpages) I have been getting harassing, threatening and ridiculous comments from the same person. I originally encountered her in a forum, and she has not left me alone since. She repeatedly leaves me harassing fan mail, none of which has...
by Isabella Snow 10 years ago
Paul.. love being able to delete comments, but can we also have the option to delete fans? There are some who are really intent on promoting themselves that way, and will try again once they've seen their fanmail has been denied.
by suzzymilkmaid 7 years ago
Maybe it's my computer maybe it's Hub. Is there anyone who knows the answer to this problem?
by Sid Kemp 6 years ago
I have a friend who made a big blooper in a fan mail he sent me. I know that each person can only send fan mail to one other hubber just once. But my question is, if I deny this fan mail and delete it, can he try again? If not, is there a way for him to edit/revise it so I can post it?
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