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.
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