I’m in the process of conducting another eHow experiment so I set up a separate eHow account. No biggie, after all I set up my original account about a year and a half ago, so I’m no stranger to the process.
Imagine my surprise when shortly after setting up the account (within hours), I received several friend requests. No, let me rephrase that. I got a flood of friend requests, about 100 of them. What is going on?
Having been around the internet block a time or two I knew this was a setup for spam. I went through each of the friend requests and approved all but one of them. Within minutes of approving the requests, the messages started coming in.
Some messages were targeted to a wide range of recipients and others were sent to me directly. The usual sign up for Bukisa, please read, rate, recommend and comment, do you want to make real money…signup for HubPages and Bukisa. Here’s my link, and so on…
No matter which way you slice it, I don’t like spam. I reported the offenders, but I’m not so sure that reporting them does very much over at eHow.
It made me think that if this is what new members are bombarded with when they first sign up with eHow, it’s a wonder that they stay. The avalanche of spam and the technical issues that eHow has recently been plagued with makes one stop and wonder.
Such assaults might steer a newbie down the wrong path. Unscrupulous and self serving emails like the ones I received can make one think that encouraging readers to click on ads or writing spammy How to’s just to earn money is what eHow is all about and it’s not.
eHow Old Timer
Since I consider myself an eHow old timer and have earned a few thousand dollars writing for them, I realize that even with the glitches, software melt downs and occasional late stat updates, it’s a site worth writing for. I’m not taking eHow out of my freelance writing arsenal, but it would be nice if the members would adhere to a higher code of ethics.