Today morning while checking my emails I found that I had received about 5 to 6 messages from my facebook friends. It was the same message from everybody and reads as follows.
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 many active Facebook members and, on the other side, 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 your still active and you will not be deleted.
Founder of Facebook,
Such a ridiculous message!! It’s so obvious that this has to be a hoax but people do fall for it and end up sending the message to all of their friends. Ironically, if at all Facebook should become slow, it would be because of people sending and forwarding loads of such rubbish.
A little research on the web shows that different versions of this message have been circulating from as early as 2007. I wonder why facebook does not automatically block such messages from perpetrating. I am quite sure it should be technically possible to filter such messages based on the text it contains.
Anyway folks, before forwarding emails and messages like these, give it a little thought. If you have the slightest doubt that a mail could be a hoax, just copy a small portion of the mail and search for the text in Google or your favorite search engine. It will help you know if it’s a hoax.