When people take Facebook too seriously….

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Today I received two “urgent” messages from a Facebook user named Brian Zisk. They are both similar in content and tone, so I’ll just post one of them below.   There is a game on Facebook called “Friends For Sale“.  You buy and sell friends, and in the process are able to give them nicknames, send them virtual gifts, and write on their walls.

For fun, I bought a number of folks and promoted the company that I work at.  I even promoted the affiliate marketing blog of a friend, who was promoted on TechCrunch.  Turns out, this Brian Zisk fellow carried out his threat.  My current status message in this game is now ”I’m the ShitzLocal.com Spammer. Boycott my company!“

For a proponent of the arts and self-expression, it’s surprising to see someone get his panties in a wad over a silly Facebook game.


to Dennis

show details 11:19 PM (48 minutes ago)
Brian sent you a message.

Subject: Please… Time sensitive…

Dear Dennis Yu,

Please change the message under my name on friends for sale  to something like it was before, or anything non-offensive, but please remove the reference to your company from my listing the next time you log in so I do not have to see the association, or I will buy you on friends for sale and you will most likely not be happy with the text I associate with your name and company.

I am sure this is but a misunderstanding, but do not find it amusing, and would appreciate you removing this irritation ASAP.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Brian Zisk



10 thoughts on “When people take Facebook too seriously….

  1. facebookuser

    Dennis –

    If you feel that nicknames on ‘friends for sale’ is the place to advertise your business, then it’s you who has the problem. Thank you for this posting, because it is clearly more of a reflection of you than this fellow. At least he had the decency to write you an email; you’re clearly someone with no ethics.

    And now I shall post this on my business blog, using you as an example of WHAT NOT TO DO.

    thanks for the fodder.

  2. The Dude

    Yeah, some people take that stupid game way too seriously. I mean, just look at this other comment here. Who cares what your nickname is? Advertising your business can be done anywhere. What does that have to do with ethics? Ethics is helping an old lady across the street and stuff, not facebook games. Give me a break!

  3. Reesey

    So basically you spammed using a cheaper distribution point then what you had access to.

    Not a good representation on your company; nor is it mature to call it out on your blog merely for another content piece that goes out to an rss feed.

    In reference to the second comment here. May be merely poor marketing to do it in the first place, but then to not address the issue and question the person on your blog. I don’t blame that person at all.

  4. Ryan Eagle

    This character is hilarious, haha. He got all pissed about a facebook game. I want to fuck with this lame ass now – I found this post hilarious, hahaha. “Please remove this IRRITATION”. I hope you didn’t, that would make it all a lot funnier.

  5. Alexius08

    I’ve bought lots of pets as part of a larger activity. Seems that people took FFS too seriously. They tag their pets as “Not for sale” and get mad after they get bought.

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