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July 09, 2008


WAYN: great features or professional spammers??

Some while ago I susbcribe to WAYN (Were Are You Now) social network, to test how it works. It's related to travel and leisure, free time. I have been there for a while, but recently I did not connect anymore due to business constrains.

Now I get that WAYN implemented a routine that take my contacts (from outlook or wherever else), and sent them an invitation to connect to my profile. Obviously the invitation is sent with my name in the header. This process happens with no action from my side, and without my awareness nor my explicit permission.   

I discovered this behavior because one of such invitation has been sent to my secondary email address, here below the message (in italian, I usually use english for my contacts :-) 

From: Massimo Brembilla []
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 12:11 AM
Subject: Dove stai

Vorrei aggiungerti alla mia rete Travel & Lifestyle su WAYN


Questo è il collegamento:


Cos'è WAYN?
WAYN (Where Are You Now?) è un luogo d'incontro globale.




Te sender of the message is Mr.  that was tagged as Massimo  Brembilla --> outlook reports only the tag and not the "real" sender code, so the joke does works!! Every people that receive such message will say that it is a Massimo's message!

But, again, I never sent it.

I wrote to WAYN explain the throuble, and they confirmed the action performed. But hey was afraid I did not enjoy of such great feature! Without my intervention the tool is sending invitation messages expanding my network!  They says it was made clear to me when I register and upload my contacts.

Well, i'm a bit confused: great feature or SPAM made with my name??? 

I think my conatcts are important for me and I don't want spam them.

Having someone that send mails in an uncontrolled way, it is not a good approach in my opinion. I shall those messages.



Keywords: contacts, spam, wayn, feature

Posted by massimo.brembilla at 22:31 | |


  1. Ciao Massimo,

    io ho un account in WAYN (sai la mia deformazione professionale :),e non ti dico "feel free to get in touch with me to implement your network" perchè immagino sarai arrabbiato con loro ;)),

    mi sembra di averlo da un 10 mesi e per fortuna non mi è successo niente di simile anche perchè mi sarebbero girati alquanto i marulanda ;)

    Posted by Carlo Branca on Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 at 23:57

  2. Massimo,
    ma cancelli plz la tua MAIL dall'articolo, OK :) ti manca lo spam che hai gia'?!

    non ci interessa in quale mailbox ti era arrivato questo messagio. e' importante DA CHI e' arrivato.

    allora ti suggerisco editare il messaggio per nascondere la tua mail.

    Posted by Andrey on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 14:05

  3. Se devo ripostare in inglese ci sono anche io :)
    Or maybe it's better so in 2 language,
    so we can show how much MilanIN is international :)

    Posted by Carlo Branca on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 14:29

  4. Carlo, ma MilanIN e' gia' troppo international, non e' stato mai Italiano :)

    basta vedere statistica per "ALL BLOGS", hahaha

    All Members Blogs

    Posted by Andrey, mooolto international ;) on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 14:44

  5. ok,
    thankyou andrey for the suggestions.
    switch in english and hide the original address.
    will do in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, seconds!!


    Posted by Massimo Brembilla on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 15:00

  6. I'm also a user of WAYN and I have to say that nothing like this has ever happened to me. Only thing you have to do is to block invites from your privacy page on WAYN. That's it. WAYN is a great website, many interesting people and cultures there, nothing like others sites about travelling and lifestyle:) far more better.

    Posted by Guest ( Anonymous )/ on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 12:46

  7. Ciao WAYN-marketing! it's nice to find you here ;-).
    If you look better at this topic's creation date you'll see it's a 2008 old problem when it's true that WAYN was a bit too different from what it has become now.

    Compliments on your achievements guys, however in the early days of WAYN's launch there were probably made some confusing marketing decisions... ;-)

    Posted by Andrey Golub on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 12:54

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