This Pinterest Scammer Is Making More Than $1,000 a Day

By Alexis C. Madrigal

Is Silicon Valley's latest hot product the easiest to social network to game? A successful spammer seems to think so.

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A 24-year-old Pinterest spammer interviewed by The Daily Dot revealed some fascinating details about the business of making money in the moral gray area of social network spamming. The most pertinent, perhaps, is that the unnamed man is already making $1,000 a day and expects to be making $2,500 a day next week.

The spammer claimed to have spent time spamming both Twitter and Facebook. How does the latest hot network compare to those incumbents? "Pinterest is by FAR the easiest social network to spam right now," he said. "Quite possibly the easiest ever to spam."

The particular scheme he's deployed uses bots to post pictures of products to Pinterest that are available on Amazon. When people clickthrough those links and purchase something, he gets a cut like all affiliate marketers. 

Oh, and of course, this user is unrepentant and realistic:

"I have no guilt," he told the Daily Dot. "I'm not trying to scam anyone, or upload viruses to their computer or anything like that. I simply show products to the Pinterest community. I realize that I'm spamming the crap out of the site, but its nothing personal, just business.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/this-pinterest-scammer-is-making-more-than-1-000-a-day/255160/