Social networking giant MySpace.com has sued once-rival TheGlobe.com, according to a small blurb in the Detroit Free Press. TheGlobe.com was one of the earlier social networking sites, offering a games portal along with its other endeavors. Many watched TheGlobe.com, along with its founder, Stephan Paternot, go through a series of silly changes in the earlier part of the decade, and TheGlobe.com, at least as anybody knew it, is now essentially gone.
However, not gone enough to not be sued, nor, according to MySpace, not gone enough to not have sent 100,000 pieces of spam to MySpace.com and its users.
The lawsuit, which was filed under CAN-SPAM, seeks $62million in damages, and alleges that TheGlobe.com sent at least 100,000 pieces of spam to MySpace users, advertising telephone software, and making it appear to come from other MySpace users.
Explained a MySpace spokesperson, “Attempting to capitalize on the popularity of MySpace.com, TheGlobe.com implemented a scheme to falsely gain access to the MySpace Web site for the purpose of spamming MySpace users.”
This isn’t the first time that someone has attempted to use the MySpace engine and spam MySpace users for gain. Last year teenager Tony Greco spammed all of the MySpace users through the MySpace messaging system, and attempted to extort MySpace CEO Tom Anderson into giving him a job.
Anderson gave Greco whatfor, instead, leading him directly to authorities where he was arrested. I guess TheGlobe.com didn’t learn from Greco’s mistake. I wonder if they will learn from their own.