Invites to Facebook mail probably fake

Twitter is currently buzzing about invites to Facebook Messages. Many people want to be among the first to try out the new mail that was announced by Facebook yesterday so when they see that you can get one of 100,000 invites by just retweeting a message, of course many take the chance.

The problem is that this is most probably completely fake. Why? Well, first of all, we’ve seen it before. When people were desperate to get an invite to Google Wave, they got tricked into retweeting the message“RT @waveinvite Just requested my Google Wave Invite! Get yours at” which was fake. The link went to a site that contained material that was NSFW.

Second, how are they going to send an invite to someone who just retweeted a message, when they are not following you back? I don’t get that. And third, there are two different accounts pulling the same almost identical stunt, @fb_com and @FBeMail. Do you really think Facebook would communicate this way, using accounts that were just created? I don’t. So once again, think before you retweet something. It may not be true.

“100,000+ Advanced Invites to Facebook mail Available. Follow @fb_com and ReTweet for invite #facebook #facebookinvites #facebookemail

Invite Facebook mail

“Advanced Invites to Facebook mail Available. Follow @FBeMail and RT for invite #facebook #facebookinvites #facebookemail

Facebook mail invites

You can apply for an invite on the Messages page inside Facebook. And if you want to see what it looks like when you get the invititation, Jeremiah Owyang has a screen shot on Flickr.