ChatToText Exposed- MLM scam on Facebook and Twitter
By: Dennis Yu
In his fight against MLM scams, here is another guest post by Dennis Yu.
Have you seen ChatToText? Sign up for $5.99 a month, which then allows you to enroll others at $5.99 a month. The more folks you have under you, the more money you can make. Get in on the ground floor now before it’s too late! Why work your dull day job when you can be a ChatToText mogul raking in the millions, just like those people you see on late night infomercials (blonde models and rented sport cars not included). So don’t spend too much time thinking– just sign up right now and PayPal me, while I’ve got you all excited.
This is their promotional video:They even use a pyramid diagram in the video! Folks, if the illustration describing how you’re going to make money relies on something that looks like a pyramid, um – don’t argue. It’s just a bad thing.
Okay, fine– it got shut down by Facebook for violating their terms of service– Section 3.3 about pyramid schemes. But as Shawn Pringle, ChatToText founder and CEO of TopNet Solutions, rightly asserts on allfacebook.com– it was because Facebook was afraid of ChatToText and wanted to roll this service into their own product. They shut it down because they saw how ingenious the idea was of having friends sell out their friends, who sell out their friends, for $6 a month.
Facebook better hurry up and do what MySpace and Twitter are doing to allow scammers to monetize. For example, there are a ton of players that sell sponsored tweets, where you as a user can allow somebody to inject ads into your tweets– not marked as ads, of course, since that would defeat the whole purpose. The point is that you can sell your trust– and friends who sign up for scams won’t know what you actually like versus what’s a disguised promotional message.
Imagine that– virtual identity theft at perhaps 10 cents per occurrence. Where do I sign up? I think I’m running low on nutritional products from The Biggest Loser. Probably need to stock up on Viagra, too.
Hey, if Facebook gets to keep all their ad revenue, as the ChatToText founder asserts, why can’t other parasites join the game? It’s just not fair that Facebook can do the hard work necessary to build a legitimate community where users trust one another — and then not allow us to come in and leech off it. Medical marijuana in Colorado is legal, so what’s the big deal with allowing a few pyramid schemes in?
You can always identify folks like me because of how one-sided my arguments are. If anyone ever attacks my pyramid scheme or MLM, I like to argue how they’re not the same thing. I will completely ignore your well-stated arguments and respond back in 3rd grade English. Just look at Send Out Cards – certainly a legitimate MLM, but one where the hard core believers don’t want to admit that 69% of these folks never earned a penny. And these are statistics that MLMs have to publish by law, so it’s hard to argue.
It’s like trying to argue about how many calories a bag of Cheetos has, when anyone who is literate can read the nutritional label themselves. Yet some people will keep asserting that if you are eating Cheetos while watching The Biggest Loser, then those calories don’t get absorbed by the body. Arguing on the Internet….