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Wow! ApnaCircle Has Company Pages That Get Created By Themselves

ApnaCircle.com apparently has company pages which get created by themselves. We got an email yesterday from them, indicating that a company page has been created for us, along-with a verification link. That was followed up promptly by another email indicating that a profile had been created for us, and with a generic password. This was followed up with another mail informing us how to improve our company pages account.

As far as we are concerned, this action of creating an account was completely unsolicited. It would also be highly unlikely that the account could have been created by an external party, since the verification link came to us, and despite us not clicking on it, the account was created.

Below are somewhat partial screenshots of the emails we received, followed by the text of the three emails we’ve received. ApnaCircle company pages were launched in September last year. Makes us wonder about how many of the company pages they’ve set up so far are voluntary.

This is, of course, besides the fact that their passwords don’t appear to be hashed and salted.

ApnaCircle was apparently acquired by French business networking site Viadeo in 2009.


Email 1:


Hello Nikhil,
Congratulations on creating the MediaNama Company Page.

Before you can start working on your Company Page, please click here.

If the link above doesn’t work, please copy and paste ***link redacted*** directly into your browser.

Upon confirmation, your MediaNama Company Page will be live and ready for you to reach out to your business partners, clients, and prospective talent.

Looking forward to seeing you on ApnaCircle,
The ApnaCircle Company Pages Team

Email 2:



Thank you for the opportunity to introduce ApnaCircle Company Page solutions for your business.

Your profile on ApnaCircle.com has been created and your access details are here below:

Username: nikhil@medianama.com
Password: ***password redacted*** (Please change your password immediately on your first login itself)

To complete to the verification of your company page, please click on the verification mail sent to nikhil@medianama.com (Please do check your spam folder as well)

Some of the advantages of ApnaCircle Company Pages are here below:

· Increase business opportunities to discover new clients, staff and business partners

· Enhance brand visibility and empower online reputation

· Manage and develop a network of professional contacts

Complete your Company Page profile by updating the product & services that you offer along with other details like your company logo, syncing your Twitter account etc.

To manage your own page, click here or copy paste the URL below on your browser.


Feel free to clarify any information with regard to your profile & company page on ApnaCircle.com

Email 3


Dear Nikhil

We’re delighted to have you here.

ApnaCircle is designed around you and your professional world. It’s about widening your circle of contacts and making you more visible to other professionals in your industry or field of expertise. Here are a few suggestions from us to get you started in order to give you a perfect networking experience.

Add a photo to your profile. We’ve found that a profile with a photo is around ten times more likely to get noticed than one without. We also suggest you fill in your professional and educational experience as having an enriched profile solves the purpose of professional networking.
>Try it now

Add your contacts, or better still, use our clever address book uploader that will scan your Outlook or Webmail address book automatically. It’s worth doing this once a month or so.
>Try it now
We’ll send you a weekly personalised summary which tells you what is happening in your circle. If you find that’s too often for you, it’s easy to reduce the frequency in your account settings. However, we suggest it is worth keeping it turned on for the first few weeks to help you learn about new features at ApnaCircle.

Thank you,
The ApnaCircle Team

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