Pretty much everyone these days is registered on a social networking site and more or less active. Be it myspace, Facebook, StudiVZ [German Facebook clone], LinedIN, Pownce, etc.
Came across a few things lately that made me think of each other.
Facebuuu….Facebooo….Facebook. OK, yea, OK, yea….OK yea I like facebook….kinda. [...]
You get to find out what everyone is upto and talk to them somewhere that they will actually see it. No matter if you have new email addresses or phone numbers, i guess the facebook will remain the same for a while. I’ve just got chatting to loads of people via facebook, from complete randomers to guys i’ve not seen in years.
Combine that with this picture that’s also in his post and voila I get reminded of a video that was on Digg ages ago.
Admittedly past the humour of it it does show how scary facebook and the information revealed can be. Not a day goes by in which some newspaper or site warns everyone to be aware of the information posted:
Facebook users are putting themselves at serious risk of identity theft, they were warned today. Posting just a handful of personal details on the website can give fraudsters all the information they need. Armed with information found on your Facebook page, they can open bank accounts and credit cards in your name.
BBC1 consumer show Watchdog conducted an experiment by setting up a fictional identity on Facebook. The Watchdog team created a user called ‘Amba Friend’, accompanied by a cartoon picture of an attractive girl in her 20s. ‘Amba’ then contacted 100 people at random inviting them to be her friend. Despite knowing nothing about the person, 35 of those contacted replied immediately – giving “Amba” and the Watchdog team access to any personal details they shared on the site.
One of them was Scott Gould, 23, from Devon. [...] They were then able to open an online bank account in his name and successfully apply for a credit card.
My profile is completely set to private and people I don’t know in real life only have access to my limited profile, but it is always better to be careful…
Matt’s view on myspace from the same post:
I had to set up a myspace site for my Enterprise computing course so i realised again why I hated it. The look, the navigation, the music, the pictures….all of it just infuriates me. I was looking at my cousins bebo site today and that’s gone the way of myspace which again is shit.
I completely agree which is why this [which is completely shamelessly stolen from Collin's blog] made me laugh so much:
“The ideal Myspace layout looks something like this:
Btw if you’re looking for a video that literally makes you go ‘WTF?!’, have a look at this one.