Never had Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, none of them. Never will. Guess you can call me odd, that's fine, but never had the desire to. It seemed pretty
Now, seeing all of the privacy issues related to social networking, and the latest "bug" they had, I am rather glad. There are so many other ways to
keep in touch with people, so I don't buy into that excuse. We used Skype for gaming a long time ago, but once it got sold, I never used it again,
I was especially creeped out when I learned Facebook creates "shadow profiles" of people that have never created Facebook profiles. That's over the
top. Complete with all their friends and contacts. Wow.
Let me give you a small example of why this is especially frightening.
Many years ago, we got a calling card for our landline. We never received it in the mail. We lived in an apartment complex with one of those little
mailhouses, and there was always quite the crowd there in the evenings when people coming home from work were stopping by. It was ridiculous, the
doors to entire sections would be swung open, mail on the ground, etc.
Well, one day, we were on our way out for a Saturday afternoon and we stopped at the mailboxes. My husband pulls out a 9 x 12 envelope about a half
inch thick. When he got in the car, he handed it to me while he started driving. It was from the phone company.
Rather curious and confused, I opened the envelope and pulled out a phone BILL. Over 40 pages for one month, and the bill states, "Pay within 7 days
to avoid interruption of service."
"Amount due: 30,590.00"
I shrieked. Oh, did I curse. I screamed, yelled, had a hissy fit. We made it to the other side of the mailboxes, as my husband hit the brakes on the
car. Right next to the payphones. Two of them.
I leapt out of the car, and as I am on the phone with the phone company, I notice the first two numbers on the bill are the very pay phones I am
No, I didn't have to pay the bill. Over 30 countries were called using my calling card number, and the theif, I found out, lived in my apartmemt
complex, and drove a Mercedes paid for in CASH. He was one of the ring leaders of a Nigerian smuggling ring that included employees I tracked down,
and reported that worked at the IRS.
Turned out the FBI knew all about him, he turned over 300,000 a month in stolen credit cards, used the IRS to get stolen identities, and guess what?
Nothing ever happened to him? The FBI said to me if they deported him, he would be back in the country in a week with a new ID.
Now, I am permenently linked to this group of people because I used my phone to track them down, investigate, and find out who they were.
The next month, because the phone company erred and failed to cut off the card, I got another bill for 10,000.00
Needless to say, I didn't pay that one either.
But, it begs the question, how many of those 30 countries was my phone number forever linked to, and how many watch lists was I put on? I don't fly,
but I fear if I had to one day, I may not be able to.
See, they don't know, nor do they care, if the connections are legit. They just record the data. When you get friended by friends of friends of
friends of friends, you know NOTHING about those people, their connections, and the troubles that could bring into your life.
Think of it as safe sex for the digital world. Remember, you sleep with someone, you sleep with everyone they wver zlwpt with, too. Same for
Facebook.They poke you, they are poking you with fingers that you have NO idea where they have been.
edit on 26-6-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)