Facebook; Use a Little Sense

Step Carefully

The problem with Facebook, or any
other 'social network' can be best
displayed by this real event.

George Bush was speaking to
Tony Blair, not appreciating an
open microphone.

I don't know if you recall Bush using rather unsavoury language, and Blair shutting off his microphone rather late in the diatribe.

If you hold the image, aware that everything you say, every image you post is seen by every single person on Facebook, you will be more reticent and safer.

What to Not Do - Introduction

I suppose it is obvious that you should not post nude or compromising photographs.

Many people do.
They think that no one can see these images but their 'friends'.

If you have six friends and think your images have limited exposure to only those six friends, think again. These friends also have friends who have friends. Your image comes before a lot of people you don't know. And they can pretty much do whatever they please.

Adjoined with that fact is another, rather insane one; the fact many people seem to have hundreds if not thousands of 'friends'.

If You Google...

If you do a 'Google' of '
naked pictures + Facebook'
you will see a lot of stupid
people in disgusting poses.

You may find it impossible
to imagine that anyone
could take such a photograph; even if s/he is a $2.00 whore.
Yet, thousands of people take these photos as if they are in the privacy of their homes using one of those 'instamatic' camera.

As bad as these photographs are, they are only the very tip of the ice berg.


Stupid People+Access

When Personal Computers first
arrived, you had to be some
what of a geek to use them.

Nothing was automatic unless
you programmed the action.

Hence you would start the
computer, get a C:\
(called a 'c' prompt) then enter your instructions.

You could do an autoexec.bat command so that you could basically tell the computer;

"When you turn on, after you do your self checks,
go directly to Windows and bring up Netscape,"

The user who could do this had a triple digit I.Q. and understood the nature of the World Wide Web.

Understood that as soon as s/he reached Netscape (a browser) and entered a social networking site, whether a Message Board or a 'Chat Channel',
everything typed could be seen by everyone who had access, hence one was on their best behaviour.

Unfortunately, Windows '95 opened the Internet to persons who should not be allowed out without a Nurse. People so stupid that they had to be trained to plug in the computer before turning it.

People all over the world, who knew nothing about computers, the Internet, were now capable of connection. It has proved to be as dangerous as giving a 3 year old a loaded gun.


What Not To Do - Identity

Pederests will gather around kiddie movies to find their victims. You know this, you don't let your child go alone.

Pederests, rapists, criminals, jihadi, and every other kind of sub-human predator gather on Facebook. You don't know this. So you let your child go alone. You expose yourself to danger, unaware of what you are doing.

You think everyone on Facebook is normal, decent, in fact, you look at their photo or you read their page and think, "Oh yes, Scott Grant, 25 year old male model who lives in Hawaii. Seems nice."

You don't even imagine that Scott Grant is a 19 year old Nigerian scammer who is on Facebook for the purpose of getting your money out of your pocket.

Of course, Nigerians aren't alone. They are just Number One.

The wisest idea is to use a psuedonym, use a false image, and never reveal anything that could identify you.

Hence, instead of 18 year old Cathy Birbaum who lives at 1301 New York Avenue in Brooklyn, New York posting this, she calls herself 'Birny', (the nick her friends know her by) posts an image of a puppy, and when it comes to 'address', well America is good enough.

Cathy tells her friends that this is her page, and they tell her what name they use. So she knows who they are, they know who they are communicating with. All the other people who view her page, who she doesn't know, she doesn't accept 'friend' requests. All those posts which appear on her page from people she doesn't know, (but are friends of her friends) she keeps distant.

In this way she has the benefit of Facebook, few of the detriments.

Catching the Drift

Facebook makes its money by Ads. It isn't just stupid pop-ups. It is the fact that every keystroke is monitored and every word is analysed.

Let me give you an example. You complain about your car. The next thing is that every site you seem to go to has an advertisement about Cars. You don't know that Facebook has loaded what you can call a 'cookie' on your computer which you will have to physically delete to stop getting car ads.

Another example; anything you click on, whether 'ad removal' or other item, has lasting effects. Don't do anything 'internal'. Don't add your school, your profession, anything. Leave the page as is/where is.

The less you interact on Facebook, the better.

What Not To Do - Information

Too many people post images of their families, their virtual address, licence numbers of their car, the school they attend or the office they work at, so that anyone can pretty much pinpoint them.

So Shelly describes how she is taking a Cruise on Saturday and someone who has been watching her and has seen images of her new house, and knows she lives in Orlando near a paticular supermarket, can easily walk along the road, find the house, break in, clean it out, and leave without much risk.

After all, the housebreaker lives in Ft. Lauderdale. He has taken the bus to Orlando, he has done his 'Google Earth', he has found public transport which takes him to that supermarket, he completes his crime, gets back to Ft. Lauderdale. A week later, Shelly finds all her valuables, including that diamond ring her mother gave her, missing.

Never post what you intend to do. Post ex post facto. Post when you return, not when you are going.

Jenny was fired. She had used Facebook in her own name to express how much she hates her boss. Her boss is also on Facebook.

Barry was angry at his girlfriend and posted how he intended to kill her. The F.B.I. monitors Facebook.


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