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Social Networking. Why facebook is safer than myspace

Updated on January 14, 2011
Old School social Networking
Old School social Networking

The Modern World and Dinosours

My wife has been spreading herself all over, from MySpace, to Facebook. Blog here, blog there. Hubs hubs hubs. Twitter to Skype. I just couldn’t get the hype.

One of my MySpace pages
One of my MySpace pages
My facebook page
My facebook page

Why Facebook is safer than MySpace

E- Preditors Beware-

When I first signed up for MySpace, I had two friends, my Wife and Tom. I started getting these things saying, "One of your friends has a crush on you." I thought, how cute. My wife hasn't felt that way in quite some time. Perhaps I could rekindle the old flames and get a little action going. I started courting her again.

{The dictionary defines courting as--
1): To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
2): To attempt to gain the favor of by attention or flattery
3): Zoology- To behave so as to attract (a mate).}

I am already married so I thought I could use the second one to get to the third one. Oh yeah. I could use a little "Mating" action.

My wife enjoyed the extra attention and E-flirting to a degree, but when asked about the "Crush" she did not fess up. At first I thought she was being shy. Then I accused her of being Coy. I found myself frustrated

Then it dawned on me.... I have heard of things like this at work. Around the break table I have overheard some of the "hourly employees", as I eavesdrop on them to find out about "employee morale", talking about Jerry Springer and "Oh girl, my cousins babies daddy had that happen to his girlfriends nephew, you know, the one that lives upstairs from the beauty parlor." I didn't know what to do.

It had to be this Tom person. He seemed to know a lot about technical stuff... He was a sexual E-predator! At first I was afraid to Google the subject. I was sure that Tom had placed some sort of "Spyware" on my laptop. Oh my god. Did he have control of my built in Web Cam? I had to do something. I logged onto the "guest account" on my computer. I figured that might throw him off long enough for me to do a Google search.


What I found on my 3rd search, both astounded and frightened me. People had been deleted. This Tom was more powerful than I thought. I went back to my old activist days. Make a lot of noise, they cant hit you while your in the spotlight. Get a Grass roots action going! That proved to be much harder then it was back in my "Hippie Daze". All people seemed to be worrying about at the time was, "Taking it to a higher level". "A change in America", and some "Maverick" and that lady from SNL running for Vice President because she saw "Russians in her back yard."

Everyone was occupied with this whole hoopla. Even some plumber named Joe. I thought all plumbers were worried about was where to find their next bottle. Even they were sucked into this whole cult like election phenomenon. What about me? The people?

I would get no help from regular society.

I had to go "Underground" for help. I had to go to the nerds. One told me that Tom was a level 32 Grand Mage and I would need an army of Orcs with at least a level 17 thief and a .......I had to end the chat on this one.

The next one told me the force was too strong with Tom, and my Jedi mind tricks would not work. Damn. (How did he know about my Jedi mind trick anyways?).

Finally I found a true computer hackers site online, with all sorts of codes like HTML and XML and .......CSS. I found the code to "Remove" Tom from my friends. Yeah Baby. TAKE THAT! How do you like that one "Sunny Jim"?

I was safe. I could once again surf in peace. Oh, I still get the occasional message saying one of my friends has a crush on me. Its probably just one of the Band members in "The Livers". You know how those musicians can be. I won't click into the message cause I don't want my wife to find out. But I secretly smile and I am flattered to know, one of my friends has a crush on me.

 

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    kate 55555 7 years ago

    that thing about myspace is scary. i'm never getting a myspace!!

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    I have now signed off of facebook for the last time. Don't need it or care, but the point of this was really just a base for my short story on E-preditors

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    pgrundy 8 years ago

    Wow, this was just too creepy. I joined Twitter and Facebook but find them mostly annoying. I just did it to promote my hubs and writing at other sites, but I'm totally with Iphigenia on the dumb pretend plants and clubs and endless junior high crap that site promotes. What a waste of time! The longer I am online the more weirdness I encounter. Still, it isn't any worse than real life, not really. Glad you got rid of your creep. :)

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    bestlifepossible- :D

    Sweetie Pie- Thank you for reading my hub and commenting.

    ;)

    priyank 07- I have not checked out Linkedin yet. Thx.

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    priyank07 8 years ago from New Delhi

    I am on Facebook, nominally on MySpace (never go there) and got dragged into LinkedIn by a friend.

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    SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

    I am comfortable with both, but your hub is very true.

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    Bestlifepossible 8 years ago from Cary, NC

    I for one LIKE your satire and since you didn't have the articles on myspace and facebook (as you mentioned above) I thought it was hilarious that you thought someone REALLY had a crush on you and thought Tom was a stalker - very funny stuff!! :)

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    JJ 8 years ago

    Myspace wouldn't even let me create an account...I must be bad news LOL...FACEBOOK is better....

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    I have now revised it to only display the short story and not the articles on myspace and facebook.

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    This is basically a hub intended to showcase my satire on the whole "Some one has a crush on you"  app, that kept popping up on my myspace account, using Tom, the "admins posing as a friend" on myspace.  Claiming he was a Virtual Predator and all.  Just put the short articles on myspace and face book (the first two sections)  at the top as lead- in's  or back ground for the story. 

    I must not have done a good job as nobody seemed to get that part. :(

    So it is obviously my bad. You live and you learn.

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    Susan Ng Yu 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    What about myspace Tom and Facebook quizzes?  I'm missing something here. :O

    I'm on facebook, myspace, friendster, tagged, and twitter.  I'm only active on facebook though.  I visit the others once every blue moon.  (Once every paper moon? :P)

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    The internet is a time trap. I have moved from myspace to face to hubpages. Beware of tom on myspace, quizes on face book , and Pest on hubs. LOL

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    Dink96 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

    Very informative. I was falling into joining a lot of sites and I, too, realized it was taking time away from REAL life, so I started deleting them, one by one until I have just a couple (HubPages is a keeper). All the rest are timerobbers for me. Great blog. Thanks.

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    druneric- just watch out fot that Tom fellow

    Gypsy Willow- Sory I didnt get back sooner, thought I had. I do enjoy facebook, though now am addicted to hubpages. But alas, I got stalked here too. But after my TOM expirience on Myspace, I think I handled it better. LOL

    Tom-.....TOM? OH MY GOD! THE MYSPACE STALKER! YOU FOUND ME. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh. . Uh, are you?

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    Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

    I am on Facebook, nominally on MySpace (never go there) and got dragged into LinkedIn by a friend. There truly is no end to it. Facebook is worth it to me because my kids are on Facebook and we have "friended" each other. Now their friends are always telling them, "Hey, your dad's on Facebook. What's up with that?" Great fun.

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    Gypsy Willow 8 years ago

    Enjoyed your hub and I agree social networks are a time stealer but on the other hand I have caught up with old friends that I had lost contact with and have been delighted to find again. I have just started hubbing and I love it. It has forced me to revise old thoughts, check out facts and write, write write. I love it

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    Donna Runeric 8 years ago from Ohio

    Wow, I've seen that "crush" junk, but just figured it was someone trying to get me to buy something.

    Very funny and enlightening hub. Thanks

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    Iphigenia- I couldnt fathom even surfing all of those sites muchless trying to be active in them. Sounds like all of those stupid activities got you stressed. Do you need a hug? (((hug))).

    Hawkesdream- There are so many things at hubpages to take our time, and are quite rewarding. (mentally) I enjoy reading so many hubs!

    GT- Quick, hide under here!

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    goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

    I'm in hiding, only here at hubpages to screw around

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    Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

    I am on Facebook and Twitter, not got the bug yet, have only been taking them seriously over the past couple of weeks, who has the time, hubpages take it all.

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    Iphigenia 8 years ago

    I joined a whole load - and soon made the amzingly obvious discovery that they are all "time thieves". I spent time trying to keep up and develope the 'hip' kind of responses that those who seem to be most active are fluent in. I hated all those stupid activities like getting kidnapped or being poked, hugged or worse! I was with : FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg, Mixx, TagFoot and a few more. Those listed are the ones I really tried with ... it was a full-time job ! the last 5 were a bit different - but it was necessary to be a very active member for it to 'work.'

    Now, I write because I enjoy it and I also need to make money - until a user has reached critical mass on any of these sites and attracted the attention of many people other than those who already know your work - the likelihood of getting additional traffic, people who will read and 'click' - then there is no benefit.

    I now only use FaceBook and Twitter. Over the last few weeks I have developed a strategy that is beginning to produce an increased 'relevant' number of visitors to my hubs, blogs and website. I spend 3 lots of 10 - 15 minutes a day using this technique - I choose three times a day to cover the broad time zones. No more times thieves, more time to write, more clicking readers !

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    Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

    Feline Prophet- I agree that chucking sheep is not all that it was. lol. I do still use it, and love getting interesting posts and pictures. Thx for reading.

    Sharrie- Oh, you noticed that did you! ;) Loved the hub!

    I agree about the ability to strech your boundries, from a smaller sphere. As with everything, balence is a good thing. On the one hand, the world is not such a safe place, where I feel free to let my sons and daughters roam as I did. I dont even think social networks will be in their future for quite some time. I joked about "Tom" being an E-Preditor, but there are real ones out there. Hopefully they will have the best of both worlds. Technology and mushy hand written love letters, (hopefully written to only one person, :D

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    sharrie69 8 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

    heheh..cool my hub is starring in your screenshot. :-)

    Thing that worries me most about social networking sites is that teens are living out three quarters of their lives in cyberspace now. I stare in horror at my teen age daughter and her friends all sitting around a table eating pizza and texting people on their cell phones instead of looking each other in the eye and having a good chat and a laugh.

    In some ways the cyber world is great..you can have information at your fingertips in a flash, learn anything under the sun, meet wonderful new people, enrich your mind and stretch your boundaries,but what are we sacrificing in return? Its sort of scary to think that the days of a mushy hand written love letter with hearts doodled all over it and handed to you by a blushing boy with sweaty palms has been replaced by text messages that say "I luv U". (probably sent out to 6 other chicks on his friend list)

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    Feline Prophet 8 years ago

    Social networking tends to pall after a while, unless you're using it to connect with long lot pals. In India orkut is very popular and a lot of people are making friends with total strangers there...it's fun initially but after a bit you realise how forced all the bonhomie is. When I was first introduced to Facebook I would chuck sheep at people and send karma, till someone warned me about the dangers of unknown applications. Now I use Facebook to look at the pictures that friends are putting up!