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    "I Was Just Friended By Myself On Facebook (And It Only Gets Weirder From There)"

    A cautionary tale re: social media.

    I Was Just Friended By Myself On Facebook (And It Only Gets Weirder From There) (Huffington Post)
    I got a friend request from Bianca Bosker on Wednesday night.

    I’m Bianca Bosker, one of just three on Facebook, so the notification took me by surprise.

    What followed spooked me: When I finally scoped out this new Bosker at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, I found myself staring back at me.

    Someone had created a Facebook profile under my name, with my picture, and with all my personal information -- and then immediately friended me.

    This new Bianca had the same cover photo as the old Bianca (aka me); an identical list of jobs, schools and affiliations; and had “liked” the same pages I’ve “liked” (...) Even more disturbing was the fact that “Bianca Bosker’s” most recent status update was word-for-word, period-for-period, my most recent status update.
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    and, as Ms. Bosker writes, it only got weirder from there; the story at the link, with pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    A cautionary tale re: social media.

    I Was Just Friended By Myself On Facebook (And It Only Gets Weirder From There) (Huffington Post)

    and, as Ms. Bosker writes, it only got weirder from there; the story at the link, with pictures
    Reading that freaks me out enough to not even click the link

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    that is weird...

    i have gotten weird emails from someone with my exact name...i always deleted them being afraid of god-knows-what?? viruses, financial snoopers etc. and the fake me was sending emails to my family and friends...turned out to be just garden variety scams...they finally went away...guess no one fell for it and they moved on...lol

    facebook is becoming stranger by the day...i spend a lot of time pondering the possible ills of facebook and wonder when a new "thing" will arrive on scene to replace facebook..i guess im looking for a way or a reason to delete my account....jmho

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    I've just never "gotten" Facebook (possibly because I'm old and set in my ways). Advertising oneself to anyone who just happens along? Invitation to trouble. (I'm sounding more like my parents every day.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    I've just never "gotten" Facebook (possibly because I'm old and set in my ways). Advertising oneself to anyone who just happens along? Invitation to trouble. (I'm sounding more like my parents every day.)
    but that is the truth of it...and these young kids do not understand. i dont know what i would have done with all of this technology when i was a teen or younger.

    facebook has more power to it than most give it credit for imo...one of these days a war will break out over something said on facebook. i can just see it now...and the spying potential from governmental institutions is just off the charts...its the american stazi...lol

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    I think people impersonating someone who is famous (the article said the author had 220k subscribers) is pretty normal. Not to say it's not weird, but I would be more creeped out if it was a completely ordinary person.

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    i do have my fb on lock down, lol, but i still have friends who have friends etc.. and fb continuously changes its privacy terms...that was seen during the arab spring...

    i dont understand these people who have wide open pages and 1000+ friends...but we see it here all the time, its one of the first things searched for when a person goes missing...jmho

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    Spoofing happens- Facebook isn't what it used to be

    I got off the site, and I won't ever go back. JMO.
    Not a part of Twitter, or Piniterest, or any other " social network" stuff.
    I want control over how I connect on the internet more than the social media sites give. Anyone can be anyone on the Internet, as this proves.
    Facebook makes it CLEAR that mutual friends can see all of your friends list and so forth. If a person is from a small town or lives in a small town, it's probably worse privacy wise than being from a large city. The site needs to go away, it's served it's purpose, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeekingJana View Post
    I got off the site, and I won't ever go back. JMO.
    Not a part of Twiter, or Piniterest, or any other " social network" stuff.

    I want control over how I connect on the internet more than the social media sites give. Anyone can be anyone on the Internet, as this proves.
    so you just stick to email and thats it? just curious, because im seriously thinking of dumping it all too...

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    I almost deleted my Facebook after I friended myself. Although it wasn't me, and the picture was not of me, the woman did look very similar to my mother, I look very similar to a younger version of my mother...therefore, she looked somewhat like an older me. She had my name, including middle and birth month and day, although the years were 21 years apart. She had many of the same likes and interests that I did, including things that were local to my area. Her area, such as city or even state/country, weren't listed. She sent me a frieqnd request and a message that made it sound like she didn't know we had all the similarities we did. Now, my name is not that uncommon on Facebook (at least my maiden name) but that was quite frightening to me. I never responded, I just left the request pending and deleted the message she sent.

    I'm gonna screw up my courage and read the rest of the link now.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.


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    I can't read the huffpo on this computer but I can comment on facebook. I generally hate it, but I use it. I've deactivated my account before, but I always reactivate it (I think FB is kind of like the hotel California -- you can check out but you can never leave. Is that the lyric? I'm not an Eagles fan.)

    I do like keeping in touch with my friends as I live quite far from where I spent my teens and twenties. It is generally how I keep in touch with my Mom, as well. I am SO SO SO glad that facebook, twitter, texting, and camera phones, did not exist when I was a teenager. Wow. I did some stupid shite - lots of it - and I'm glad that there is no photographic evidence of it. I was also pretty angsty, so my status updates would have been pretty lame.

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    If this happens to me, I'll put myself on ignore...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peliman View Post
    If this happens to me, I'll put myself on ignore...
    brilliant!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brighidin View Post
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    I do like keeping in touch with my friends as I live quite far from where I spent my teens and twenties. It is generally how I keep in touch with my Mom, as well.
    Exactly! And this is why the few should not ruin Facebook for the majority. I use Facebook as my primary way to keep in touch with nieces and nephews and extended family and friends from long ago. You just have to be discriminating in what you post and to whom... Basic common sense.
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    Just what the world needs, more FB pages, and cloned ones at that. This could pose a serious problem for some of our sleuthers.
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