19 responses

  1. Amy
    March 20, 2010

    So well said! But really, you can’t be informed about people who look at your facebook profile? Cause when I see people have done this, I make a mental note to never look at their profile!

  2. Karen
    March 21, 2010

    Thanks for joining me on my soapbox!!
    I get so irritated with all the ‘junk’ that goes around. It generally gets deleted straight away.

  3. Angela Ison
    March 21, 2010

    Great Post, I am learning to be more careful online, I am a follower now!

  4. Margaret
    March 23, 2010

    I couldn’t have said all of this in a nicer way!!!
    Thanks Karen for posting the link.
    It is darn frustrating how many people simply don’t use COMMON SENSE with junk/spam emails. Many years ago I searched for ’email tracking’ and got to a site…. urbanlegends.com which also explains the fact / fiction of emails.

    As for people looking at my facebook profile…… I really don’t mind who looks because there’s facebook security and SETTINGS. I haven’t seen a legitimate facebook setting that allows one to SEE who has checked out ones profile. (or am I not setting my settings correctly??)

    There’s as much good, as there is bad, stuff on the internet, if not more.
    Have fun and learn everyone! :-)

  5. Steph
    March 29, 2010

    Thanks you! :)

  6. kolfinnas korner
    March 29, 2010

    I say AMEN to your post, however you can’t always trust snopes. They have false information and give out false information on their page. My husband is a locksmith, and some of the things they say about different ways to defeat/bypass a lock are totally un-true. If you want more information, send me an e-mail and I can ask my husband…..he knows more about snopes issues than I do. Unfortunately the internet is so full of misleading information it’s hard to tell the truth from stories sometimes.

    I learned a long time ago not to even entertain the thought of such awesome ideas. I just hit the “junk” button and go on with my business. I have stopped playing games and joining groups on facebook (except for 2 games) and I ony join groups or become fans of local businesses or local causes.
    .-= kolfinnas korner´s last blog ..Food Waste Friday =-.

  7. Susan S.
    March 29, 2010

    I am so glad that someone finally made a blog about this subject! The ignore or block application is my favorite friend on facebook. I am like you, I only join sites I actually want to. I have heard horror stories of Christian people joining a group, than the group leader changing the name to Satan’s followers and stuff like that.

    Thanks for a great article!

  8. Cecilia
    March 29, 2010

    Thanks Sarah for saying this out loud.

    I have a good friend that falls for these ALL. THE. TIME. …the latest was that $500 GIFT CARD FOR OLIVE GARDEN THIS WEEK ONLY IF YOU JOIN THIS GROUP! And then I proceed to give her the link of the actual website where it says it is false, but she continues joining/believing these things.

    But I think it is also dangerous to join these groups/pages because then they get your information, well, at least your info that you decide to put on your FB page. That’s why mine is pretty much all false or left blank.

  9. Halley
    March 29, 2010

    Thank you! I feel the same way, especially about people posting their cause in their status, as if this does anything. My mom falls for all of these scams and sends them all my way, even though I have told her not to, I just delete them…
    As for tracking who is looking at your FB profile, all of those apps are a hoax as well, it just randomly chooses people from your friends list and says this is who is looking. FB has said from the beginning they will never allow this. Also, if you don’t want people looking at your profile, don’t have one! Make sure your settings are where you want them, as Margaret said.

  10. Adrienne
    March 29, 2010

    My most-not-favorite thing? Those FB statuses that try to guilt me, like: This is (insert worthy cause here) month! 93% of my friends won’t put this as their status because they’re gutless, insensitive meanies. Will you be among the 7% who will post this as your status and leave it for an hour?

    Sheesh, thanks. Guilt from my friends. Like I don’t get enough of that from my mother!

    And yeah, if I could give one friendly reminder to everyone who ever uses a computer? Snopes is your friend!

  11. Steph
    March 29, 2010

    So When I became a fan of “Make a Million Dollars by Clicking Here” that was stupid? ;-P

    Great post. I wish more people would PLEASE check snopes. It seems like it is most of my high school friends and family that fall for it.
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday-A Day at the Park Edition =-.

  12. Liesl
    March 29, 2010

    The interesting thing about these scams is that I googled many of them because I know how gullible I am. The results? All scams, and there was even some information on what Facebook would really do if they were to put certain applications on it, like a dislike button. And I didn’t even have to look like an idiot or find out the hard way.
    .-= Liesl´s last blog ..Sunday Dinners: a field guide =-.

  13. Zina
    March 29, 2010

    Okay, but there’s no harm in joining a group of people who would LIKE a DISLIKE button, as long as the group isn’t falsely promising it will happen. Who knows, maybe if enough people joined, Facebook actually would take note and make it happen.

    I’m not much of a joiner, though. I think I belong to like 6 or 7 groups, including one called “Bears in ill-fitting hats.” Which is (contrary to what you might think) a collection of images of bears in ill-fitting hats.

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