And female. Is there hope?

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The trouble with location-based features, from a female perspective…

In Facebook, location-based, mobile technology, Privacy, smartphones, Social media on August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The other day I was walking my dog while listening to music on my phone. As I went to change songs, I noticed an ad at the bottom of the app. It was for pet sitting services in my town. MY TOWN?? My heart skipped a beat. Subtle paranoia set in. Looking around I thought…who the hell knows I’m out here with my dog and decided to hit me up with an ad??

Mr. Madison Ave. is getting dangerously close. Now granted, not every dude or person wants to do harm. But for every tons of good folks out there, it only takes one to screw it up. For me, a complimentary beverage or badge isn’t worth the attention of Mr. Stalker across the bar. It just plain creeps me out.

A little harsh? Maybe. Paranoid? Probably. But just my gut. If you’re female and feel differently, by all means tell me.

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Zero friends? Try Chat Roulette.

In Chat roulette, Facebook, Friends, Social media on May 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Rather than getting friends via Facebook…

Tonight I was watching South Park’s “You have 0 friends” episode. The clip below is when their discussing Chat Roulette. I needed a good laugh, and did so OUT LOUD. Hope you do, too. Oh, and viewer discretion is advised.

And you thought facebook was an invasion of privacy…

In Facebook, Privacy issues, Privacy policy, Social aggregator, Social media, Spokeo on May 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Want to freak out? Pay a visit to spokeo.com and type in your name. You’ll likely find yourself listed, and when you do, realize you’ve just met your internet stalker. Spokeo is just one of many social network aggregators, and the level of info it has on a person is frightening. For starters, it gives your age, marital status, zodiac sign, if you have children, and the type of neighborhood you live in (middle, affluent, wealthy). Then it goes on to list your likes and dislikes (enjoys shopping, reads magazines, cares about health, watches news), and the names of others that live with you. If you’re really curious, you can pay for a membership which I believe gives you whole other layer of intimate detail.

I learned about this site from a guy I was dating who said he plugged in my name. It sorta skeeved me out and should have been a red flag. (We’re not together anymore… yeah, trust issues obviously).

Regardless, just one more example of privacy flying out the window.

Facebook. Genuine connections or endless self promotion?

In Facebook, Friends, New Media, Self promotion, Social media, Social Network on April 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I joined FB last summer. At the time it was where details regarding my upcoming highschool reunion were being posted so I opted in. Now, 9 months later, I’m still struggling to embrace it. It seems like endless self promotion. Day in and day out, the same people post. OCCASSIONALLY someone I really care about makes a comment. The truth is, if I really wanted to be in touch with you, wouldn’t we be talking face-to-face, or at least voice-to-voice?