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How You Expose Yourself to Identity Theft with “Fun” Facebook Posts

How You Expose Yourself to Identity Theft with “Fun” Facebook Posts

How often have you seen posts such as, “Find out your rock star name”  Or your “Star Wars name” or “What your personality is?”

They often use your birth month, and day you were born.  You then post this in response.  Some ask about your first pet’s name…  For instance, there was a recent one, your stripper name – Your first pet’s name and the last thing you ate.  There were several posts asking your first concert.

What do these have in common?  They are often used as questions for your bank accounts, passwords, PayPal, computer systems and people use them as passwords.  First pet, month and day of birth, first concert, first car, etc.  These are usually posted by your friends because they think they are fun.  Unfortunately, hackers and identity thieves are the ones that start these “fun” posts that quickly circulate.


You might have much of this information already in your profile.  I won’t say how, but the information in my profile is incorrect.  In fact, the information on all my online profiles are wrong.  When I send in information for magazines and other services, I use different middle initials.  Later, when I get junk mail or phone calls, I can determine who sold my information based on the middle initial used.  The other information is the same.  One of my sisters even asked me why some of my information is wrong.  I told her to please not correct it publicly.

Be aware of this information, posting pictures or names of your kids, posting your address then letting people know you are going to be out on vacation for a week…  All those things are very dangerous for burglary, identity theft and other people looking to do you harm.  The next time you find a “fun” quiz online, just look at the information requested before answering.

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How Facebook can tell a break-up is coming before you do

How Facebook can tell a break-up is coming before you do

Published October 29, 2013

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Facebook can predict when you’re going to break up.

Yes, apparently the fate of your relationship is not written in the stars but in your social circle.

Cornell University researcher Jon Kleinberg and Facebook senior engineer Lars Backstrom proved as much when they presented their co-written research paper at a social computing conference in February.

The researchers took the datasets of 1.3 million Facebook users listed as being in a relationship, and found that the more well connected their mutual friends were, the more likely they were to break up.

This theory is described as dispersion.

Couples with high dispersion have mutual friends who are not well connected.

Couples with low dispersion have mutual friends who are well connected.

Therefore the Facebook theory suggests if you and your partner share the same social circle on Facebook (low dispersion), you’re less likely to have your own lives and therefore the relationship is more likely to implode.

A healthy relationship, according to Facebook, is one where both partners have connections to a lot of different groups of people, even if those friendships aren’t particularly strong.

“Instead of embededness, we propose that the link between and an individual u and v his or her partner should display a ‘dispersed’ structure: the mutual neighbours of u and v are not well connected to one another and hence u and v act jointly as the only intermediaries between these different parts of the network,” the researchers wrote in the study.

In a nutshell, get your own damn lives and friends.

Of course, this algorithm might not take into account the fact that some couples don’t take their social circles on Facebook particularly seriously and therefore might look like they don’t have as wide group of friends when they actually do.

Probably because they are out living their lives.

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Confused? Understanding Hashtags on Social Networks

#Hashtags confusing?  Here is a good summary of hashtags from Faris Samawi posted at Social Media Today.

Confused? Understanding Hashtags on Social Networks


Facebook was the last of the major social networks to introduce the hashtag earlier this month. This has been greeted by mixed emotions ranging from excitement by those who use it on other social networks, to confusion at this strange symbol suddenly appearing in status updates, to indifference. Check out the informal poll run on our Facebook page which captured these sentiments.

Are you #Confused? Here is a quick guide on understanding hashtags. It will enable you to use them with confidence and impress your friends and colleagues! The information presented here should translate across the major social networks which all use hashtags (with some minor variations).

So what exactly is a hashtag?

My simplified definition is hashtags are like keywords which can be used to organize messages on a social network. This then facilitates  the searching and grouping of messages with given hashtags. Hashtags are preceded by the pound sign (#) and can be a word or a short phrase (i.e. #Hashtag or #ThisIsAHashtag)

More technical definitions can be found on Wikipedia and Wiktionary.

An interesting look at the life and different uses of the hashtag across history can be found in this Infographic.

Who defines hashtags?

You do. You can place a pound (#) sign in front of any keyword(s) in your message and turn them into hashtags. However, the power of hashtags comes from other people using the same keyword(s) so that by clicking on a hashtag you can get a group of other messages on that topic.

How can I use hashtags?

Typical uses of hashtags:

  • Express emotions: #surprised #speechless #frustrated
  • Identify places or brands or events: #Hawaii #Ferrari #CoolEvent
  • Make recommendations: #MustRead #MustWatch #NowPlaying
  • Connect with like-minded individuals: #CatLovers #TVaddicts

Hashtags should make your messages easier to organize and find. The trick is to hashtag keywords that other people would use when looking for the content contained in your message. You can do a quick search for keywords prior to posting your message to see which hashtags are popular (called “trending”).

Three common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Hashtagging every word (i.e. #I #am #so #excited #today)
  2. Hashtagging the same word more than once (i.e. It is my #birthday. Here is a photo of my #birthday cake, my #birthday presents, and my awesome #birthday party!)
  3. Separating keywords. If your keyword is “black cat” your hashtag should be #BlackCat. If you write it as #Black #Cat this will give you two different keywords: “black” and “cat”.

Where can I place hashtags?

You can use hashtags anywhere in your message – in the main body itself or as a postscript at the end. Here is an example with a hashtag in the main body of the message and two hashtags at the end.

Check out this #awesome site: www.digitalbuzz.me
#SocialMedia #Marketing

Why should I use hashtags?

Two reasons:

  1. Increase exposure
  2. Organize content

Both of these are compelling reason to use hashtags on your personal messages. They are even more compelling when it comes to using social media to promote your business.

What about privacy on Facebook? (source)

If you write a post with limited privacy (ie. Friends), then only those who you have authorized to see the post in the first place will be able to find your post when they search for the hashtag.

If your post’s privacy is set to public, then anyone searching for that hashtag will be able to see your post.

Ready to go out and conquer your social networks with hashtags? Please share this article to help and impress your friends and colleagues.

Still #Confused about hashtags? Feel free to get in touch or post questions in the comments below.

image: hashtags/shutterstock


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Photos, models, crafters, etc.

I am a huge fan of cosplay, steampunk and other genres.  I receive photos and materials from over 2,500 different people, many of them from my FB news feed.  If you know the model, photographer, or maker of the outfits, please let me know so I can give them credit on my site.  This is an unpaid site and I do not profit from using the photos but I also do not want to use copyrighted materials without permission or without giving credit.  Help me, you, and others by sending me the information when you have it.  You can do so by commenting on the picture or post, or by emailing me at eiverness@cox.net.  If you ever wish for me to take down a photo, just let me know.  I can usually provide same day changes.

If you would like to have your photos, artwork, crafting, or cosplay highlighted with its own post, just let me know.  I will usually do so if your quality is up to snuff and I like your work.  I do not solicit or take advertising money, so if you get a post it is just because I like your work.  I also run a PG-13 site here, so if you can’t get by with posting it on FB, I can’t post it here either.  Thanks!


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Seven ways to get ‘Facebook fired’

Seven ways to get ‘Facebook fired’

Published November 29, 2012


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Technology has changed where work ends and home life starts. But if your social life is spent on social media, you might want to review what you’re posting or run the risk of getting “Facebook fired.”


Beware the line between social media at work and home.  What you do on a private computer can be counted as work.

While you may believe you can only be sacked or disciplined for using Facebook and Twitter at work, there are plenty of cases of employees getting dumped for using social media out of the office.

Many people, however, aren’t aware that their personal Facebook page or tweets could land them in hot water.

“Most certainly, most people are not aware that ‘in the course of employment’ may also include use of a private computer from a location outside of the workplace,” said Jamie White, social media legal expert at PodLegal.

It all depends on the company’s designated social media policy. While the policy must be brought to the attention of employees and training should be offered, any breach can wind up in a final pay cheque.

As White warns: “The line between use of social media during employment and personal use from home has become increasingly blurred.”

Check out our seven dumb reasons for getting fired on social media below to make sure you know where the line is…

1. Going Gangnam Style
Authorities went off the deep end when 14 life guards in El Monte near Pasadena filmed a spoof of the Gangnam Style video at the pool where they worked and posted it to YouTube, and who could blame them?

2. Biting the duck that feeds you
US comedian Gilbert Gottfried is the voice of the Aflac duck. Aflac is one of the largest insurance companies in Japan. So tweeting jokes about the Japanese tsunami was only going to end one way…

3. Falling foul of the police… when you are the police
No fewer than 150 officers were disciplined in the UK including two who were sacked for entering in to the spirit of social sharing for, amongst other things, posting details of police operations, getting friendly with victims and even harassing former colleagues on Facebook.

4. Making your opinions (too) clear
As did one casual worker for the Queensland government who posted on her Facebook page that she wasn’t going to work for “s–ty” government departments. After being escorted out of the building, she didn’t have to.

5. Assuming the best, then inviting the worst
Flush from a successful interview with Cisco in the US, a candidate decided to tweet her thoughts on the position. Should she take the job and the money at the risk of being bored and hating the commute? She didn’t have to find out, Cisco saw the tweet and withdrew the offer.

6. Telling the world you aren’t at work… including your boss
One Swiss insurance worker’s excuse that she was too ill for work because a migraine meant she couldn’t look at a screen lost a little believability when her boss noticed she was on Facebook merrily posting messages to friends…

7. Liking someone it might be better not to like publicly
CNN’s Senior Middle East editor Octavia Nasr tweeted how sad she was when a prominent Lebanese cleric died, a cleric linked to bombings. CNN had another point of view and fired her. The same happened when six staff members of US Sheriff B.J. Robert of Virginia liked the page of his election rival. Suddenly the sheriff was looking for more deputies and the deputies were looking for jobs…

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/11/29/seven-ways-to-get-facebook-fired/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2EKMYIRDz


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Facebook Timeline – Why???

I hate the timeline format.  It bunches together your posts out of order, randomly pops up crap to the right, changes pictures around.  Does anyone else hate it?  I think the following says it all for me:

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