500 Million Users on Facebook – How Many of them Can you Trust?

May 18, 2010  |  Facebook

Heard the news?  Next month, the execs at Facebook expect to announce their 500 millionth registered user.  That’s right.  Half a BILLION people will be using the world’s most popular social networking site by then.  The question to ask yourself is, “How many of those people should I actually trust?”  The answer of course is, “Only the ones I actually KNOW in REAL life.”  Case in point… Police in Australia are warning teenagers to beware of online predators after an 18 year old woman was lured to her death by a man she met on Facebook. (More…)

Nona Belomesoff was found dead in an isolated area of bushland south of Sydney after going to meet a man who had promised her a job protecting wildlife.  According to the young woman’s family, working with animals was Nona’s dream.  Police in Sydney are going so far as to say that no teenager should even use a PROFILE picture on Facebook – in order to protect themselves against predators.

How many more murders connected with Facebook do we have to report in the news before young people truly GET IT?  When you expose your private information, your private pictures and the detailed minutiae of your private life, you expose YOURSELF to predators and fraud artists.  And in the worst case scenario, it could cost you your LIFE.

Wait… What’s that noise… that piercing shrieking noise I hear?   That’s right.  It’s a WAKE UP CALL for all of us. ;-)

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  1. Ha! I don’t blame you, Cam. I think a lot of people are feeling the same way these days. Thanks for lending some comic relief to all the Facebook drama! ;-)

  2. Cameron Tilbury

    I was going to friend myself on Facebook but I don’t trust myself with myself.

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