Danger in Social Networking

December 14, 2009 | NeW Staff

We all use them.  Truth be told, many of us have become attached.  With the ease of a phone app, a laptop, and PC, we can let our friends know our “current status.”  Social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, have revolutionized the way we network, interact, and even promote our organizations, businesses, and even ourselves.  Better be careful though, these sites may not be as “user-friendly” and “harmless” as we once thought.

The New York Times reported that techno-crooks now target sites like Facebook and Twitter and “attack your dignity.”  The Times described,

“Malicious programs are rampaging through Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, spreading themselves by taking over people’s accounts and sending out messages to all of their friends and followers. The result is that people are inadvertently telling their co-workers and loved ones how to raise their I.Q.’s or make money instantly, or urging them to watch an awesome new video in which they star.”

Not surprisingly, this has caused great embarrassment for many individuals, who had no idea they were sending out ridiculous and at times, inappropriate, messages to friends and family.  In today’s culture of social networking saturation, just one more thing we have to be worried about.

I’m interested to see what new social networking “genius idea” they come up with next.  But beware, because connecting to everyone everywhere may not always be a good idea…
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