Sunday, 8 February 2009

The Perils of Facebook

I wonder how many of you have been - what we notoriously call – facebook raped? To those of you who aren’t familiar with this term, here is a brief explanation. It is when an unsuspecting social networking account owner leaves their facebook logged in to any computer. Then someone comes along and, usually in a friendly manner, alters their profile. This can result in having their profile picture changed, usually to an image that relates to some sort of in-joke. Commonly, an animal or cartoon of some kind. Resulting in hilarity. For example, if someone was to facebook rape Peaches Geldof they could change her picture to that of many things, such as Verruca Salt, an Alsatian or a pile of vomit. You get the idea.

It seems this kind of past time is sweeping the nation. But unfortunately, taken a sinister turn. No longer is the inbox a safe haven for those specific messages that just can’t be public knowledge. Instead, facebook raping is fast becoming facebook hijack. So what’s different I hear you cry. The inbox is the primary target. The goal is to search and destroy. No funny pictures or indecent statuses are left as a trail. Just a pure, unadulterated quickie. Get to the inbox. Download messages and BOOM, out they go. No muss, no fuss.

Granted, it could be considered the user’s fault for leaving their account exposed to such attacks but lets be honest. Who’s really that interesting? Clearly only a select few.

So if this has happened to you, count yourself lucky. You are probably hot to trot. If it hasn’t, bad luck. Try stepping up the topics a notch or two.

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