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Facebook Crooks

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With social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook we can all be clued in to what our loved ones are doing at any time of day or night.  Whether it be something as mundane as a visit to the grocery store or as exciting as the birth of a new baby, we can follow our friends and families lives like never before.  But what if we’re not the only ones keeping track of our friends?

A new website called PleaseRobMe has drawn a lot of attention to sites like Twitter and Facebook and questions how safe it is for people to share such private information for the world to see.  And after an Indiana woman was recently robbed by a Facebook “friend” prior to updating her status to say she was away on vacation, it is no wonder this has become an issue.

PleaseRobMe was created as a way to draw attention to the subject and show the public just how easy it would be for house thieves to find out when someone will be away on vacation by simply reading a status that might say something like, “Can’t wait to leave for our two-week-long vacation this Friday!” and rob their house.  

Though they are no longer displaying this type of information, PleaseRobMe was posting information that they easily retrieved from Twitter and Facebook users who were away from their homes and put it up on their website as a way to display “opportunities” for thieves to rob homes.  Though the site was meant to send a satirical message about how what was once private information has become incredibly public, some people are taking it a little more seriously and are not happy with the information the site was displaying.  

What do you think of the message PleaseRobMe is sending?

Will you be more careful the next time you update your Facebook or Twitter status?

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  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    08.11.10  

    and THAT is probably one of the reasons why i hate social networking.

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas
    08.10.10  

    I haven't been to that, but if it's displaying what's already public then people need to not get mad, but get careful of what they say and do. I never write that type of stuff on my social networking pages anyway. I thought about this years ago for anything online. Why would anyone want to publicly display that stuff anyway? Don't people talk on the phone anymore. At least that way you're only telling those you truly trust, not those that you added as friends just because you somewhat knew them in the past or went to school with them, but don't know jack about them.On that note, people need to reevaluate who they consider "friends" too.

  • BMcAfee27 By BMcAfee27
    08.10.10  

    I have actually thought about this numerous times when updating my status!!! After reading this article I will be EXTRA careful with what I say!!!

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