Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Downside of Facebook

I recently joined Facebook at the urging of family and friends. It's been fun catching up with old friends from high school and college. But, I've found there's a creepy side to Facebook. Within the last week, I've received "Friend Requests" from two random men, neither of whom I know. One was an Indian graduate student who added a note stating "Nice smile...", the other a married, middle-aged Frenchman, with no note. Ew. Needless to say, I hit the "Ignore" button on the requests and then blocked both from my profile. Has this happened to anyone else? I value my privacy and if this continues, I may shut down my Facebook page. You can avoid being hit on by creepy men by not frequenting bars or other places like that. But with the Web, they can end up in your living room! Scary.

2 comments:

Pamela's Pink Pencil said...

I think there is a way to change your setting to public, that is the most important thing. I have one and sometimes I get a random request. I also know that "bots" are out there and they could be a bot. (soliciting websites)

JMW said...

Good to know - thanks!