In this strange world of both increased and almost paranoid privacy, and the open sharing of all manner of things online, the concept of stalker-net is one I have visited in the past. The context then was the check-in feature of Facebook which fulfills the following three useful functions:
1. Alerts potential robbers to when you are not home
UPDATE 5/11/11: See here for a great infographic about burglers using social media to identify when people aren’t home.
2. Alerts potential stalkers to your current location (and who you are with)
3. For check-ins at home (in bed, eating breakfast etc – we’ve all seen them), alerts potential stalkers to your home address, when you are actually there, and helpfully, provides a little map.
OK – so maybe my paranoia is slightly higher than most, since a really large number of my friends seem to use this function and to my knowledge (and I guess to their knowledge) none of them has been broken into or is being stalked.
I can’t say the new Facebook “subscribe” option made me feel any better about controlling what information I have out there – but then I can’t seem to get LinkedIn to let me block certain people from viewing my account either. Not that there is anything on there that is incorrect or in any way damaging, I just find it creepy that I have a couple of lurkers who refuse to make contact but check out my profile regularly. Yes, paranoia again.
So thanks to Saucy Social Media for the following graphic, which combines three of my major interests – social media, psychology and humour.
And you know what they say – the best jokes contain that grain of truth. I do not however suggest you use this as a diagnostic tool.
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