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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by indiehorse » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:06 pm

Jangloid Mark wrote:The chances of him importing such an address book, to my mind are minimal.
So you don't really know this guy but you're willing to psychologically predict how likely it is that he has chosen to import his address book in some form? And you have concluded that it is far less likely than your suspicion that Facebook has secretly hacked into your Skype account and stolen all your addresses from there? Well, I'm convinced.

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:41 am

WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE.
FACEBOOK FRIENDS GO ON SALE



They say you can’t buy your friends, though a new service from an Internet-based social media marketing company is about to prove that old adage incorrect.

uSocial.net -- the company who recently began selling followers on Twitter -- has just launched a new suite of services for Facebook, enabling people to purchase friends and fans depending on their needs.

But why would someone want to buy their friends on Facebook? Well according to company CEO Leon Hill, that’s a very easy question to answer.

“Facebook is an extremely effective marketing tool as anyone with a large number of targeted friends or fans can attest to.” Said Hill. “The only problem is that it can be extremely difficult to achieve such a following, which is where we come in.”

uSocial say they are able to very accurately target friends to be added to a user’s account by interest group or industry and also geographic location, making marketing any product or service to them extremely easy.

Orders are being taken on the site now and more information on uSocial’s new service can be gathered by going to http://usocial.net/facebook_marketing.

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Mr Bear » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:51 am

Heh, I like this from that website:
Friends: people say they can't be bought, though in this day and age it's simply not the case.
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:06 am

Is that why Facebook no longer let you search profiles for things like favourite bands, films, political persuasions anymore? You can't search yourself, but, you can pay someone to effectively do it for you? WTF????
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Gordon » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:17 am

Probably not.
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:30 am

Gordon wrote:Probably not.
Lmao. I was being a bit tongue in cheek there...
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Woodbine » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:47 am

Does anyone know what happens if you block someone's email address? Do they get a shouty message whenever they try to send you something, or does their message just quietly disappear into the ether? It's just that there's an old uni friend of mine, who I actually miss quite a bit and haven't seen in years, so I'm quite happy to distantly be in contact with her (which I am because she's on my Facebook) but the problem is that she has a habit of sending those immensely irritating FWD: emails - not even the ones which are appalling jokes, but the horrible mawkish sentimental ones which you're supposed to send to x amount of people in the hope that it'll induce some sort of good karma for them. The worst kind, in other words. She's always done this, every few months or so, but I think she has recently acquired a laptop as they now seem to be on the increase - yesterday there were four - FOUR! - consecutively. I almost sent her a message asking her to stop sending me all this shit (I would have worded it more politely than that, obviously) but decided against it in the end because despite the fact that it seems to be a perfectly reasonable thing for me to ask, there is something about it which, perversely, makes me seem like the baddy - particularly when half of them are allegedly sent to 'ten people I care about' or whatever crap. So I'm wondering if it's just easier to block her - I don't think she would really contact me at my email address unless it is to send more of this bollocks, because she's on my Facebook friends list, as I said.

It's been ages since I've been sent any of this rubbish, or even looked at it, and it's got me thinking about how it's pretty crazy really. Pretty much all of them seemingly start with a bored woman (sorry for the sweeping generalisation but I virtually never see any of these things sent by men) typing something like 'send this to ten people you care about and something good will happen to them', or words to that effect, that's the basic premise, and then the rest of the email is an extremely long string of further similarly bored women that it has been sent to, together with their office signatures, meaning that the actual message is also buried under several million lines of text. Anyway, I'm sure I'm preaching to the converted here.

So yeah, to block or not to block? Or can I single out one address as spam? Maybe that's the trick.

On the other hand I could just stop moaning and put up with it. But oooooooh it's so annoying.

Oh, and (unsurprisingly) she's also one of those people who takes every single sodding quiz and adds every application under the sun on Facebook, too, but that's easier to block out for some reason. Seemingly she acts on every bloody thing which is sent to her. Hopefully she won't receive anything from anyone purporting to be the president of a small African country who urgently needs $10,000.
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by a layer of chips » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:54 am

My step dad does this to my work address, Gina. I've asked him to stop sending them - mainly because they're horrible sexist shit most of the time, and also because half of them have 'hilarious' 10mb mpeg attachment of someone getting hit in the goolies by a golf club, or something. But he persists. I get about five a day. It's well annoying, because it fills my inbox up dead quick, and they're just not worth looking at even for half a second.

Fuck only knows what the other poor sods he sends them to thinks. No-one ever replies.

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by linus » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:03 am

could you invent some horror story about doing one of those things? or just say you don't really have time to fill them in and that not filling them in makes you feel bad so would she mind not sending them to you as they're having the opposite impact they're supposed to have, that you appreciate the sentiment but, quite frankly, it makes her look a bit mawkish and desperate (maybe not that last bit) and you know she's not

I reckon time's the factor you could use or that you're a bit loathe to fill them in because you did one once and ended up getting loads of spam (actual spam! pink porky meat shoved through your letter box, disgusting)

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Woodbine » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:05 am

No, nobody ever replies to these ones either.

Ah, so it seems men do send them, but of a different brand. Actually there's a woman at work who sends them as well, and they are normally of some Chippendales style hunk or something, and all the women who work on my floor get sent them. Nobody even mentions them though, or replies to them. Oh dear. Thankfully she doesn't do it very often. Although the last one was a picture of some bloke with his arse out on a beach, entitled something like 'amazing sea view' and with a caption under the picture saying 'sea? I didn't notice any sea!'. That one nearly put me off my lunch.
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Woodbine » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:09 am

fogofideas wrote:could you invent some horror story about doing one of those things? or just say you don't really have time to fill them in and that not filling them in makes you feel bad so would she mind not sending them to you as they're having the opposite impact they're supposed to have, that you appreciate the sentiment but, quite frankly, it makes her look a bit mawkish and desperate (maybe not that last bit) and you know she's not

I reckon time's the factor you could use or that you're a bit loathe to fill them in because you did one once and ended up getting loads of spam (actual spam! pink porky meat shoved through your letter box, disgusting)
You don't really have to fill them in, you're just supposed to send them to every bloody address in your inbox I think. Perhaps I could say that I once forwarded one of them on and instead of becoming luckier, I lost all of my friends. That might be a goer. I wonder what might happen if I just replied to everyone on the list with a bilious rant? I think if I get four in a day again I might not be able to stop myself.
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by hayleygerms » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:00 pm

There's a woman at work who mails out scaremongering chain emails - things like how re-using water bottles causes cancer because refilling them causes the chemicals in the plastic bottle to loosen, and warnings to women not to go to petrol stations late at night and help a man who says he's broken down because he's the Famous Petrol Station Rapist and all that bollocks. There was one that she sent round a few weeks ago and she was inundated with replies saying that actually the scenario she was describing was a storyline on a CSI episode. Ha!
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Jangloid Mark » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:39 pm

Woodbine wrote:Oh, and (unsurprisingly) she's also one of those people who takes every single sodding quiz and adds every application under the sun on Facebook, too, but that's easier to block out for some reason. Seemingly she acts on every bloody thing which is sent to her. Hopefully she won't receive anything from anyone purporting to be the president of a small African country who urgently needs $10,000.
You can actually block those with a Greasemonkey script called 'Facebook purity'. It's here : http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/44459

If she's sending those chain things through an app, it'll block those as well, although, if she's sending them directly to your inbox, there's nothing you can do other than the options you've already posted...
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by linus » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:42 pm

a layer of chips wrote:My step dad does this to my work address, Gina. I've asked him to stop sending them - mainly because they're horrible sexist shit most of the time, and also because half of them have 'hilarious' 10mb mpeg attachment of someone getting hit in the goolies by a golf club, or something. But he persists. I get about five a day. It's well annoying, because it fills my inbox up dead quick, and they're just not worth looking at even for half a second.

Fuck only knows what the other poor sods he sends them to thinks. No-one ever replies.
I've resorted to using links to snopes in the past, particularly when my mum's sent me a 'scare' email that's usually been sent to her by a friend

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/inboxer.asp

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by a layer of chips » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:46 pm

I reckon I'd actually read them if they were those scare ones. But these are film clips of people walking through panes of glass, and the like. It's baffling as to why anyone finds them entertaining.

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Gordon » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:47 pm

snorkachu wrote:There's a woman at work who mails out scaremongering chain emails - things like how re-using water bottles causes cancer because refilling them causes the chemicals in the plastic bottle to loosen, and warnings to women not to go to petrol stations late at night and help a man who says he's broken down because he's the Famous Petrol Station Rapist and all that bollocks. There was one that she sent round a few weeks ago and she was inundated with replies saying that actually the scenario she was describing was a storyline on a CSI episode. Ha!
(the first point is sort of true, if a little scaremongery)
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by linus » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:48 pm

yeh, 'you've been framed', who watches that shite?

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by linus » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:49 pm

Gordon wrote:(the first point is sort of true, if a little scaremongery)
surely it's either true or not true?

what's this 'sort of true'?

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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by Gordon » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:51 pm

There are unhealthy chemicals in some recyclable plastic bottles which can leech into water on reuse, because they weren't intended to be reused. I'd be very surprised if anyone caught a cancer off them, though.
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Re: The internet and privacy

Post by islandhopper » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:56 pm

fogofideas wrote:
I've resorted to using links to snopes in the past, particularly when my mum's sent me a 'scare' email that's usually been sent to her by a friend

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/inboxer.asp

Yeah, I used the Snopes thing the other month at work when someone sent the bloody power point presentation about the holocaust being taken off then British school curriculum for fear of offending Muslims.

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