Monday, May 21, 2012

Social Networks and Idiots

"Stupid is as stupid does." Some times I wonder how some people can be so stupid. Or maybe it's too harsh for me to use the term "stupid." Maybe I should say "naive" instead. Nah, I'll go with "stupid." Any time you have tons of examples of things going wrong and you choose to ignore them, then you're "stupid."

There has to be some sort of cosmic connection to social networks and idiots. Seriously. They go hand-and-hand. I recently read a story about a gang leader in New York who got busted for tweeting about a murder that he had gotten away with years ago. Really, dude? Something as secretive as a murder and you tweet it to all of your followers? It just so happens that one of your followers was a member of NYPD trying to get evidence on your previous crimes. Sucks for you dude. Shouldn't have been so stupid.

I used to have a Twitter follower who would regularly tweets photos of herself with weed. She even has self-portraits of herself with a rolled up blunt in her mouth talking about how "lifted" she is. All in the same photo album with her two year old daughter. If she made anyone in her life mad, do you know how easy it would be to present evidence to Child Protective Services and possibly have her daughter taken away from her? Should I tell her of this possibility? Nope. It's not my place to do so. If she reads my blog, then maybe she'll learn, but if she doesn't...

Stop committing criminal acts on social networks. Stop committing sex acts on social networks (unless you're in "the sex business") because they could come back to haunt you as well. Social networks are forever, just like Keith Richards! Anything you put on the Web stays on the Web (even if you're in Vegas where secrets are said to remain). Every photo, status update or tweet you send has the potential to wind up in the hands of your friends, parents, teachers, employers, reporters or even the police. Think about that the next time you get ready to press "Send."



Do you think people don't know the dangers of social networks or do they just not care?

20 comments:

  1. I think people often-forget the number 1 rule of the internet: This Shit is forever, yo.

    Anything you post is online forever, and can be used against you at some point in your life.

    Like celebrities and sexting, the internet can fuck you up...

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  2. Almost half the people on the internet are below average intelligence...
    But you do have to take what you publish seriously.

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    1. That's probably true. A lot of people who use the internet don't have the capacity to understand the repercussions of what they do.

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  3. It happens all the time. Check out this story. It happened in my city. A gangster does a crime and kills some guy and gets a tattoo describing the incident. Think I'm lying? Check it out:
    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/22/local/la-me-tattoo-20110422

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    1. That is the dumbest thing ever! He had the crime scene tattooed on his chest? LOL! LOL! LOL!

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  4. Social networks are just like Keith Richards. People need to learn!!

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    1. And Keith Richards is definitely forever! He's like a cockroach!

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  5. They'll learn but not until after that shit bites them in the ass. Who posts their illegal activities on social media!? idiots. I immediately unfollow anyone mentioning drugs or pictures of themselves with them. I dont want to be linked to their dumb asses.

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    1. But, it's great content, Jewels! LOL! Stupid people fuel my blog! :)

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  6. You know - many years ago when I used to do custody evaluations - I had this one case where the dad published nude pictures of his wife on some "amateur" porn site (he said he was "proud" of her) - WITHOUT her knowledge. Do you KNOW what kind of leverage that gave the mom in the custody dispute??? Anyone without a "filter" or an ounce of judgment for what they put on the internet deserves what they get.

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    1. That was dumb of him. He didn't deserve the kids with decision-making skills like that. He better be glad she didn't smack him with a household item.

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  7. Every year it becomes clearer and clearer to me how STUPID people are getting. All I can do is shake my head.

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    1. What's next? Sending a text to the police department before participating in an act of crime? That way it saves them time.

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  8. Q. Do you have links to the sex stuff?

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    1. LOL! Always getting straight to the point, eh, Mooner?

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  9. And even below tweeting about weed or murder or sex crimes, people don't seem to realize that ANYTHING they say on social media is visible to, literally, anybody. Your boss is an asshole? Don't Tweet it. Any coworker following you could pass it along without more than a click of effort. You see celebrities do this crap all the time--as if everyone on the planet ISN'T going to have access to it. I heard about an author who bashed her publisher (seriously? Moron) and was promptly dropped.

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    1. I'm not sure how many examples have to be given before people realize that this stuff really happens. Why some idiots think that "it will never happen to me" doesn't make any sense! This talked about weekly about how social networks gets someone dumped, arrested or fired. How many examples will it take?

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