Believe it...or not!
Monday, April 11, 2011
A good friend told me recently...that in the 4+ years of knowing me...she had NEVER met someone that probably confuses people more than I do. She claims I am a bigger than life person that comes across confident without a worry in the world. But...if you get to know me...I worry about true friends...and people that aren't friends...just because I want EVERYONE to HAVE THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE! Stupid...probably. Pessimistic...NO...NOT AT ALL!
Where the internet is concerned...I have experienced the BEST and the WORST of experiences. The worst...six short months after opening my business...it's identity was stolen and it took LOADS of work to recover. The best...I earned my tv gig from 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. A random person, that was friends with a dress maker, that knew a woman, that was sister's with a person that was the audience of a show I once MCed...so a TOTAL stranger...gave my video to a producer at TLC. So yes...the internet has it HIGHS and its LOWS!
So...there is a POINT to all of this! I LOVE the web...and I enjoy the tools on Spark People...but I worry DAILY...about how careful people AREN'T on this site!
I know people that believe they are inspiring others by posting their daily runs (they do it for another reason...but that is another blog). They post what time they leave their homes...how long they are gone. You figure out things about their family and spouse and I THINK...darn it...there are TOTAL STRANGERS OUT THERE that do REALLY SICK THINGS! They could come in and harm the family or the person running...Believe it...or not!
I have talked to people that ask 100s of questions about my life...yet they share VERY LITTLE and keep a RANDOM picture posted...and I wouldn't know who they are if they walked up to me. Of course...the same is true of those that only have a couple of pictures. Are they who they say they are? Are they working out at all? Are they surfing the web and eating all day and just LOOKING for a victim? It COULD HAPPEN...believe it...or not!
Or what about the person you gave your sign on information to or they figured it out, because you use the same one EVERYWHERE! Did they ONE TIME have someone else check out Spark People...they used your sign on...but THEY REMEMBERED IT? So now...those private things YOU SHARED...are violated! It is the WORLD WIDE WEB PEOPLE...it happens...believe it...or not!
Here is the deal "friends"...just be careful! I am THE MOST CAUTIOUS USER I KNOW...and even I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE...EVER! Use spark...it has AMAZING PEOPLE...WONDERFUL TIPS...GREAT TOOLS...it is SAFE!
But...OTHERS ARE WATCHING...BELIEVE IT...OR NOT!