Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Facebook: Help Haiti gag and more

It's amazing the things people will do on Facebook. For some reason they think that, even though everyone they friend (and most people they don't) can see their posts, the posts are private. Here are a few examples:

A story in the Register today shows us that the Swedes are a generous people - and every bit as gullible as any other nationality. Swedes joining the group "2 kronor per member to earthquake victims in Haiti" expected 2 kronor to be donated to Haiti relief when membership reached 200,000. Imagine the surprise when, after 200,000 was reached, the group announed it was actually the Swedish Necropilia Association. The perpetrators of the hoax said they were wanting to get a good laugh and teach people about critically reviewing their sources. Since no one had to actually donate any money, I guess I can see the humor, and the lesson. But some of their material was reportedly pretty graphic, so I can't help but think someone's going to get into some kind of trouble over this.

AP writer Thomas Watkins tells us, "Use of Twitter, Facebook rising among gang members." That may be a good thing. It's enabling the capture of more violent criminals as they put incriminating evidence up on the social media sites.

A teen drinker, Ashley M. Sullivan, was about to be sentenced as a minor for the negligent homicide of her boyfriend while driving under the influence. The the judge saw a picture of a drunk Sullivan on her Facebook page. He sentenced her as an adult.

Three Illinois high school students were suspended for their Facebook videos. Other students reported the videos because they were frightened by them.