Tired of your Social Network?
Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego…. Our service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!
I especially liked the illustration using a noose.
Yet another site, from Japan, titled Seppukoo promotes it’s service with the following slogans:
Discover what’s after your Facebook life. We assist your virtual identity suicide.
You are more than your virtual identity. Pass away and leave your ID behind.
Impress your friends, disconnect yourself. Join the world wide suicidal network
Interestingly enough, Facebook has pulled out the legal playbook and sent them both Cease & Desist nastygrams, claiming their services violate user privacy. The irony of that statement (almost) renders me speechless.
What a shame these services can’t erase all the dumb things your teenager and friends have previously posted, which are out there forever. When he’s applying for a job at age 30, they still will do an Internet Search and come up with the “Great pic of my new tats!” he posted 15 years ago when he belonged to a group called “tightpantstatts.” (I’m giving you the abbreviated version of their name, but they DO exist. And no doubt will continue to.)
I can certainly see the appeal of “unfriending” every person you don’t know (and some you wish you didn’t, that somehow snuck in). I also like the idea of a program that can clean you out of social networks that exist, all at once. But no “service” appears to be set up to get all of the social networks at once. Yet.
Now that Facebook is trying to shut two down, others will be springing up like weeds.
Consider, however, that you must give these “services,” your usernames and passwords for the social networks you belong to. You don’t use that username or password anywhere else, right?]]>
Experts are warning that a text message containing a square character means someone is in the process of taking over the phone. They recommend that you shut down the phone immediately and “wait awhile.”
I suppose they think waiting awhile will motivate the hacker to move on to other iPhones. I’d suggest, however, that you turn OFF text messaging until they get this fixed. Shocking to some, I know, but it would be much more shocking to have all your information compromised.
Have a new iPhone with 3G? You can visit a site on YouTube that demonstrates the ease of bypassing both the passcode and the encrypted backup. He has a number of other videos that are equally painful.
Once again, security has taken a backseat to speedy software development. Now Apple is getting a lot (more) bad press.]]>