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(Slate)   Facebook could seriously hinder your ability to lie to your wife about hooking up with that tranny behind the restaurant last night between the dumpster and the chain-link fence   (slate.com) divider line
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14827 clicks; posted to Main » on 20 Aug 2010 at 11:03 AM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2010-08-20 11:05:16 AM  
Nothing for me to to worry about then, I don't even use Facebook.
 
2010-08-20 11:05:46 AM  
If you purposely marked that you were behind the restaurant between the dumpster and the chain-link fence they quite frankly, you deserve to get caught.
 
2010-08-20 11:08:06 AM  
Facebook could seriously hinder your ability to lie to your wife about hooking up with that transformer behind the restaurant last night between the dumpster and the chain-link fence have any privacy at all if you're stupid enough to add important personal information and/or photos to it.

FTFSubby
 
2010-08-20 11:08:24 AM  
transformer.
Chain link fence.
Dumpster.

/fail fail FAIL
 
2010-08-20 11:08:35 AM  
I like this
 
2010-08-20 11:09:35 AM  
you don't have to lie! surely one of your friends took a photo of the incident and will tag you in it:

[image from ourkitchensink.com too old to be available]
 
2010-08-20 11:09:42 AM  
I disabled that thing yesterday already.
 
2010-08-20 11:13:07 AM  
I think you mean- Facebook could seriously hinder your ability to lie to your wife about hooking up with that hot chick behind the restaurant last night between the dumpster and the chain-link fence. She said that bump in her throat was just a thryroid condition...
 
2010-08-20 11:14:13 AM  
Makes me glad I shiat canned my facebook account.

Not that I'll cheat on my wife but the world aka nosy neighbors don;t need to know where I am.
 
2010-08-20 11:14:45 AM  
You mean I'll have to admit to being at the prayer meeting instead?
 
2010-08-20 11:18:57 AM  
I guess if you are stupid enough to tag that you were doing that. Its not like it does this automatically and if your friends tag you doing this, well its time to get some new friends....
 
2010-08-20 11:19:52 AM  
everything was cool. i didn't have my maiden name anywhere on FB, i only have 50 'friends' (mostly family) on my account, and i felt safe.

Until not one, but two seperate friends from HS found me (traced me from my brother's account.. he's got a pretty unusual name... AND a friend of my mother's from college also tracked me down on FB the same week.

I made -everything- "friends only", have selected to not have any pictures i'm tagged in be seen by anyone but friends, as well. None of my info other than my name shows up in their public directory (my name's pretty common now). If one more person finds me unsolicited on FB, i'm shutting her down totally.

..it's not what i'm doing now that's the problem.. i -like- for my close friends/family to know what's going on in my day to day (i hate talking on the phone, i dont text, this works for me)...

but it's that one farking psychotic boyfriend from 20 years ago that was just farked in the head enough to get a hard on for coming back and stirring up the shiat, very possibly deciding to hurt my kids 20 years later in retaliation, etc... FB, i will cockpunch you if you fark up my 'new life'
 
2010-08-20 11:20:16 AM  
Some "friends" are so like believing all that is published is the gospel.

So change any setting, "Unfriend" someone and see how hard they complain...bunch a damned gossips.

Nothing on Facebook is real. What a crock.

Can't have an academic discussion without some yahoo getting all butthurt...like FARK.

/Asshats
 
2010-08-20 11:20:21 AM  
I love how Facebook rolls this shiat out. It's always the same. Boom, new feature put into place with very little fanfare or warning, and naturally it's fully enabled and wide-open by default. Then a few weeks later, after people have griped, they say "my bad" and switch the default settings.
 
2010-08-20 11:23:54 AM  

make me some tea: I disabled that thing yesterday already.


If you use facebook enough you've got to keep on top of things like this. I disabled it yesterday as well. I can still check in to locations, but nobody else will be checking me in.
 
2010-08-20 11:24:43 AM  
amateur
///bj's by the dumpster are awesome for the ego btw
 
2010-08-20 11:25:03 AM  
I have a FB acquaintance that has been doing something like this for months. Every 30 minutes it updates all his friends on his whereabouts.

"Joe is at McDonald's"
"Joe is at the golf course"
"Joe is behind the dumpster, next to the chain-link fence"

Every update is lovingly accompanied by a Google map pinpointing his exact whereabouts, just in case you don't already have too much information.
 
2010-08-20 11:25:50 AM  
I for one love FB's new stalking feature.
 
2010-08-20 11:25:58 AM  
EnglishMan: Nothing for me to to worry about then, I don't even use Facebook.

I did, until last week. Then they effectively locked me out of my account, and I haven't missed it enough to set up a new one. I probably will though, I'm pretty much out of the loop with my family, and it's about the only way I can keep up with them.
 
2010-08-20 11:27:24 AM  
used it one time. i didn't know what the hell i was doing. i thought i was telling a lifelong friend and only my only contact privately about my medical condition in my first message. it turns out i posted it on their wall or whatever its called. delete facebook account.
 
2010-08-20 11:28:11 AM  

hauoli_akua: I have a FB acquaintance that has been doing something like this for months. Every 30 minutes it updates all his friends on his whereabouts.

"Joe is at McDonald's"
"Joe is at the golf course"
"Joe is behind the dumpster, next to the chain-link fence"

Every update is lovingly accompanied by a Google map pinpointing his exact whereabouts, just in case you don't already have too much information.


parents that do this freak me out. "me and my kids are off doing such and such" they also have pics of all the kids. if their accounts aren't private, what's to keep some pervert from going to their location and kidnapping their children?
 
2010-08-20 11:28:18 AM  
Holy projection submitter! XD Do greenlights come with free std testing...? Sounds like they should.
 
2010-08-20 11:28:21 AM  
Everything Facebook comes up with makes it creepier.
 
2010-08-20 11:28:45 AM  
Do me a favor and take my phone to church with you while I go on a bender.
 
2010-08-20 11:30:46 AM  
I guess no one here on Fark uses Foursqaure.
 
2010-08-20 11:30:58 AM  
I for one love FB's new stalking feature Overlords.

/Amidoinitright?
 
2010-08-20 11:31:02 AM  

hauoli_akua: Every update is lovingly accompanied by a Google map pinpointing his exact whereabouts, just in case you don't already have too much information.


At one point my mother was advertising her whereabouts on FB, letting folks know she was away from home during her vacation. This when she had like 1,500 'friends' thanks to that idiotic Mafia Wars game. I finally had to tell her, "Ma, do you really want to be telling 1,500 strangers that you won't be home all week? Especially since the rest of your profile is wide open and visible to all?"

Thankfully she has since wised up, locking down her account and dropping all those Mafia Wars people. Just friends and family now.
 
2010-08-20 11:31:33 AM  

EnglishMan: Nothing for me to to worry about then, I don't even use Facebook.


This.
 
2010-08-20 11:32:42 AM  

Grass Hopper: EnglishMan: Nothing for me to to worry about then, I don't even use Facebook.

This.


Still doesn't save you from other people taking your picture and putting it up on theirs.
 
2010-08-20 11:33:12 AM  

Velveeta_Poindexter: Everything Facebook comes up with makes it creepier.


Agreed!
 
2010-08-20 11:33:12 AM  
but twitter's got my back, right?
 
2010-08-20 11:33:12 AM  

Butterflew: if their accounts aren't private, what's to keep some pervert from going to their location and kidnapping their children?


Eh. That's panicky "stranger danger" BS, really. There are plenty of reasons to worry about keeping such details private, but this isn't one of them.
 
2010-08-20 11:33:24 AM  
Dang. Sorry, Linetrap, date's off. =(
 
2010-08-20 11:35:32 AM  
My husband and I use Latitude on our smartphones. Nobody else has our location. If I was pissed at him I'd turn it off.

It seems to me that Facebook is the express lane to your life being screwed up in about 500 ways. I'd rather not open up that box. My kids aren't going to be using it until they pay their own bills.
 
2010-08-20 11:37:21 AM  
Facebook seriously creeps me out more and more each day. Certainly I understand that this feature is relatively innocuous and can be turned off, but it's the way they implement these "tools" that really bothers me. I know it sounds paranoid, but I'm more convinced with each of these stories that I made the right choice by never getting an account-- no matter how many times my friends tried to get me to put one up.
 
2010-08-20 11:39:01 AM  
FTFA:

On Wednesday, Facebook launched Places, its long-rumored system to let you broadcast your real-world location to everyone in your social network.
Who in the name of left-handed jurists would want to? :P I don't post every thought that pops into my head or every event that takes place in my life because I don't want everyone to know. This isn't because of infidelity or illegality but because WTF do I need everyone to know my business for? Yeesh.
 
2010-08-20 11:39:06 AM  
You sign your life away to some schmuck, just so you can get more Farmville friends, you deserve what you get.
 
2010-08-20 11:39:26 AM  
to whoever was biatching about people finding them and having "unsolicited" friends...you can disable the part where anyone can friend request you or send you messages or basically contact you in any way on there. its not rocket science.

and to whoever was said something about their friends annoying status updates,its called use the hide function. you'll never have to see it again.

anyways (sorry to sound grouchy,just annoyed when people biatch about shiat they can easily fix)

but ftfa:
Foursquare fans say this is a good thing, because it promotes chance encounters

how is it a "chance" encounter if you know exactly where they are??? haha....ohhh i had noooo idea youd be here (it was just posted on public forum)...roight.
 
2010-08-20 11:44:35 AM  

penceyprepreject: but ftfa:
Foursquare fans say this is a good thing, because it promotes chance encounters

how is it a "chance" encounter if you know exactly where they are??? haha....ohhh i had noooo idea youd be here (it was just posted on public forum)...roight.


If you're out and about, check FB on your Blackberry or iPhone, and see that a friend is at the pub 100 yards from you, yeah, it's a chance encounter.
 
2010-08-20 11:44:36 AM  
As if half the people on FB had enough of a social life for this to be a problem in the first place.
 
2010-08-20 11:45:08 AM  
I'm just waiting for all the features of Facebook to be advanced enough that every aspect of our personal and professional lives, our locations, our relationships, anything that is attributable to ourselves are biometrically fed from hardware in our brain. That's the first step.

The second step is that the process will be eventually be two way, where the server will not just store data you send it, but it'll also send a high-bandwidth stream into our cerebral cortex consisting of information we require, emails, voicemails, videomails, real-time comms - not to mention the advertisements.

Third step is that I will hack into the system and forcefully corrupt everyone's account and overwhelm it with datastream from my account, then jabbing the stream into everyone's brain at the same it.

The weakest humans' brains will be completely overwritten and be forks of me. The strongest humans will be able to mentally resist this invasion but will turn out babbling and insane. It wont be a chore for every one of me in the world to mop them up.
 
2010-08-20 11:45:21 AM  
I just ask for bjs on my Facebook account. It was amazing to find out who in the neighborhood is willing to blow me.
 
2010-08-20 11:47:58 AM  
shoegaze99 ahh heads you win. i guess i was thinking more along the lines of the stalker types who'd use it as an excuse to make it a "chance" encounter without fessing up they actually knew theyd be there...ya know?

and shiat.
 
2010-08-20 11:51:28 AM  

logophile: everything was cool. i didn't have my maiden name anywhere on FB, i only have 50 'friends' (mostly family) on my account, and i felt safe.

Until not one, but two seperate friends from HS found me (traced me from my brother's account.. he's got a pretty unusual name... AND a friend of my mother's from college also tracked me down on FB the same week.

I made -everything- "friends only", have selected to not have any pictures i'm tagged in be seen by anyone but friends, as well. None of my info other than my name shows up in their public directory (my name's pretty common now). If one more person finds me unsolicited on FB, i'm shutting her down totally.

..it's not what i'm doing now that's the problem.. i -like- for my close friends/family to know what's going on in my day to day (i hate talking on the phone, i dont text, this works for me)...

but it's that one farking psychotic boyfriend from 20 years ago that was just farked in the head enough to get a hard on for coming back and stirring up the shiat, very possibly deciding to hurt my kids 20 years later in retaliation, etc... FB, i will cockpunch you if you fark up my 'new life'


Debbie!? Is that you!? DEBIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!

/Just kidding, that was farking stupid... sorry...
//good luck with the psycho boyfriend bit... I suggest weapons
 
2010-08-20 11:52:07 AM  
Just seems to me a service like this is only useful in a large crowded metropolitan area. If you live in a small town with only a few options anyway, it's pretty easy to find out where your friends might be.

Now, what could be cool though, is you're sitting in a restaurant, minding your own business. Then your phone buzzes. It's Facebook. "Hey man, a girl just walked into the restaurant that likes 5 of the same bands you do, is a member of 24 of the same pages as you, and is the same level in Farmville is you... shall I post a 'hello, I'm in the corner booth' on her wall?" Well, cool, and/or possibly nightmarishly frightening.
 
2010-08-20 11:54:13 AM  

logophile: everything was cool. i didn't have my maiden name anywhere on FB, i only have 50 'friends' (mostly family) on my account, and i felt safe.

Until not one, but two seperate friends from HS found me (traced me from my brother's account.. he's got a pretty unusual name... AND a friend of my mother's from college also tracked me down on FB the same week.

I made -everything- "friends only", have selected to not have any pictures i'm tagged in be seen by anyone but friends, as well. None of my info other than my name shows up in their public directory (my name's pretty common now). If one more person finds me unsolicited on FB, i'm shutting her down totally.

..it's not what i'm doing now that's the problem.. i -like- for my close friends/family to know what's going on in my day to day (i hate talking on the phone, i dont text, this works for me)...

but it's that one farking psychotic boyfriend from 20 years ago that was just farked in the head enough to get a hard on for coming back and stirring up the shiat, very possibly deciding to hurt my kids 20 years later in retaliation, etc... FB, i will cockpunch you if you fark up my 'new life'


Retaliation for what? Please tell us more! What did you do?
 
2010-08-20 11:58:00 AM  
This is mostly useful not for finding out where you are (the tranny whorehouse), but for finding out that right this minute you're lots of miles away from home, thus giving me ample time to help myself to that sweet-ass 57" TV you just bought. Or to use your place as Party Central while you're away on holiday.
 
2010-08-20 12:01:02 PM  

GoodOmens: If you purposely marked that you were behind the restaurant between the dumpster and the chain-link fence they quite frankly, you deserve to get caught.


Actually the problem would be if the transformer decided to mark your location without telling you. That's the insidious thing. A friend could broadcast your whereabouts without your knowledge.
 
2010-08-20 12:03:23 PM  

quickdraw: GoodOmens: If you purposely marked that you were behind the restaurant between the dumpster and the chain-link fence they quite frankly, you deserve to get caught.

Actually the problem would be if the transformer decided to mark your location without telling you. That's the insidious thing. A friend could broadcast your whereabouts without your knowledge.


It says you have to have checked into the place also for a friend to tag you. The problem is that if you have it so only friends can see where you are, but the person you're with has it so anyone can see where they are, their friends will see that you are still there, whether you want them to or not.
 
2010-08-20 12:03:45 PM  

penceyprepreject: shoegaze99 ahh heads you win. i guess i was thinking more along the lines of the stalker types who'd use it as an excuse to make it a "chance" encounter without fessing up they actually knew theyd be there...ya know?


I know what you mean, yeah. And I don't doubt some creepy types would do exactly that, showing up by "chance" where some gal they're stalking is.

I can see the situation I mentioned happening a lot, which is why I guess I could see why some would want to use it. We'll get together with friends and talk about our week, and find out we were on the same beach at the same time, but a block or two away, without having known it. Stuff like that has happened all summer long to us.

But I'd have to rely on other people dishing out their location, because no way in hell I'd do it.
 
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