Earlier this month actress Patricia Arquette announced she was deleting her Facebook account after what she deemed as a "social experiment" resulted in an alleged case of cyber-stalking or Facebook stalking. Now, a new interactive website provides a very real and very startling example of what it's like to be stalked via Facebook.
In what should serve as an alarm from coast-to-coast and from sea-to-shining-sea, the folks behind the website TakeThisLollipop have created a way to take you inside, literally, the mind of a stalker. But it doesn't stop there. Oh no, Take This Lollipop uses your own photos and incorporates them into a video or scene from a movie that features a very creepy-looking stalker who's obsessed... with you.
It's a very chilling interactive movie as you stare into the eyes of a Facebook stalker (no, not a real one, it's an actor) who is hell bent on finding you via your Facebook account. Think of this as a PSA about the dangers of Facebook stalking or a clever interactive movie. Either way, it's worth seeing for yourself what it's really like.
So if you're game and want to see what it's like to be stalked via Facebook, try it out yourself.
There is a disclaimer on the Take This Lollipop site which states they will not save your information nor post it without your approval. You do need to allow access to your Facebook profile of course to get the full, chilling effect.
Tips To Stay Safe In Social Media
When I came across this I knew i had to share it as Cyber Stalking has become, unfortunately all too common. I also knew I wanted to share something with all of you I wrote last year for SocialMediaToday.com titled "How to stay safe in a social media world." In that post I shared some tips to stay safe such as...
- When it comes to passwords avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Don't use the last four digits of your SSN, your mother's maiden name, your date of birth, your middle name, your child's name, your pet's name, or anything else easily discovered or guessed.
- And be sure to log out of any social networking site when not in use. Use different log-ins for various sites.
- Treat your laptop as if you know it's going to be stolen. Use the password-prompt on start-up, and shut it down for the night when you are done. Consider using open-source encryption programs such as TrueCrypt.
I recommend reading the full article as it provides a lot of other useful tips to staying safe in the social media space.