A Real Life Catfishing

I just wrote about an online fairytale, and here I am twenty four hours later about to talk about an online nightmare.

You’ve probably heard of the dating app Tinder, right? I’ve never used the app but from what I understand it “matches” you to people you may want to date who are within a certain radius of you (is that right world?). The app’s website claims “It’s like real life, but better.” 

On the app, your Facebook page is linked to your Tinder profile, and this allows you to choose certain photos from your Facebook to appear on your Tinder profile. You can then write a little bio about yourself that appears under your name (first name only). Basically you match up with people (and potentially go on dates with them) after only looking at a few pictures. Doesn’t sound like real life to me, but I digress.

My classmate and friend Kristin recently learned that her identity has been stolen online and is being used on Tinder. Someone who is going by the name of “Kim” and is about 80 miles away from Athens, GA has used photos of Kristin to advertise herself on Tinder. It’s like an episode of Catfish, but it’s all too real when it’s your face in the photos.


Turns out this “Kim” gal has gone so far as to create a fake Facebook account with Kristin’s pictures. Scary stuff. 

Kristin is angry, and rightfully so. I would be terrified to find that someone had taken photos of me offline and used them for their own purposes. Even creepier when it’s used on this dating app. 

Kristin is now trying to find said “Kim,” and is using her situation as motivation for her final class paper to write about online security and privacy. But, she needs YOUR help. If you live near Athens, GA and can “match” with “Kim” on Tinder, we need you to do that! We need to stop “Kim” and save Kristin’s identity! Please read Kristin’s story here and pass this along! And, if you get any leads, email Kristin at shotwellka@gmail.com.

Twitter: Tag, You’re It

Is Twitter trying to reinvent itself and become the new Facebook? Based on the latest innovations in the app, the answer appears to be yes.

Twitter is now allowing its users to upload up to four photos in one tweet, allowing you to tag up to 10 friends in the photos, without using up any of your 140-characters.


Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/26/twitter-photos-social/

The four pictures you add will appear as a collage in your timeline, and when another user clicks on one of them, they’ll be able to see the picture in full.

However, this picture feature is currently only available for iPhone users, Twitter says it plans to roll out this four picture addition to Android and Twitter.com soon.

The friend tagging feature, though, is available to everyone and works just like tagging on Facebook. You tag your Twitter friends in the photo and then they get a notification. If they’re not pleased with the photo, they can delete their tag just like they can on Facebook.

The default setting on this picture tagging feature is a bit funky, though. It’s set so that anyone can tag people in your photos, which could lead to some false tagging. Could be interesting.

What do you think of these changes on Twitter? I must say, I like them. I like Twitter and, in general, my favorite aspect of social media is photo sharing, so combine the two and I am pleased.

Filtering Your Facebook Feed

In my Current Issues in Mass Communication class, there has been a lot of talk about social media because, of course, it is a major source of the world’s mass communication! We’ve talked about everything from Pinterest to Instagram, and we’ve also talked about Facebook, and how it may be on the decline.

I tend to agree with this. Facebook is probably my least favorite social media site (even though I check it constantly – ugh) because it tends to be so redundant. My favorite feature of Facebook is the ability to add photos (and to look at other people’s photos), but now we have Instagram and honestly I’d rather see one nicely filtered photo than a bunch of pictures of the same thing in a Facebook album any day.

Facebook just gets old. I mean, you run through your news feed every day and see the same people posting and the same people adding pictures and it’s just so darn annoying. It’s getting even worse as I get older.

Now, I see people my age (I’m 21) getting engaged and having kids and posting about it and it freaks.me.out. I see people posting about their amazing travels and I immediately have severe FOMO and have to remind myself that one day (after I make some money…) I can do cool things too!

So, with all the babies, engagement rings and wonderful landscapes filling my feed, I am overwhelmed and I am over it. Thank goodness Comediva came to the rescue. Check out this hilarious video “Facebook Fatigue” that so accurately describes many of us as we browse through Facebook.


Facebook Stalking Your Facebook Stalking

Facebook stalking. Don’t act like you haven’t spent hours alone on your couch watching reality TV on Bravo while simultaneously stalking half of your high school population to see the things they are doing with their “adult” lives. We have all been there.

The scariest part, though, is that Facebook knows exactly who you’ve been stalking. Gulp.

That’s right. Just when you thought you were safe from judgement and the social media site would never know that you search the Facebook page of your old high school fling and his new girlfriend nearly 37 times a day (I speak on behalf of a friend), think again.

Um, no thanks, Facebook.

Buzzfeed (as always) enlightened me with this article that revealing that Facebook tracks all of your searches, and sadly, users can take a walk down memory lane and review these searches. Shudder.

So now, if you want to sit and watch Bravo while feeling shame and remorse and utter humiliation about Facebook stalkings past, you can.

My advice? Clear your search history. Ignore the fact that, despite only knowing your college classmates for four years, you’ve stalked them back to 2006 when they had braces and that weird haircut. Hey, ignorance is bliss sometimes.