OK, Austin Butler is a freak! And I don't mean that teen star of various teen films. I mean the guy who asked all the people from GA to become his friends over Facebook.
Well, I spent all day asking people who this guy is. Apparently, if I used wiki or google first, I'd learn about the true Austin Butler. So I denied his request and reported his profile as fake. What is disappointing and why I'm writing this blog is how many people just mindlessly clicked to accept this freak's request. And I mean people like Jamessavik, Mark Arbour, benji, Nephy, Tiger, Lugh and many others! I understand you use Facebook differently than me. You don't have any personal info on there (hell, Mark Arbour could be the biggest fake of them all! ) or if you do, you share it with strangers recklessly. The fact that somebody comes from GA doesn't mean he's a good person! And by accepting their requests on Facebook you link them to ALL your friends and their privacy. Now some people don't mention where they come from even here! Hell, I don't say it to everyone even if I give away much more info nowadays than I used to when I joined GA. And by clicking on that accept you shield them, give them more legitimacy! If "name" is friends with them, they must be OK/safe/nice/whatever!
I use my Facebook account differently. I keep contacts with people I met, knew or I care for. It's my personal profile. Under no curcumstances I let freaks to my personal information. But if you let these people among your friends, you give away info about me and all other people you have among your friends. I know that I can restrict the info I share with people on FB strictly to just my friends and I do. But I don't like the idea that others who have FB mainly to play Farmville, Mafia Wars and whatever else put in unnecessary danger me or other people that share with them their personal profiles.
So I want to appeal to all of you to consider if you know the people who are asking you to become friends! Not everyone who just filled in some registration form at GA is a friend! There are people who got their flats totally burgled, there are people who dig for any personal info to sell, in short, internet is not safe! You don't tell the personal info about yourself or your friends to total strangers on the street so please don't do that on Facebook either!
P.S. I was told a "freak" is a too strong expression. So those of you who feel offended by it (and I used it only on fake Austin Butler) substitute it with a "weirdo".