Fake Accounts on Social Networking Sites

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Fake accounts on social networking sites aren’t a new thing. Facebook have been trying to prevent and block fake accounts for sometime, but recently there seems to have been an influx new fake accounts.

Open networkers aren’t just on Linkedin – there are those of us who love to connect to new and interesting people on many networks – the more the merrier, but its really time to be a bit more careful about who we connect with.

As we discussed recently in a Xeeme group, these accounts might be created for many reasons, these fakers could be looking to either collect information from us or steal information to sell to the highest bidder.

The dangers of Fake Accounts on Social Networking Sites? 

  • Dating Scammers
  • Stalkers
  • Data Thieves
  • Thieves
  • Scams
  • Viruses
  • Identity Fraud
  • Manipulation

Basically there is a con there somewhere, and not someone you want to be friends with.

Mutual friends

They target a group of friends, adding them all as friends very quickly – creating an illusion of trust, we think that if they are friends with 100 of my friends so they must be alright.   By us not checking these people out we are also making our friends fall for the trap.

These fake accounts might be trying to find information about you, maybe by collecting that information from your sites or networks from information you already provide. Or maybe they might try to fool you by befriending your friends and chatting with them also, then creating engagement with you.

How can you find out if an account is fake.

  • Is there a profile picture ?
  • Is the about me – or the profile info filled in
  • Have they recently just started the account and already have many friends in common with you.
  • Does the photo look like a stock image.
  • Are there any other photos of themselves or family.
  • Does the name seem fake?
  • Are their many spelling mistakes on their profile, such as spelling their home town incorrectly.

Google image search

Take a copy of the profile picture and you can search for duplicates on Google Images – and you may find that this picture has been used for several networks with different names.

I love Google images search, I recently mentioned this in a post I wrote about available images to use on Social networks

Some Xeeme members noticed an account on Facebook that set off the alarms as above.

https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.muhtaseb.73

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Jennifer Muhtaseb – had many mutual friends. Her account was started on the 24th of April – Hardly any information in the about me at all.

 

A Google image search proved very interesting.

There is also the same profile picture being used for a Sarah Dohse

https://www.facebook.com/sarah.dohse

And also a Jessica Foster

https://www.facebook.com/jessica.foster.12327

While I am not accusing this person of any of the dangers we listed above you have to be honest, this doesn’t look too good. It could be that Jessica Foster’s photo has been stolen as she has been on Facebook since 2011.  This makes me think it might not be a bad idea to Google image search our own profile images from time to time.

Another one that I spotted was a California girl called Love Adiza. 

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When I searched for this image on Google images – many many sites appeared  – mostly pointing to a girl from Ghana called Salia Emmanuel – but there are also two other names also on just the first page of Google. I will leave you to have your own opinion on how real this account is.

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This high lights the Dating Scammers – We’ve all had them, those men that are only on social media to use the platforms as a online dating service – As Knikkolette Church at Spicie.com recently wrote.

This isn’t just a Facebook Problem, its apparently worse on LInked-in and even on Twitter. The problem is if they are following your many accounts and also your friends they can build up a profile and gain much information.

Personal security on Social Media

As we know, there is no privacy on social media, and most of us are used to that now but we need to know there are things that we shouldn’t share.

  • Your Full Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address
  • New Purchases
  • Holidays.
  • Bank details (obviously right?)

We all know not to share this information with strangers I know, but some of these Conmen or women, might try to gain your trust so you think of them as a friend which you then might share more detailed information.

There is no need to panic but its time to stay alert and be a little more vigilant than we have been.

If you do find any Fake accounts on Social Networking sites always try to report them – on Facebook please do block and report them you will find this option on the drop down on the cog -> 

Hope this helps

Ford Model B (1932)

 

Drawn in illustrator – using a photo for a guide by Ryan J Zeigler, see more here – https://www.facebook.com/RJZeiglerPhotography

Much artist licence used! 🙂

 

From Wiki 

The Model B is a Ford automobile produced between 1932 and 1934. It is a much updated version of the Model A and was replaced by the Model 48. The B has an improved four-cylinder Model A engine of 201 cu in (3.29 L) displacement producing 50 horsepower (37 kW; 51 PS). Ford also produced a similar car with its new flathead V‑8 engine, marketed as the Model 18, and commonly simply called the Ford V‑8; other than the engine, it was virtually indistinguishable from the B.

Although sharing a common platform, Model Bs and Model 18s came in a large variety of body styles: two-door roadster, two-door cabriolet, four-door phaeton, two-door and four-door sedans, four-door ‘woodie” station wagon, two-door Victoria, two-door convertible sedan, panel and sedan deliveries, five-window coupe, a sport coupe (stationary softtop), the three-window Deluxe Coupé, and pickup.

 

The Social Network for your PET – My Social Petwork

my social petworkYes, I’m sorry its true ….Its really there – Its not april fools day and Danny Brown isn’t involved.   Now your Pets can have their own profile on their own social network – My Social Petwork… where pets do the talking.

You have to be over 14 to register with the Pet social network but I’m guessing this is the pet owners age not the pet!

My Social Petwork is operated by Pep Publishing – who also own Loveit magazine, Full House and That’s Amazing Magazine, and are asking for stories.

As an open platform any photos or links that you put on My Social Petwork can be seen via search engines but your profile however cannot – this can only been seen by members of the network.

On the network you can add – photos, videos, links, which you can “love”  The ones with the most “loves” will be awarded Picture of Video of the day.

You can also comment, friend, and send private messages just as you can any other network.

A word about content

From the terms and conditions on My Social Petwork

By posting User Content to the Site you grant us the right to distribute this content in any existing or future media for any purpose in connection with the Site or the promotion. By posting User Content you promise that you have the right to post and publicly display this content. You also waive all of the moral rights that you have under Chapter IV of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 in respect of any User Content.

My Social Petwork on Facebook

So, I saw that they have their own Facebook page but when I looked in to it, I found out some more information.

I thought this was a new and clever name but now I see that there are a few Facebook pages or profiles with the name “Social Petwork” – one has 2000 likes and was founded in January 2011 but it doesn’t seem to be connected – The Social Petwork and this one from November 2011 – Social Petwork and another The Social Petwork and the list goes on.

However My Social Petwork appears to have a Facebook page from somewhere other than UK but has the same Font and logo which was launched June 2011 and the UK My Social Petwork which was launched in February 2013

There doesn’t seem anything wrong with that, I just found it astonishing that there are all these Facebook pages for Social Petworks.

I know you all want your pets to have their own Twitter or Facebook accounts well now they have their own Network!

You need never wonder where to share your cat pictures again …. no need to put them on your own profile anymore!

 

 

 

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Schedule Google+ posts with Do Share

do share logoIf you want to Schedule Google+ posts – I guess that’s why you are here – then you are going to LOVE this !

I love social media, and social networking and I am a big fan of Google Chrome or anything Google in fact – so as you’d expect I love Google-plus and the option to be able to schedule google+ posts is very appealing – not that I need to do this all the time, but I like to have the option.

In comes – Do Share !

Do Share is an offical Google Chrome extension that was created by Tzarfrir Rehan – and designed by Joel Califa. Do Share not only gives you the option to post and schedule posts on Google+  but there are loads of other things you can do with it too.

  • Sharing to Profiles and Pages
  • Sharing from a table on Google Chrome
  • Shares to specific circles, communities or @mentions
  • Autocompletes Hashtags
  • Has Free Rich text Editor – no more ** __
  • Supports Drafts
  • Share from your pages stream
  • Multple Google Login
  • Creating Polls
  • and Automatic numbering as inspired by Gay Kawasaki

Where do I get Do Share

Either go to the Chrome Store and search for Do  Share – or just click here – Do Share

You then add it to chrome – done.  You leave this running or on all of the time if you want to keep using Do Share, you can turn it off again in the settings or in extensions.

How to edit settings on Do Share

Click on the Do Share Icon…

It opens up like  you want to create a post, at the top towards the left is a big cog, click this.
Here you will see the options

  • Add “Shared via #DoShare to your posts  – yes you can turn this off if you want.
  • Use Alternate Google Account
  • Auto number posts
  • Here you will see your profile and a list of your pages that you might want to number posts for – you can change each one individuality.
  • Share current tab when clicking Do Share
  • Log out and reconnect to Google.

How to create a post and schedule Google+ posts 

Its so easy to schedule Google+ posts and share them with Do Share.

You can either just click on the icon and type what you want to post and copy in your link – but thats a long way round, when Do Share have made it so easy.

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When you have the tab open with the link that you are reading and want to share you click the Do Share icon.

This puts the link into a box on Do Share

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Click the Link and it opens up so you can add a title (which appears in bold) and some text which you can Bold Italic or Cross though.

Add who you want to share with by clicking Add more people.

Then you can Send to Drafts, Schedule or Share now

Brilliant!

I love this extension, try it out, see what you think.

What is #Skillpages

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Skillpages is a social media directory or networking website for job seekers and recruiters or people looking just for a type of skill. If you are looking for full-time, part time, temporary or a one off job, Skillpages might be a great place to start as it now has over 10 million users.

Skillpages was originally called Weedle and was launched in 2009. However it went through some changes and was relaunched in January 2011 as Skillpages.

After recently launching an iPhone application Skillpages became just that bit more popular  increasing their database by 1.5million users.

What is Skillpages

Basically, Skillpages is where you find skilled people or showcase your own skills.

People say that Skillpages is just another Linkedin but its different in the way that it concentrates on your skills. With Skillpages you are searching for peoples skills in certain areas – so people might be looking for an expert in eCommerce in London, Skillpages will find them for you, either in your own community of people you trust or new contacts.  With the search function you can immediately see who has the most recommendations by the thumbs up and if they are in your community or not.

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On signing up for an account you add your profile as you would normally on starting a social network, and then your work experiences – you can connect facebook and linkedin and it will add that information for you but on Skillpages the most important thing is to..

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Add your skills

If you have many skills remember to start with the skill that you want to be seen for the most as this is what appears first when people click on your profile to recommend you.

  • You add the name of your skill
  • A description – Here you put things like – why you are good at this skill – your qualifications and your experience and maybe which companies you have worked for.
  • Add a cover photo
  • Then you finish off by asking for recommendations, either by Facebook, Twitter or Email.  – There has been talk of spam arising from using the email method, which I’m not sure of as I didn’t use it, I assume it emails everyone in your address book to ask for a recommendation which could seem like spam to some.  
  • All of this is optional, but I would suggest filling it all out.

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Work Opportunities

If you are looking for work – you can search for Work Opportunities.

Click Work Opportunities at the top and the fill in what type of work and the area and you will get a list of people that are looking for that skill in your area – Here you can click on the position or opportunity that you like. Baring in mind many people are looking for the same thing so if you are going to apply you need to make your reply stand out from the rest and as always having a fantastic personal avatar and being polite helps.  Unlike this reply I just saw – JUST CALL ME I NEED JOB!!

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Looking for a Skilled Person?

Once you have your own account you can then post an opportunity if you are looking for someone with a certain skill.

Scroll down to under your skills on your profile page and you will see – Post an opportunity.

Here you just fill in, What you need and What you need them to do – and Skillpages will notify people with those skills for you, no need for searching.

I haven’t actually used Skillpages to find a job for myself but it certainly looks like the place to be if you are looking for any type of work, there are many many opportunities available and its growing all of the time.  Skillpages says it has 21,292,088 skills and counting.

Skillpages is available on the web or mobile.

Hope this helped you understand a little bit about What is Skillpages.