The Official Google Blog is an interesting read. They help track flu trends, provide spanking analytics (like YouTube Insights), and you can even see Ancient Rome reborn there as an animated YouTube video. My fave is their collections of hack attacks. They have these really cool competitions where they sponsor Code Jams. If you are a techno geek virtual junkie like me then you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, let me introduce you:
I quote: "Code Jam is one of our most famous traditions. Programmers compete to hack and solve complex programming challenges in a very short time, and the winners are awarded fame, cash prizes and the opportunity to intern at Google." You can read up on this here (Space Jam), here (It's Jam Time), and here (Code Jam).
At this point in time you may be wondering why a Realtor is talking about hacking.
Well, why not? There is a difference between a good hacker and a bad hacker in more ways than one.
Did you know that some hackers infiltrate social networks to mess around with your e-mail and identity? Did you know that lazy habit some of you have of blindly accepting friend requests on social media sites from total complete strangers who are not your friend may actually be jeopardizing my relationship with you because they now have my information because you let them have it with your lax security habits?
So what if we supposedly have 30 friends in common? 6 degrees of sep is not always a reason to ask to be friends with someone you don't know. It would be so much nicer if people took the time to send an e-mail to their real friends introducing their third party friends so we'd have an idea who was friend or foe.
It would be even nicer if we took the time to figure out who some of these people contacting us, and that we decide to contact, really are. Maybe we shouldn't rush to associate just for association's sake. Maybe we should take the time to go read some tweets, blog posts, check out their other social media accounts or just Google 'em. The cool thing about ActiveRain, Trulia, AgentGenius and Juicy Red Apple is that if you spend enough time in these stellar sites (and others) it is a little more easy to accept new people as a potential friend on Facebook or MySpace because you've crossed virtual paths with them on a daily basis.
If you are not reading, writing and crossing paths with people, why are you automatically clicking yes in MySpace and Facebook? Some of your bad habits are aggravating me. Yesterday my Google alerts went off. Guess where? Linked to 5 porn sites because one of you let the wrong person in and they started stealing your Google juice by running a real estate RSS feed in the background as a ticker-tape next to a bunch of hoochies. I am not amused or pleased because my innocent comments on your blog dragged my name into a place it should not be. I saved that e-mail because I am still trying to figure out who to complain to. I've already told Google it was not relevant but I'm seething with anger.
Hackers are your foes. Be careful who you let into your social network people. Those nice people entering Google competitions are probably not the same people stealing your friends information while they collect yours because all you care about are the point system numbers or appearing to have hundreds (if not thousands) of friends.
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