Thinking allowed — 24 April 2009

[W]hat do you think; it has a certain ring about it? I am thinking of starting a new networking site as an antidote to these social networks. My creation would have the purpose of discouraging anybody from joining my group.

As Groucho Marx once said “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members”.

So this is now it works, you post all your disagreeable faults:

  • Picking toe nails in bed;
  • Describing where your spots are;
  • Disgusting eating habits;
  • And any others I won’t be able to write about here.

If you are a trainspotter, fine sign up; change your underpants weekly, great; enjoy talking interminably about some obscure sport, come on down.
facebookThe original social network site, Facebook is now five years old and nothing sums up this shallow world more than a group of people chatting away to each other in cyberspace. I realise as the author of CabbieBlog I might have committed social suicide by shunning social networking, but have these people nothing better to do?

Although Facebook has been a runaway success it has its darker side. The site is increasingly being seen as a boon to scores of identity fraudsters, as you have to use your real name when you sign up, anything you reveal on your site can be used by sophisticated criminals to open bank accounts and secure credit cards in your name. On your page you could include where you live, your birthday, your e-mail address and your mobile phone number.

British public say they are not in favour of ID cards, storing the details of our phone calls, emails and texts, and they claim it would be invasion of their privacy. But on Facebook, millions regularly communicate with total strangers, telling them all about their movements and where they work.

Did you know that one in five bosses now check potential workers’ details on social networking sites in case they reveal unsuitable social habits like drug use or weird hobbies?

Another worrying aspect is that it enables men to groom children and young women via these social networking sites.

And if you’re still not convinced consider this; recently a company called Greylock invested $27 million in Facebook – and one of their senior partners, Howard Cox, sits on the board of In-Q-T, the division of the CIA which invests in new businesses.

Clearly, the CIA has fully realised the value of personal information collected on internet sites such as Facebook – so the chances are Big Brother may be monitoring you as you make new contacts online.

“Arsebook is an anti-social utility that connects you with the people YOU HATE.”

A big warning be careful out there Twittering, Big Brother may be watching your movements.

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  1. I do have an account on Facebook, mainly because it was easier to do this than keep turning down perfectly nice people who invite me to become their Facebook friends. Aside from that, I hardly ever use it, but you’re welcome to take a peek.

    I think the online world has developed far faster than the general public’s comprehension of the dangers inherent in it. There are a lot of naive people out there, like lambs to the slaughter. That is gradually changing, however, and I think that while snoopers may be having a field day now, as time passes they will find their work cut out.

    And of course, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander: employers may check up on potential employees but potential employees can also check up on the employer: is this a good firm to work for? Bad employers will soon find their little foibles plastered all over the Web.

What do you have to say for yourself?