I have been wondering about TMI and the internet. How much information is too much? Most bloggers hide their identity, disguise their friends' and family members' names and avoid posting photos. Social Network sites
such as MySpace tend to be less anonymous. They appear to be an inventory of people and a marketplace for predators. All you have to do is type a list of characteristics such as age, sex, orientation, interests, geographic location and a shopping list of people pop-up. I am amazed at the amount of personal information that is put out for all to see.
I noticed that The Mom Salon is on MySpace and Facebook. I had a brief foray into Myspace where I thought I had a stalker.
and the next day found out I was an idiot!
I learned to set my profile to private and that you don't have to answer all the questions in your profile. I also surfed around to see if I had any friends or family on MySpace and ended up busting my 12 year old nephew!
One of our friends found that her 16 year old daughter was communicating with a 18 year old drifter and he was planning to visit. Our friend set up a fake profile as a classmate, became a "friend" and spied on her daughter. She was able to cleverly sabotage the budding relationship without her daughter's knowledge.
I have not had any issues yet with Blogger and Mom Salon and am curious about other Mom Salon bloggers experience. What are the dangers of posting photos and first names of your family if the rest of your information is vague? Have any of you had any scary experiences?