Seduced by a virtual FaceBook HottieThis actually ‘almost” happened. But first, let’s talk about this headline. They say in copywriting that headlines are very important. I’m hoping this headline will make you curious.
Sometimes pretty women do approach me to become FaceBook friends. And I – being single – like to accommodate these requests. FaceBook – in its infinite wisdom – now asks if you know someone outside of FaceBook. If I don’t, I say no.
A few days ago, I accepted one of these requests. Let’s call this female Marilyn Taylor (i.e. from Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor), which is a fictional name. After I accepted this request, I got this reply (i.e. I blanked the number out):
“…going to be in Carol Stream and getting drinks at Rosie O Reilly’s this Friday. Text me at my new ph number XXX XXX XXX -just text me if you’re looking for something to do and wanna trade some pics xoxo P.S. I’m sorry for the very random chat.”
There are some problems I see here:
- The pub mentioned is Irish. While it serves food and drink, it isn’t in Carol Stream, Illinois USA. It’s in Wheaton – the home of Billy Graham – a city adjacent to Carol Stream.
- This person has one FaceBook photo in a bikini.
- They don’t have any About tab info, nor do they have any location info. No education info, etc. Nada.
I remember something recently on ABC news. But I forgot the name. So I asked the local public library reference librarian for help. The sports figure is Manti Te’o. Here’s a typical story talking about this incident:
So I responded way on FaceBook:
- “Not sure about Friday. Will let you know. Thanks for the invite.”
I got this response back:
- “I know your probably having a really busy Saturday. I am totally not lol. I’m on video chat for a few minutes if you wanna join. Shoot me a text if your available for a few so I can send you to my page. oh yeah text me your username once your on. Well, getting off here text me talk soon.”
Later, I got this message (i.e. again I edited the text and blotted out the phone number):
- “Sorry to bug you again. It’s just I just moved here last month and don’t really know anyone yet. I’m back on video chat again for a few min if you can join so you can see me. Maybe we can hookup this weekend sometime. Any who ,shoot me a text XXX XXX XXXX if you’re not”
I decided to send a brief text message from my Google Voice account. I got a web page back to visit. But I had to test it first. It did pass the first tests from Virus Total . But when I went to the web page, my Web of Trust browser plug-ins said the site was untrustworthy (see Web of trust).
So I wrote back this on FaceBook:
- The site you mentioned for video (i.e. text message reply) gets a bad reputation from Web of Trust . If you really want to video chat, why not use Skype . Are you open to this?”
In fact, please look at the article Fed Up With Skype? Here Are 6 Of The Best Free Alternatives at . It says this about ooVoo:
- Video calls are extremely simple to set up and conferences can hold up to 12 participants. ooVoo is available for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, and Facebook.
I have set the application up on FaceBook. I can video chat with other FaceBook friends, as long as they have a computer web cam available. No need to go outside of FaceBook.
I haven’t heard back from this person via FaceBook. If I were the football linebacker, I would have insisted on meeting sometime in person. I even searched for this person’s picture at (i.e. Tin Eye ) – no results. The same occurred with a Google image search.
I’m always wary of anyone who comes on too fast and strong. Real relationships take time to develop. Someone on social media should provide as much info as possible. The basics should be there – where they live, what they do and a bit about them.
Manti Te’o might have developed a real virtual relationship – don’t know. But he should have insisted on meeting in person, somewhere along the line.
If Marilyn Taylor wished to visit me at a local Irish pub, let’s do that first. No video chats needed beforehand. Why insist I join a site the Web of Trust doesn’t approve of – just to video chat? Why not use of the methods I suggest (i.e. ooVoo on FaceBook or Skype)?
Academic and business blog posts
Here are some blog posts I recommend from academic and business acquaintances of mine.
Why so many blog posts about kids? Because we have too many US mass killing sprees. Perhaps some good articles on proper childhood care can cure this current and future trend?
- 30 blogs to help you keep your new year’s resolution all year
- 15 fashionable and functional accessories for busy moms
- How to snoop on your kid while he’s online
- 36 blogs to help women train to be a 3-day walker
- 10 famous moms with nannies
- 25 unexpected ways to say thanks to your mom for helping out with the kids
- Things not included in the typical nanny job description
- 15 famous singer/songwriters named Ken
- 10 easy valentine’s day activities kids will love
- How to get your kids to share when they don’t want to
- The importance of workshops and conferences for nannies
- A guy’s guide to breaking up with your girlfriend on valentine’s day
- How to be the teacher your students will never forget
- What to look for in a restaurant before dining out with kids
- 10 benefits of playing a musical instrument parents won’t want their kids to miss
- 10 iPhone apps to keep track of what you like and what you don’t
- 15 tips for creating a calm and soothing nursery for your newborn
- How to save money on your cable bill when times are tight
- 24 blogs with easy Easter crafts for kids made from recycled materials
- 25 foods that are made better with bacon
- How to keep kids from going stir crazy during winter months
- How to go back to school after having a baby
- How to help your child stand up to a bully without getting beaten up
- Lose baby weight fast with these 10 iPhone apps
- 30 blogs for parents who love to throw elaborate kids’ parties
- What to do when your nanny texts too much
- 10 ways to make a first date the best date ever
- 12 common auto-corrects for us iPhone users to beware of
- How to survive your first camping trip with kids
- What parents need to know to raise a polite child
- 20 blogs with ideas for celebrating baby’s first Easter
- 10 reasons people love to like Betty White
- 12 dangerous and distracting things moms do while driving
- 10 of the best places to have a first birthday party
- 25 blogs with sweet love poems to impress your valentine
- 8 reality shows with real life nannies taking center stage
- 30 blogs helping parents care for their babies better
- 9 safety questions parents should ask potential nannies
- 25 great alternatives for families who spend too much time watching TV
- 15 things men refuse to ask for help with
- 10 meal prep shortcuts that will save you tons of time
- 10 ways to reward your nanny without spending a dime
- 18 blogs with motivational craft projects to do after you’ve been laid off
- 10 ways to test who you’re really chatting with online
- 30 blogs parents of teens learning to drive must read
- Master your family’s schedule with these 10 iPhone apps
- 5 famous scientists that started their work as young teens
- 25 of the most outrageous cupcake flavors ever