Friday, October 24, 2008

Do I Know You?

Stop bugging me already! I know, I know. Internet social networking is en vogue. But I don't do Facebook, Flicker or Friendster. I don't text or twitter. Don't have time for multi-player on-line gaming. And I don't care who has a crush on me or who has checked out my profile.

Yet I'll check my Yahoo e-mail box and find tons of e-mails trying to entice me to check out such websites. It's not that I have anything against MySpace, Facebook, WoW, or the people who frequent those sites. It's just that I barely have time for blogging. (And fantasy football this time of year--Go Blogs!)

One such e-mail did escape my Yahoo spam filter with the subject "Kathleen O'D has sent you a private message." So I checked it out. It was a message sent via Flixster, asking if she could be my friend. Well, I did join Flixster once to take a movie quiz from one of my blogging buddies there. I thought I would investigate.

I did check out Kathleen's profile, she had a picture of Lauren Bacall there. Nope, nothing familiar about her. In fact, I have my doubts that she's a real person. Many of the comments on her site seemed like they were planted, like voluminous requests for her and her friends to take various movie quizzes. Do you think maybe Flixster is scamming people trying to build traffic for their site by creating "friends"? Methinks so.

Kathleen O'D, if you're out there reading this and are a real person, I apologize. But I think you're a spambot myself.

Let's check my spambucket and see who else wants to be my friend . . .

Here's one with "Hi, come talk to me" in the subject line. The message says my soul mate could be out there. I'm already married to my soul mate. How many more do I need?

Another says "2 New Singles Want to Meet me." Yet another e-mail from says that two people have searched for me today. Hmmmm, must be the same two people, you think? I probably owe 'em money or something.

I get e-mails from stating that various numbers of people have checked out my profile. I didn't know I had a profile. Wonder if they mean my FBI profile. I don't think I have an FBI profile either but if I did, I wouldn't want people checking it out.

E-Harmony wants me to review my matches which they have compiled as of 10/13/08. Then a follow-up from E-Harmony wanting me to review my matches as of 10/15. Sounds like my stock is rising there if they have to update my matches every couple of days. I'll wait another month and see how many matches I've got then.

No, I think I'll just create a social networking website for folks who are not too keen about social networking on-line. You're all welcome to join. Check your e-mail soon for the official invitation.


Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Dave: I think there's money to be made in the social networking biz. (You haven't forgotten Hoss's retirement fund have you?) Maybe I'll think this over.....

6:31 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Ever since I ran a post called "Doggie Porn" I have been getting spam comments on my blog. Must be more perverts out there than I had imagined.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

Dave, I hear you-don't facebook, my page, you tube or twitter. don't text either.
and my best friend and soulmate is the guy I'm married too as well.
Is there something wrong w/ us-or the rest of the world?

12:03 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

The downside of Computers/Internet Dave, why can't they just leave us in peace, let those who want this stuff get it for themselves.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Good Old Dave....everyone wants to know him! Glad to hear that you haven't fallen for nutworking. I did join Facebook last summer to keep track of my youngest daughter (she's 48) while she was on missions trips to Germany (by herself) and Gabon, Africa with her hubby, two of my son's teens and about forty other kids from church. It was a great way to know what was going on, but now I am getting requests from tons of other people wanting me to make them my friends. Yuck! No time and no energy! One relative wants me to join six or seven groups, but I think they just want money and Wall Street already took mine. Hang tough, Dave....we need more people like you with principles.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

I have considered that if I took every such offer seriously, I would be one busy woman. But, sigh, I'm not brave/stupid enough to bite. My life is so boring.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

My team has a crush on yours. Go SPARTANS!!!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

HOSS--Hoss, you're already retired and living large. You've got to share with the rest of us.

JAN--I posted something about my old "Swinger" Poloroid camera. Boy, did I get spammed after that.

CARINE--I still think it's the rest of the world that's strayed a little off the wire, but I fear I'm in the minority.

PETER--Here, here. Maybe if Obama gets elected he'll stop it. That would be a BIG change.

KACEY--I am hanging tough. Wish my Wolverines could hang as tough. I see your Buckeyes hung tough with the Nittany Lions for a while but it wasn't long enough.

LYNILU--Possibly a boring life but it's still YOUR life. I think if I just signed on to just a few of these social networking websites, my life would not be my own.

BABETTE--Yeah, well I hear some Wolverines out your way had an even BIGGER crush on your own hometown heroes. So the skunkbear nightmares continue.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

I do Facebook only to keep abreast of what the girls are posting. And, since D1 is away now, it's a great way for me to to keep up with her.

And texting? I do it. Regularly. I have some great conversations with the kids on that phone. At the dinner table, I usually just get a grunt or two.

How 'bout them Noles? Before you know it, we could crack the top 10!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Hurray!!! I just figured out who you remind me of- Andy Rooney!!!! This post could be one of his scripts. Are you his writer???????


6:17 PM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

I'll be checking my email.

I got a facebook account, specifically to keep tabs on some teenagers in our family who post there. It's really good for that.


6:44 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

FRED--I suppose in this day and age you have to communicate with kids in their own language, be it texting, Facebook, whatever. Is FSU coming on this year? Since U of M is not doing well, I've not been following college football as much.

BETTY--You're not the only one to say this column was Andy Roonish. My dad said we both sounded similar--both complaining.

CASSIE--There is one MySpace blog that I check occasionally. I would have no idea how to find someone's Facebook page however.

6:49 PM  
Blogger amarkonmywall said...

Oh, I'll join. I joined Facebook and and MySpace so I could stalk my children and now I'm being stalked by 100s of people I don't know. They send me cyber plants, jewels, martinis, hugs and some even throw cyber sheep at me. And I know for certain there were not that many classmates in my entire high school...I'm afraid to check my mailbox.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Dave, I am like you, I can barely keep up with my blog and emails....No Facebook, My Space or anything else for that matter......I get a lot of "stuff" in my spam folder too, but I just delete it without even looking at it. Hang in there buddy.

6:17 AM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

AMEN! I'm too old for all that stuff! All the people my age who have Facebook or MySpace accounts are just spying on their teenagers.

I'm too rural for eHarmony to care about. is less discriminating...thank goodness...or I'd have never met Paul!

Still alive. Still thinking about you! Glad to know you're alive too!!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Spider63 said...

Facebook and Myspace are strictly for teenage tarts and their adult stalkers. I would not even visit those sites anymore. Not to mention that every webpage has some annoying psycho music and template backgrounds that are hard on the eyes and take forever to load even with DSL.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

VICKIE--Sometimes we know things about people's kids before the parents do, thanks do Facebook and the like.

LUCY--I get a lot of spam at work and have tried blocking it, but one specific spammer can get around the blocking mechanism by changing a few letters in their web address each time they spam me.

WORDWHIZ--E-Harmony can't be too discriminating if they're interested in married folks like myself. Great to hear from you again.

SPIDEY--What I hate are those websites that publish "top 20" lists and you have to open each entry on the list separately. It takes forever to load too. I usually turn the sound down on my computer to avoid ANY music playing on a website.

10:23 AM  
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