bill-swift - July 17, 2012
I'd like to think that most users of social networks are aware of the fact that the information they've posted online is now available for public consumption. So I wonder what might possess some people to post highly personal and private stuff about themselves on the web, when anyone in the world can now see it.
One of these is posting pictures of their debit cards--with the numbers clearly visible--on their Twitter accounts. And to highlight the sheer stupidity of this, a new Twitter account that names and retweets this dumb posts was born: @NeedADebitCard.
The account's bio reads: "Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people." Its popularity has ballooned as it now has over ten thousand followers. Which brings us to our list of the stupidest things that Twitter users do on a daily basis..
1. Post their debit and credit cards online. We've covered this above, so really, if you're in need of a card, then hit up Twitter and start jotting those numbers down. (We're kidding of course, unless you want a one-way ticket to prison. They may be stupid, but they're still protected by the law.)
2. Fall for bogus online job offers. Fake job offers aren't limited to Craigslist and other job-hunting forums. There are a lot of bots on Twitter advertising fake jobs that promise thousands of dollars a week for basically doing nothing. If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is. So don't fall for them, and if you do, stop posting tweets like "I fell for this scam and lost $$ because of it..."
3. Click on spammy ads that spam the network. Another handiwork of these bots are spam ads that hijack people's Twitter accounts once they're clicked. Posts with nonsense text offers followed by a link will then flood that user's account and that of their networks. And if more people fall for it by clicking the links, then we've got a good example of the domino effect right here.
4. Give shady account-stealing apps access. Some Twitter apps are legit, others are not, and it's pretty easy to spot the real ones from the bogus apps. If anything seems off about the app, then it might be malware or Trojan in the guise of an app, so don't give it access to your Twitter account if you're in doubt.
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