Beware of Internet dating and duping…

I was truly horrified to read Dare’s post the other day which talks about how Craigslist has been compromised, several people have been seriously embarrassed, and there are separations occurring due to people looking for love on the web.    Warning.  This is explicit stuff.  Don’t follow the links if you’re easily shocked.

I did a bit of research on social software earlier on this year, and created myself an account on MySpace.  I sort of did a search (in the interests of social networking you understand), and tried to find a guy aged between 40 and 50 who was interested in dating, socialising, networking and romance.  Within 5 miles of my postal code ( I live in the country in a house in a field outside the town boundary).  I got 83 search results which scared me a little.  all of these men live within 5 miles of me??? and just want to socialise? hmmm.  What to do now then…

Dare notes that: “The blog post indicates that there is a growing trend of people posting requests for romantic liaisons on CraigsList only to turn around and embarrass all the people who responded by posting their responses on the Web”  Truly scary stuff I think.  The potential for damage is huge here.  So be careful with what you do on the Internet.

And if you ever see my profile up there on the Internet, I hope you’ll understand that I’m only doing this in the spirit of research you know.  Honestly….  It won’t stand up in court will it?