21 July 2010

Scary FB Experience.


The cookies worth stealing from the cookie jar.
Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from Sonya's Garden
.
Definitely has nothing to do with this entry, except that
I was munching these while editing and FB-ing
. :)

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Imagine this on the right side of your FB homepage -- your picture smiling back at you with the words: Add (your name) as a friend. You'd be shocked, and perhaps, confused, wouldn't you?

I almost had a cardiac arrest when this happened to me tonight. I was happily munching oatmeal cookies when I saw it. Someone opened an FB account and used my name and picture. I felt angry, at least for a minute or two. I felt like someone just stole my identity. I had to take deep breaths and decided I will not get angry. Getting angry will not solve anything.

Instead, I reported it to FB and posted a shoutout to my friends that there's someone out there assuming my identity. I don't get it. Who wants to be me? I'm not an artista and is nowhere near celebrityhood. I thought this only happens to famous people.

So what's this person's intention? I hope s/he is doing this out of utter liking and not because of deep hatred for me. So far, this person hasn't maligned my name yet, which is a good thing. I live a simple, quiet life. I know that there will always be people who will not like me. But that's part of life.

Or maybe, that person is just bored and randomly picked me to annoy?

I don't know. Over at FB, I am very picky about who I accept as friends. I even ignore invitations from classmates who were not really close to me. I ignore invitations from people I do not have any meaningful connections with. Because really, what's the point?

I am very grateful because I have old and new friends who reported the incident to FB. I have friends who got my back. I hope they know I'd do the same if this ever happened to them. Tonight, I feel very blessed. And grateful.

Thank you.

And please, be careful out there. Someone could be using your identities/profiles, too. It's actually very scary how easy it is for people to do that -- steal your photos and make fake profiles.

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Photo: I'm not a cookie person but those oatmeal cookies from Sonya's are really good. Not too sweet, not too chewy, not too dry. Just perfect. Thank you CBB for this pasalubong.

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konsuy July 21, 2010 at 4:41 AM  

kahadlok ani oi. oh my. i hope it does not happen to someone else. FB should fix this. na tinuod na hinuon nga naa kay twin. =) *joke*

take care out there. we should all be careful.

Aileen Siroy July 21, 2010 at 4:44 AM  

konsuy said...
kahadlok ani oi. oh my. i hope it does not happen to someone else. FB should fix this. na tinuod na hinuon nga naa kay twin. =) *joke*

take care out there. we should all be careful.

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LOL! Bitaw, Chi! Maybe that person thinks s/he is my twin!

Seriously, I hope so, too, that this does not happen to anyone else.

You be careful. Daghan yabag sa FB. :D

Chelo July 21, 2010 at 4:51 AM  

oh ai, i feel so sorry for you..i can imagine your heart must have shook when you saw your own face inviting you to be friends with yourself..

i always think that only celebrities or anyone liked so well, have impostors..think about it, why would anyone assume anyone's name in a social networking place, unless they like the person they are assuming..you are so liked that people want to be you or be in your shoes..=)

*hugs* hope you feel better now=) lovely photo...murag pang calendar or cookie cookbook=)

Cindy July 21, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

As i had left a comment in your FB acct ai, truly scary... The good thing is you caught it. Let's all be careful.

And, with regards to the oatmeal cookie... i am sure it's very yummy but how you capture it makes it more delectable to the palate (great tone + softness + great lighting = aileen siroy's work of art)... faved ♥

Aileen Siroy July 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

Chelo said...
oh ai, i feel so sorry for you..i can imagine your heart must have shook when you saw your own face inviting you to be friends with yourself..

i always think that only celebrities or anyone liked so well, have impostors..think about it, why would anyone assume anyone's name in a social networking place, unless they like the person they are assuming..you are so liked that people want to be you or be in your shoes..=)

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Nagkatawa ko sa: "your own face inviting you to be friends with yourself." But it's also scary. How easy it is for people to do that.

Thanks for the comforting words, Chel. I don't think that person won't survive if she she'd be in my shoes. :D Still, I hope FB will delete that profile soon.

Thank you, Chel, for always being there.

Aileen Siroy July 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

Chelo said...
*hugs* hope you feel better now=) lovely photo...murag pang calendar or cookie cookbook=)

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About the picture, I am happy how it turned out. Artificial light! :D Learning more. :)

I'm feeling better, although sometimes, mapungot gihapon ko sa thought. Thanks, Chel. Hugs back!

Aileen Siroy July 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

Cindy said...
As i had left a comment in your FB acct ai, truly scary... The good thing is you caught it. Let's all be careful.

And, with regards to the oatmeal cookie... i am sure it's very yummy but how you capture it makes it more delectable to the palate (great tone + softness + great lighting = aileen siroy's work of art)... faved ♥

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Thank you for reporting it, Cinds. :)

About the picture, it was taken with artificial lighting. And I'm really happy how it turned out. You are very kind with your comments always. Thank you, Cinds. :)

Anonymous July 22, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

kita bitaw ko ai. gi invite baya tika sa FB ni Damita? ikaw to nga aileen siroy?if di ako jud to i-block!-normita

Touch Me Not July 23, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

Be careful out there. They could be hackers or someone out there to invade your privacy.

Aileen Siroy July 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM  

Anonymous said...
kita bitaw ko ai. gi invite baya tika sa FB ni Damita? ikaw to nga aileen siroy?if di ako jud to i-block!-normita

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Hi Norms!
Yep, I got your invite for Damita's page.
Your little girl is sooooo beautiful! :)

Aileen Siroy July 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

Touch Me Not said...
Be careful out there. They could be hackers or someone out there to invade your privacy.

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Thanks, Tita Lou! It's scary.
We should all really be careful, especially over at FB.

leen August 2, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

Hala uy, scary. I agree with you 100%, Ai... na daghang yabag sa FB, that's why I kept my other personal details na.

Liza August 4, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

So am I friends with the real Aileen Siroy then? ;-) *Joke* I think I am! I bet the fake account does not have the most amazing photos.

Seriously, thanks for not ignoring me! Big fan intawn ko nimo, Ai!

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