Does anyone know ?.

Does anyone know what the frack Google + is all about. And will switching it off cause Mountain View to have a hissyfit (itself might be sufficient reason). Somehow or other it installed when I set things up on the new computer. When it came out a few years ago and when at the time google were pushing it I made certain it never got onto the old one, but somehow it’s now prompting me with mails from blog posts that went seamlessly into Reader before. And anyway how ‘do’ you switch it off.


Catfishing; Now that was a totally new one on me. It seems the term sourced itself in a 2010 film which explained the phenomenon. It seems there are people out there that dream up false ID for themselves on FB, Twitter and other such sites. They have entire transcripts from uni’s, high schools, employment histories. All with stories. For why. Well it seems these scum want to ‘fuck’ with some poor lonely person that will believe  them. And why wouldn’t you believe them. Why would you instantly assume the ‘relationship’ you are having is totally fake and what sort of fucked up mind would do it.

Manti T’eo is an American college football player with Notre Dame. He was caught in such a sting. But what lifted his experience well above was the death of his granny, followed within days the death of his ‘on-line’ girl. Can you imagine the hell that man was in on the passing of his Nan. And then to have it raised by infinity by this scum. I can only think that this bastard was out to utterly destroy T’eo from the core.

I cannot for the life of me think what crime this dirt committed but I’m sure something could be dreamt up so we could all see them. It really wouldn’t matter if they are committed to jail or not. Just so we could see the person.

Link to LA Times.

I rarely use four letter words. Mostly I can find an actual adjective that will fit better. But I reserve the right to use them when they fit the context. Using ‘To fuck with someone’ here is apt, as is the description of the horrible twisted mind being ‘fucked up’.

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16 Responses to Does anyone know ?.

  1. Kimberly says:

    The things people are capable of doing with anonymity of the WWW is appalling isn’t it. Every so often I think, “Wow, people are getting crazier and crazier and crueler and crueler.” Or is it that we are exposed to it so much more and immediately than ever before. That kind of behavior would never occur to most of us. Another one that gets me is the “Trolling”. I can hardly read the comments’ section following articles online anymore. Even the most benign stories get vicious comments. Yuck!
    As for G+, I have no idea. A year or so ago I thought I had to update it to continue using blogger, so installed it. Then all the privacy issues they had about having access to your history and what not went down, I wondered if it was all related, so got rid of it. I just went into my settings/install-uninstall programs and uninstalled it. I don’t know if that is an option on your new machine. But I haven’t been lacking without it. Every so often I get messages about needing to upgrade, but I don’t.

    • V.H says:

      I know there are times when you make a miss-take on something. I’ve done it a few times myself when someone has gone all serious and I’ve taken it as a wry comment on the human condition. Only to go off in a direction a full 180 from where the writer intended.
      Trolling, and what some people call trolling, I feel that is a movable feast. Some use it to mean the wrong side of the tracks at the country club. But at the same when you truly see it it is pure harassment in the criminal meaning of the term.
      Recently the Prof of Classics at Cambridge was attacked on Twitter and on the TLS blog for having the temerity of an opinion on the BBC’s Question Time about the questionable conclusions about emigration by Polish and Lithuanians fruit pickers to Boston, Lincolnshire. They even depicted her as a vagina. Her name is Mary Beard.

      • Kimberly says:

        Ya, I don’t know, I don’t think you can compare a mistaken understanding or even dissenting opinions to trolling, even a little bit. The personal attacks and language used to outrage other readers is calculated and unfortunate because it actually limits the discourse that would have possibly taken place.
        Reading the things that were being written to Ms. Beard; I was a nervous wreck! She handled it well I guess. I would have cried and shut the blog down. It’s one thing to disagree with her ideas, but another entirely to deliberately hurt feelings.
        I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around respected, successful, intelligent people using twitter and facebook as a means of REALLY communicating with colleagues, constituancies, students, etc. It’s probably here to stay, but it all seems so teenager-ish to me – like the content is automatically dumbed down on those forums due to the certainty that some reader will resort to name calling and inconsiderate responses.
        Anyhow, I heard something the other day that I wanted to ask you about, but I’m going to your ice post to do so…it fits better there. 🙂

        • V.H says:

          I was watching the programme with Beard and heard exactly what she said. She quoted a study and she placed a proviso over it. She tried to take the debate to a higher place where it could be debated without heat. And given the forum she wasn’t over optimistic. The vast majority who watch that show are educated to ‘good’ degree at least. They aren’t kids like she thinks. I’ll get back to this later. I’ve got to go now.

          • Kimberly says:

            I’m sorry it was not my intent to say her blog or show was dumbed down, far from it. From what I understood the name calling didn’t come from her blog, but the tweeting and the social media offered via the show? What I’m questioning is the need for her (or anyone at her level) to TWEET. Being limited to, what, 140 characters. It’s not necessarily the forum for intelligent discourse, hence the attacks and name calling. I don’t use twitter, so it could just be my lack of knowledge, but it seems as if that behavior is the norm.

            • V.H says:

              I understood what you were saying.

              What ‘she’ said was that in her opinion it was mostly male and teens that were the source of the bile. I don’t think that is valid in any way.

              What she and virtually all other professors of Classics are up to is an active engagement. For years they went into ivory towers, where the further they went in the less safe they became within the university. That’s why they Twitter. There are very serious moves afoot to introduce Latin/Greek/Classical Studies into State schools in disadvantaged areas. The Projects if you will. And they are getting remarkable results. Truly remarkable and 10,000 times better than could be hoped across all subjects. In large part that’s the ‘why’ of her engagement with mass media. In some schools they are outstripping schools in the ‘burbs on the results tables.

              • Kimberly says:

                Hmmm, it makes sense going that route to reach out I guess. And if it’s working, who am I to argue. However, it still seems like an odd choice for academia to me.
                I don’t know know the stats of twitter users and/or those who troll. But it does seem that it’s assumed to be male.

                • V.H says:

                  I think it is. Few nowadays know the very nuanced education that the Classics gives you. It really shows you how to unpick something. But more, it shows that ALL things to do with the human are created by the human.
                  And yes, it is assumed that the nasty scum are entirely male. But when you look at the direction of the twisted reasoning, it is not male at all.

  2. Ed says:

    Google + was Google’s answer to Facebook. I haven’t experimented with it so I really don’t know more than that.

    I hadn’t heard of catfishing until I saw the referenced movie on the subject and suddenly, the term is everywhere thanks to Teo. Although I have a false ID, I don’t specifically use it to mislead people and will be the first to admit that Ed is not my real name to those that inquire. I learned the hard way a long time ago in the early days of blogging when I got a troll that was intent on destroying my professional life because I didn’t agree with her politically. She didn’t succeed but it made me wiser after that. Saying that, I would never go to the extent that some of those that Catfish do to deceive people. That is just wrong on so many levels.

    • V.H says:

      What you do is sensible security.
      What’s going on here is so twisted you need to really reach to see the payoff for the scum. The win is in the control over someone else. Frankly the motivation is so outside the norm no one could expect it without being in that self same field themselves. There is a serious psychosis involved.

  3. Rebecca S. says:

    Yes, that story was all over the news here last week. So strange. I also reserve the right to use the four letter expletive when the moment calls for it. That moment did call for it.
    Google + is still a bit foreign to me, but I’ve heard that people are forming focused communities within it that are great, actually. If you have a certain interest, like physics or, say, the Classics, you can find a community. I’m on it, but not on it at the same time, because I never actually use it. Every once in a while I get an update in my email, but I just don’t pay that much attention. No time for spending on the computer more than I already do. I find, with these things, that the less you use them, the less they bother you.
    However! My issue right now is all the robots I’m getting on my blog. I might have to do some comment moderation if it keeps up. Most of them don’t even appear on the actual blog, but come to my email inbox. Bah!

    • V.H says:

      Yeah that’s not the blog but the mail a/c. I had a similar issue a while back. You need to go into the mail settings and strip out all the crap. That’ll free most of it up. There are a whole heap of cookies that sit in the mail from ages back. They normally come in on a shopping site that isn’t security aware to the WWW. Like some high street shop going online because it must.
      Yeah I’ve just kicked the + to touch.

  4. Kelly says:

    I’ve not had anything to do with Google+, so I’m not sure what it’s all about (nor do I really want to from complaints I’ve heard).

    As for the “F” word…sometimes it’s just what fits the situation. As long as it isn’t used gratuitously, I have no problem with it.

    • V.H says:

      Yeah me neither. I think it must have installed with something when I clicked OK to some of the google family. Actually I made certain sure it wasn’t on the other machine.
      And yes I feel the same. But when your thumb is trying to hurt the hammer sometimes a good loud “F-it” just seems necessary.

  5. Sage says:

    Catfish is good, as long as it ain’t from a polluted river. Catfishing involves a long line with lots of hooks and some of the unsavory parts of a chicken… Okay, that’s not what you’re talking about.

    This is a stupid story that I have tried my best to ignore. How do you consider someone you never met a girlfriend? On the bright side, the only STD he needs to worry over is a computer virus.

    As for Google+, I have found the hangout feature to be useful. There is a group of colleagues of mine from around the country that have used this function several times to meet. I supposed we could even have such a meeting of bloggers (up to 9), but that would destroy our personas.

    • V.H says:

      The fish is a course fish like our pike. Only more a bottom feeder.

      Yes from his side that element undoubtedly exists. But having said that both of us probably know people who married after a long involved series of letters. Granted we’re going back a bit to the grandparents generation. But I believe the same reasoning holds.
      But it’s the other side I find impossible.

      Pshaw, I’ve just deleted it.

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