Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The Fuzz On Facebook

Kids todayThe future is now: "University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student Adam Bauer has nearly 400 friends on Facebook. He got an offer for a new one about a month ago. 'She was a good-looking girl. I usually don't accept friends I don't know, but I randomly accepted this one for some reason,' the 19-year-old said. He thinks that led to his invitation to come down to the La Crosse police station, where an officer laid out photos from Facebook of Bauer holding a beer – and then ticketed him for underage drinking." [Via]

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Slava (#216)

“I feel like it is a breach of privacy,” Stenholt said. “You feel like you should be able to trust cops.”

Haha… stupid kid

KarenUhOh (#19)

I had a boss who used to routinely tell me, "You pal around too much with people on this job. They're not your friends. I'm your friend."

Well, he was a schmuck–and not very friendly, either, for a friend–but unfortunately, there was a grain of truth in that lump of coal.

mathnet (#27)

Am I as naive as these kids, or is holding a beer not proof of drinking a beer (forgetting the fact that there's no proof it's not just a photo of someone who looks a lot like you)?

mathnet (#27)

But hi, kids? No one may ever have told you this a million bajillion times, but maybe avoid pictures that can get you in trouble, and the publishing of them.

hockeymom (#143)

Also, don't sign any petitions that may embarrass you 20 years from now.

HiredGoons (#603)

I know, right? All my friends in high school used to take pictures of each other taking bong rips and shit and I would always decline to have my picture taking, and they would be all like 'what, dude!?'.

I recall more than one parent finding those pictures.

Needless to say, I was always the favorite friend of all their parents.

HiredGoons (#603)

'taken' – grrr.

brent_cox (#40)

My MacGyver School of Law degree says yes that is flimsy evidence – if only defense attorneys would entrap clients on FB as well we'd have some game.

HiredGoons (#603)

Non-friends don't let friends drink.

My porn career was under an assumed name.

hockeymom (#143)

"Anderson Cooper"?

Wolf Fitzher.

"Blitz Wolfher."

sigerson (#179)

Greta Van Poopchute

HiredGoons (#603)

"Cunnie Chung"

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

This sort of thing strikes me as a response to this sort of thing . To which I respond, you know, build a taller fence?

Apparently one of the Deans at my alma mater was doing this, too, back in the day when facebook was only for .edu elitists and pretty much anyone could see your profile so long as they were in your educational network. I was long gone by then, but am pretty thankful that the deans did not have the authority to rifle through all the photos developed at the campus bookstore in the early naughts.

Alex Balk (#4)

I believe you meant to say "the early Nads."

Goes without saying.

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