Please Rob Me Raises Awareness for Social Networking Privacy

Privacy on social networks is becoming a serious issue and people are walking blindly into privacy issues by posting on social networking sites. is a new website that plans to raise privacy awareness by mocking social networking sites.

Social networking sites started off as simple online chat and friend matchmaking sites, but have evolved to become a part of the average person’s life. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and now new social networks like Google Buzz, Foursquare, and Gowalla, have continuously one-upped each other to the point where any criminal or predator could access anyone’s privacy by simply becoming their friend on a social network.

Predators can learn more about their victim’s privacy by joining a social network, than by breaking in their house and rummaging through their personal items. Foursquare and Gowalla are new social networking sites that list your location and Please Rob Me feels (like many) that this new trend of social networking is big privacy no-no.

Even though Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz have serious privacy issues of their own, Gowalla and Foursquare can be extremely more dangerous to your privacy by listing your physical location to online onlookers. The Please Rob Me website ( makes light of the very serious privacy issues of new social networking sites like Foursquare and Gowalla by making fun of them.

Please, Rob, Me brings the issue of the serious privacy ramifications of social networking by mocking the stupidity of posting your location for the world to see. On this website, you’ll be able to find a listing of “Recent Empty Homes” where people list that they’ve left their homes for would-be burglars and robbers.

Please, Rob, Me is possibly the best way to raise awareness about online privacy because it doesn’t give the usual privacy PSA, it got social and attacked the problem with social networking privacy from another angle; laughter. This website is gaining lots of attention and the message of protecting your privacy over social networks is getting across to networkers that need to understand the issue the most. has gained so much popularity that they’re looking to sell their website to serious agencies that want to combat the privacy issues people face on social networks. If you want to see what the big fuss is about, head over to and list your empty house for criminals to take advantage of.

For more on social networking privacy issues, check out Google Buzz is Bugged: The Major Privacy Flaw Within Google Buzz, and 4 Ways Foursquare Can Make You a Victim of Dangerous Crimes. Also, feel free to check out my blog for the latest in technology news.

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