Friday, June 12, 2009

Cyberworld News

A mom blogger from Missouri, got the quite the surprise. She shared a professionally taken family photo of herself, husband, and children on her blog and other social networks, but it somehow ended up being used for a storefront ad way up in Czech Republic. Coincidentally, it was spotted by a college friend that brought it to her attention. What a small world we live in?

In Arizona, a man believes his twittering that he was out of town led to his home being burglarized, while he was away. That’s another downside of being so social on the World Wide Web, something I’m guilty of myself, we have to be more careful these days.

In other Cyberworld news I had recently read several blogs about a mom from Illinois, with a hoaxed blog and the story just made my heart drop. April’s mom a.ka. “B” the blogger who hoaxed the internet with her blog, has since apparently come clean, she actually made the front page of the Tribune. Briefly recapping the story she portrayed herself as an unmarried Christian mother pregnant with a terminally ill child that she later gave birth to, only for the child to die hours later. All the while this was untrue, along with the photo’s she placed on the blog.

After she came to realize that her true identity was about to be exposed she tried to remove the blog, twitter and face book account that she used, apparently all a little to late, because the online community had already discovered just who she was. She has since come clean and admitted to the hoax. She says she apologizes for doing what she did.

Although “B” does go on to share that she really did lose a son shortly after giving birth back in 2005. Her reasoning for starting her blog was intended to help her deal with his loss, as well as to express her anti-abortion views. She mentions it was intended for only a few friends to read, but when she began receiving over 50 comments, she found it addictive that people were interested in reading her writing. Also mentioned was the support, prayers, and yes some cash that was sent on her behalf. It then goes on to say that the stress from it all led her into the hospital. This is all so sad all the way around and after I read over some of the many comments received on the Tribune, there is still even more to this story, than what was mentioned. More on this, here.

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow, these are some amazing stories. It's crazy what goes on in cyber space. I just heard about a women claiming to have lost a child and was taking donations. The catch was that she didn't even have a child. What a terrible thing to lie about. Thanks for the info. We all need to be on our toes these days.

Naye said...

Michelle, it is crazy what goes on, and all of these stories are recent. Just plain ole creepy, have to stay cautious!

Kendahl, Stepmom Extraordinaire said...

I can't believe people can do things like this! It's insane.

Cashmere said...

We have to be careful with uploading images on the net nowadays. Too many cases already.

Naye said...

Kendahl, I agree it is hard to believe some of the things people do these days.

Cashmere, we really do, in this families situation it wasn't so bad, but it's not always such an outcome for others. It's insane!

Andrea said...

I'm glad you posted this stuff - people do need to know! It's crazy and sad. Thank you for the comments on my post about the fraud bloggers, too. I have heard there is a percentage of our population who doesn't have a conscious at all. These people are clearly in that percentage!

Naye said...

Andrea, oh goodness I so agree with you, that so many people just have no conscious whatsoever, and it's beyond sad.