Folks sure are foolish

People are too trusting with their personal information. For instance: Daily Log: Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds... On Monday, a Seattle web developer named Jason Fortuny started his own Craigslist experiment. The goal: “Posing as a submissive woman looking for an aggressive dom, how many responses can we get in 24 hours?”

He took the text and photo from a sexually explicit ad (warning: not safe for work) in another area, reposted it to Craigslist Seattle, and waited for the responses to roll in. Like Simon's experiment, the response was immediate. He wrote, “178 responses, with 145 photos of men in various states of undress. Responses include full e-mail addresses (both personal and business addresses), names, and in some cases IM screen names and telephone numbers.”

In a staggering move, he then published every single response, unedited and uncensored, with all photos and personal information to Encyclopedia Dramatica (kinda like Wikipedia for web fads and Internet drama). Read the responses (warning: sexually explicit material).

I don't understand the impulse to tell total strangers intimate details about oneself. I don't even tell friends and family every thought and experience, why would I send it to some unknown entity on the internets? As for all the idiots who ruined their marriages, well, why were they looking for action on the side anyway? If that's what you need to be fulfilled, then your marriage probably isn't so good, and maybe it should end.

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