Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sneaky Facebook

So you're creeping around on Facebook, looking at your friends' pictures from last weekend's BBQ, seeing who's breaking up with who, or just aiming for the high-score in Bejeweled Blitz, when all of a sudden you see an advertisement on your screen for sexy singles in your area.

Of course, that sort of thing doesn't interest you. You're in a happy marriage, and you don't care to meet singles online. Although it probably should interest you, considering the image on the Facebook ad is of your wife!

"Fortunately, he has a sense of humor. Otherwise it could have played out very differently," says Cheryl Smith, the wife of the confused Lynchburg, Virginia man who experienced first-hand how social media is becoming really creepy.

So, why was Cheryl's image being used to meet singles online? It would appear that a company advertising with the social media giant yanked the image off of Facebook and "legally" used it.

Huh? Is that right? Should Facebook be able to use your image however they see fit?

Read the full story on MSNBC.

Is Facebook, the world's most popular free social media tool, starting to infringe on your privacy? Let us know what you think.