New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.
Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.
It will take some work.
If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.
Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.
@copyleftie is a kind person that you'll love having in your timeline and, if it happens, be honored to call a friend
@kemonine is consistently one of the persons that I see helping people and trying to be low key about it - it's cute
@shello is one of the sweetest new acquaintances I've made on Mastodon + I have enough confidence to recommend him to you. He cares, does his best and tries to improve at all times
There's way more caring people that deserve your attention - stay tuned! ;)
Personal details disclosure on the internet, advice (9/9) Show more
I'd read about some of this in Violet Blue's "The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy", but I'd never come to face with it.
So do yourself a favour and search the web for your details if you value your privacy.
When you search, in an abundance of caution, don't search with too many details, and avoid clicking the links directly (copy the textual URL to the browser's address bar), because search engines collect data from clicks.
Personal details disclosure on the internet (8/9) Show more
Again, I was able to find this person's details with a quick google search with basic data like name and zip code. And these companies list this data publicly, and make money from surfacing even more details.
Data breaches like Equifax's and the like are worrisome, but this takes disclosure of personal information a step further, because they're legally (?) making it accessible to anyone within seconds, and also making a profit from it.
Personal details disclosure on the internet (7/9) Show more
The Google search also listed a different website with a lot more personal data publicly exposed. This website, BlockShopper, shows the person's address, who they bought the house from, when, and for how much. That page also reveals how much they paid of property tax each year, and the demographics of the neighbourhood ("community").
Personal details disclosure on the internet (6/9) Show more
This whole service is *incredibly creepy*.
A person's details are shown publicly, searching only for their name and zip code. I have a feeling these people might not even know their personal details are on the web.
The reputation score reminded me of what's being controversially implemented by the Chinese Government, with the distinction, of course, that in this case it's a score being assigned by a private company, which is no less worrisome.
Personal details disclosure on the internet (5/9) Show more
Under "Can I control this page?" they say:
"Yes. You can edit and comment on many of the details on this page. [...] These are free functions. [...] MyLife Background pages like this appear in Google searches six times each second so [it's] important to control your page to look your best to the world."
I mean, I don't think this needs much commentary. They profit from doxing, and ask for people to further dox themselves. WTF!
Personal details disclosure on the internet (4/9) Show more
The website conveniently shows the reputation score for each person in the "family and friends" and "neighbors" sections, along with a red "❗️ Alert: Court Records" right next to some of them; of course these people have a lower reputation score than the rest, because, you know.
Personal details disclosure on the internet (3/9) Show more
But this isn't all, mind you.
The website also presents a "Reputation Score", with 👍 and 👎 buttons inviting the visitor to "raise [or lower] [person's name] score".
On the website they say "Your Reputation Score is calculated with a proprietary algorithm using details in your Background Report and reviews written by people who know you. It says a lot about your character and life experiences is used to assess you in many situations."
Personal details disclosure on the internet (2/9) Show more
Curiosity got the best of me (sigh) and I googled the name and zip code (this was an US address).
The first result was for a website called MyLife: off the bat it lists the person's name, birthday, ethnicity, religion, income range, a list of properies they own, where they studied and where they work and have worked, current and past addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Plus a list of family, friends, neighbours, classmates, and more.
Personal details disclosure on the internet (1/9) Show more
Today I got this package in the mail from an order I placed with a big online retailer. Along with the goods came an invoice, but it was for a different person's order, placed within a day of mine.
The paper slip listed, beside a list of items the other person ordered, the order tracking number, recipient name and full address for delivery, as usual for invoices.
Electronics taken apart, semi-serious question. Show more
Is my hot glue gun supposed to have this ridiculous amount of molten hot glue around the heating element?