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Are Social Networking Websites Safe?

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AB Editor | 14:01 Wed 17th Mar 2010 | Technology
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With recent events highlighting the dangers of using social networking sites, we thought we'd ask you about your views on social websites like Facebook, MySpace and even The AnswerBank.

 

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Which social networking websites do you regularly use?

  • Facebook - 53 votes
  • 42%
  • I only use The AnswerBank - 44 votes
  • 35%
  • Other - 13 votes
  • 10%
  • Twitter - 6 votes
  • 5%
  • Yahoo! Answers - 6 votes
  • 5%
  • Flickr - 3 votes
  • 2%
  • MySpace - 0 vote
  • 0%
  • Bebo - 0 vote
  • 0%

When you use social networking websites, do you feel that your personal information and other data is safe?

  • Maybe. I think my data is safe but I don’t like giving information out anyway. - 43 votes
  • 48%
  • I never use my real name and location when signing up to websites. - 19 votes
  • 21%
  • Yes, but I fear that my details are used for marketing purposes. - 12 votes
  • 13%
  • Yes, I trust the website with my data fully. - 9 votes
  • 10%
  • No, I think my data is auctioned off to the highest bidder! - 7 votes
  • 8%

Do you worry that the people you talk to on social networking websites aren’t who they say they are?

  • Yes, I try to distance myself from making ‘friends’ on websites because of this. - 41 votes
  • 48%
  • Yes, but it doesn’t bother me. - 27 votes
  • 31%
  • No, I don’t care because I’ll talk to them anyway! - 17 votes
  • 20%
  • No, I trust people entirely. - 1 vote
  • 1%

Do you maintain private contact with people on social networking websites who you’ve never met in person?

  • No. - 50 votes
  • 56%
  • Yes, but only occasionally. - 23 votes
  • 26%
  • No, but I would if I was asked. - 9 votes
  • 10%
  • Yes, on a regular basis. - 7 votes
  • 8%
  • Yes, but it was a one off. - 1 vote
  • 1%

Would you ever meet up in person with someone from a social networking website?

  • No. - 25 votes
  • 27%
  • No! Especially if I was meeting someone from The AnswerBank! They’re a bunch of nutters! - 16 votes
  • 18%
  • Unsure. - 13 votes
  • 14%
  • Yes, but only in a group. - 12 votes
  • 13%
  • Yes, on my own. - 10 votes
  • 11%
  • Yes, but only those who I have known for 1 year or more. - 8 votes
  • 9%
  • No, it’s not that I don’t trust them, but the situation would make me uncomfortable. - 7 votes
  • 8%

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can't believe i'm doing this, just don;t blame me....

http://www.sportsanswerbank.com/
I've not ventured in SAB for well over a year now.

. . . I see they've done away with the avatars but I'm surprised to see that it still still supports greenies!
The one question I would have liked to have seen is 'do you know all your facebook friends on Facebook'

A former work colleague has 3800 friends and claims to know them all, yeh right. To prove the point a friend set up a fake name and the colleague accepted straight away.
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