I have a great friend (who may not agree with that “great” part after this) who refused to have a facebook page. I can’t disagree with the idea of being the part of the few left in America without one, but it has become somewhat of a joke with us.
Friend: Why didn’t you tell me?!
Me: I did tell everyone, via Twitter and Facebook
A few nights ago while we were chatting via Jabber I decided to play a little joke and create him a Facebook page.
It didn’t take long to look for a picture of him online thanks, in no small part, to his wonderful friends who have named the files after him. With that I proceeded to fill in the pertinent details I grabbed from LinkedIn and some Google Searches and Boom! A page that looked as if it had been made by my friend. I did decide to add a few tweaks that provided me some giggles.
From there it was a matter of adding a few mutual friends and before I knew it the entire social world began to add him! The page was reasonable enough to pass for his despite being littered with a few jokes about me being his sole “Inspirational People” listing and tagging all the pictures of cow butts and dogs I could find with his name. This with a mixture of whisky was fuel for countless belly laughs.
Now if I was a total jerk (which once again my friend might call me after this) I could begin to scavenge his social network for information for further hacks. A picture and a name sufficed to harvest his entire contact list. The prank at this point though got me thinking.
Friend I thank you for the laughs and hope you can forgive me. I have changed the email address associated with the account to yours and have requested a reset password. Take comfort in knowing I used the prank for good in the end by blogging about the risks.