I got a friend request from Bianca Bosker on Wednesday night.
I’m Bianca Bosker, one of just three on Facebook, so the notification took me by surprise.
What followed spooked me: When I finally scoped out this new Bosker at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, I found myself staring back at me.
Someone had created a Facebook profile under my name, with my picture, and with all my personal information — and then immediately friended me. This new Bianca had the same cover photo as the old Bianca (aka me); an identical list of jobs, schools and affiliations; and had “liked” the same pages I’ve “liked” — “Global Disaster Relief on Facebook,” “Roger Ebert,” and even Switched, an AOL tech site shuttered over a year ago. Even more disturbing was the fact that “Bianca Bosker’s” most recent status update was word-for-word, period-for-period, my most recent status update.
Only the Facebook profile photo was different. The fake account featured a picture of me that’s nowhere to be found on Facebook, but appears as one of the first results in a Google Image search for my name.
- Bianca Bosker: What Google Isn’t Telling Us About The Video It’s Banned In 5 Countries (And Counting) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pinterest as the only outward-focused social network (elezea.com)
- Just Got Weirder (fashionmostwanted.com)