Thursday

For FB users, The Best 2013 Creative Pay it Forward Idea

This is for Facebook users. I am guessing you could
modify this idea to use it with other social media sites.
AWESOME IDEA
I posted this on my Facebook status. 
2013 Creative Pay-it Forward. The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year,a gift- perhaps a book, or baked goods, or a candle, music, art - a surprise! There will likely be no warning and will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status. (I was #5 on Melanie's list, my daughter-in-law. I think this is a great idea.)
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AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS IDEA BY JENNIFER

7 comments:

  1. WARNING. Do NOT comply with this chain letter type message that is going around Facebook like wild fire. This could be a GRAVE DANGER to you and others.

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    2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward. The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift - perhaps a book, baked goods, coffee, or, music, or a surprise! There will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status. Who's in?

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    What is the problem here? If you are one of the first 5 people to post a comment, you'll have to provide the person with your physical location address, in order to be mailed a "gift" at some indeterminate future time.

    The reason this is not a good idea is that we all probably have accepted friend requests from strangers who SEEMED to be okay. Or from friends of friends. It's not wise to give unknown, or vaguely identifiable people, your land address, especially if you're a woman, a teenage girl, elderly, disabled, or otherwise vulnerable.

    Even if you know the person well, the whole idea of posting a comment to get a "gift" will encourage the meme, the viral aspect of this dubious and potentially dangerous practice. It may even be part of an identity theft operation.

    If you are copying and pasting this message, I advise you to delete the post from your wall. Even if you're a good person with good intentions, the very idea of this is not a good idea to be propagating on Facebook. It's a weird way to fish for comments, it's a randomized ploy, and it just accustoms people to engage in potentially dangerous behavior online.

    You should NOT give out your physical location, home address, phone number, or other sensitive information to anybody online, unless you really, truly, genuinely know them and trust them, preferably in the real world, and not just as someone online with whom you have interacted and engaged in conversations.

    A girl may be a man. A single may be married. A person with similar political views or music tastes could be a predator, hacker, or identity thief. Stay safe. Avoid complying with messages like this that may SEEM good intentioned, but could be a trick to get your home address, then do you harm online or in the real world.

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    1. wow, the post is meant to be sent to friends and family as a good thing. Are you trying to make people paranoid. In the world we live in today things like this are few and far between. More like this is needed in the world then maybe people wont be so paranoid. Now i know YOUR intentions are in good faith, but try not to take something like this, that comes from the good in peoples hearts, and turn it into a conspiracy theory! (P.S. i enjoy a good conspiracy theory myself but this is ridiculous)

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  2. Steven, while I appreciate your well thought out warning and thank you for posting it here, that doesn't change the fact that this is an AWESOME idea shared with me by a very well intentioned woman, my daughter-in-law. I suggest if people do act on this idea, they act on this idea in an appropriately safe manner.

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    1. I agree that we should not live in fear and besides it should only be about family and friends that we already know their address.

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  3. Thankful for the warning, but I could walk out the door and get killed without participating in this...
    Let's do something nice :)
    W

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  4. Within this world we live in that has so much crime, injustice, hate, and violence, it appears that a bit of kindness to "pass forward" is necessary. . . it begins here -without fear and with strength, dignity, and sincerity! This is a way to begin building our faith back into America!

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  5. You could just post a poem or link to YouTube on their wall, or get them to do the same. Or make a PO box if you want.

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