I have had a great reply on this topic while going around the USA talking about social media security. During my talk I give an example of why it is NOT okay to allow just anyone the right to follow you or vise versa.
I choose a volunteer out of the crowd. Usually a nice looking woman because…why not. I give a hypothetical situation. We were dating and things are starting to get serious. So serious that I take her to meet my mom for the first time. While we are at my ma’s house, I introduce her to my new brother-in-law. My brother-in-law was in charge of bringing the dinner rolls and once again forgot. He asks her to go to the Italian (not french) bakery down the road with him to get these rolls. She says yes. While they are picking up the rolls he notices that he forgot his wallet and asked her for $4.98 to cover the rolls. She just happens to have $5.00 in her left pocket.
Would she give him the $5.00 and why?
The answer has always been “yes” and because he is associated or was introduced to her by me. There is an applied level of trust set prior to them going to the bakery. Well this level of trust in my opinion can be accomplished within twitter. If I follow you and we start having a friendly conversation(your favorite sports team) I will then go after your friends and family for a small amount to help me with my “cure/run/walk”. All I have to do is introduce myself as your friend as they can see our past conversations in twitter. I have had a over 90% success rate of getting their followers to click my cause link. This success is based on the applied trust between two strangers. So although it is really #kwel to have 70,000 twitter followers it can also cost your friends and family $4.98
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