MySpace Just As Good As Facebook For Catching Dumb Kids

from the the-cops-have-the-internet-too dept

Facebook is growing as a law enforcement tool, particularly at colleges and universities, where administrators and police use it to keep tabs on students' misbehavior (inevitably followed by retaliatory pranks). MySpace is in on the act now, too, after police near Boston used it to track down some graffiti artists. The kids -- who maybe got exposed to too many fumes -- had helpfully uploaded pictures of their work and their tags to the site in a group called "Graffiti Artists". MySpace has taken the blame before for stupid kids, but it sounds like these mental giants figured out how to get caught all on their own.


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    Margaret, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 4:46pm

    Myspace

    This kid at my high school got suspended and most likely expelled for making a myspace for a school administrator.

     

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    AsherMaximum, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 5:05pm

    Our School too...

    People at my college mostly use Facebook. I go to a school where you aren'y supposed to use extreme foul language, and someone got written-up for saying p****.
    Also, we're not alowed to drink, no matter what our age, and numerous people have gotten caught through Facebook for that as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Our School too...

    i go to a private highschool school, and if a teacher creates an acount, we just send in a report and the teachers acount gets deleted. we already had 2 kids put on final probation because of it and various detentions and suspensions related to alchohol.

     

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    Jared Anderson, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 5:34pm

    Re: Our School too...

    Well this sounds like a good law enforcement tactic to me!

     

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    Joe, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 5:52pm

    voluntary public information

    The kids were stupid enough to give their life story on something like Myspace/Facebook/XuQa/etc... Maybe someone could clue them in next time that people other than their friends can see what they post.

     

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    Nick K, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 6:05pm

    Re: voluntary public information

    I know, I can't stand myspace just becuase I think its dumb, but can't you make it so only your friends can see your profile? Or would that limit all the hot girls you will never meet from becoming your friend?

     

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    Moto, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 6:22pm

    Re: voluntary public information

    People are just plain stupid. And People who use MySpace are more stupid.

    GAYspace

     

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    MsElphie, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 8:01pm

    Ha!

    I love these stories. Someone commits a crime and then proceeds to tell ALL their friends about it. Myspace is just another avenue to get the information out quicker.

     

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    ferdfrumppyferdfrumppy, Jan 11th, 2006 @ 11:29pm

    MySpace

    I hate to flame myspace...wait, no i dont. iv actually been called "computer stupid" and a noob because i DONT have a myspace account. first of all, myspace is anything but private. if someone is stupid enough to use it in the first place it is not hard to believe that they would be stupid enough to brag to all their digital "friends" (who are just as likely to be cops) of all the stupid illegal crap they do so that everyone can see just how cool they really are. if you really have nothing better to do than AIM your friends to tell them how bored you are, fine. But MYSPACE?!? if you really want to have your number of "friends" be your defining characteristic, gripe about your life to anyone sad enough to actually read your blog and show the world your impressive lack of discretion, dignity, maturity, productive activities and REAL social life i thought thats what high school is for.

     

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    Keith Richards, Jan 12th, 2006 @ 10:26am

    No Subject Given

    I love Myspace!

    http://www.myspace.com/keithrichards

    But I have to admit that I also use Friendster.

    http://www.friendster.com/profiles/stoned1

     

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    johnny anonymous, Feb 16th, 2006 @ 7:20pm

    No Subject Given

    ya, as a graff artist, thats some BS. ya, i wouldnt do it, but its not that dumb, its a good way to network with other artists. its not like there is a yellowpages section to find other writers. f the media.

     

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    rofl, Apr 29th, 2006 @ 7:06am

    Re: Re: voluntary public information

    more stupid

    love your grammar pal

     

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    Jonny Wang Chang Kung-fu Jew Crew, May 19th, 2006 @ 2:02pm

    Ain't it the truth....

    Since day 1, I have absolutely disliked Myspace. Why? It's extremely pointless. I do use Facebook, but for the simple fact that you can connect to people enrolled in the same courses as you (hence, if you miss class and haven't had the chance to meet ppl in the class, you can sort who is in the class and find out what you missed). I have no idea why ppl are so possessed to view what has been on ppls minds all day long, have your eyes damaged by the static background and the dynamic html scrolling over it, glittery symbols that announce you are a "sexy girl"(and you wonder why parents don't trust their teen daughters), etc... While "Tom" has some web design skills, I think he should apply it to something else. Read this article, it'll make your day:

    http://www.cafepress.com/myspacesucks

     

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    gibson 1986, May 30th, 2006 @ 3:54am

    "SOS SOS !!!!! can you he

      Im a chinese student i m very crazy about www.facebook.com but i cannot get acount of it icannot enter into it can you help me get aUS/UK studunt E-mail ? ,so i can use it to join it .ilike talk with you .maybe we can use skype to
    build the long relations . i can teach you chinese for free. Ao-ha .Bingo!!!!

     

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    gibson 1986, May 30th, 2006 @ 3:55am

    "SOS SOS !!!!! can you he

      Im a chinese student i m very crazy about www.facebook.com but i cannot get acount of it icannot enter into it can you help me get aUS/UK studunt E-mail ? ,so i can use it to join it .ilike talk with you .maybe we can use skype to
    build the long relations . i can teach you chinese for free. Ao-ha .Bingo!!!!

     

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    Billy Bob, Aug 24th, 2006 @ 12:22pm

    a

    myspace is a good place to meet cyber whores

     

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    kaoz, Jan 2nd, 2007 @ 2:38pm

    wtf the matter with u

    im a graffiti artist from winnipeg its fucken stupid usin that shit let your art be noticed by others on the street and its not garbage people its artso look at that way

     

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    myazn, Mar 23rd, 2007 @ 10:28pm

    Gross, just gross

    I don't understand what people can use those websites for. Facebook is like Myspace, but more private and a button that asks you what school and courses you attend. Yes it can be useful for keeping in touch, but don't people talk to each other in person anymore? It seems like everyone is shy to talk in person, I MISS THOSE DAYS. Too many people glued to the computer, truly sad...

     

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    fiona, May 30th, 2008 @ 3:08am

    Re: MySpace

    wow.. I can't even believe you said that. AIM is so ten years ago.

     

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    abby, Aug 26th, 2008 @ 11:11pm

    rude...

    This is very mean,and Mabe those kids didn't actualy do it.

     

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    abby, Aug 26th, 2008 @ 11:18pm

    rude...

    This is very mean,and Mabe those kids didn't actualy do it.

     

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