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Remember when women were posting their bra colors on their FaceBook status? That was supposed to raise breast cancer awareness. You'd see a lot of 'pink,' 'black,' beige,' and - my favorite - 'none!' It was fun, sometimes embarrassing, titillating, and revealing - but it did not raise funds for research or patient support. It was free, and it got people talking, and eventually word leaked out that the 'bra color game' was about breast cancer. The latest game being played is the 'I like it on ...' game on FaceBook.
You may receive an invitation to play, with a message saying, "This year's game has to do with your handbag/purse, where we put our handbag the moment we get home for example 'I like it on the couch', 'kitchen counter', 'the dresser' well you get the idea. Just put your answer as your status with nothing more than that, and forward this message to all your friends." That's fairly suggestive, and has already embarrassed the children of several women who are playing the game! Like the bra color game, it does not raise funds, does not mention breast cancer, and has a gently risqué tone.
Seems harmless doesn't it? Before you post your purse's location, think a minute about what else is on your FaceBook Profile page. Is your city listed there? home address? work address? phone number? any other clue to your whereabouts? If so, think about updating your Privacy Settings, or being very careful about how you play this game. An unscrupulous person on FaceBook, or a friend of a friend who can see your status posts may also see your physical location, and be ready to snatch your purse, since you've made it easy for them to find it.
Don't get me wrong - I'm on FaceBook and I played both games, but I am careful about what info I put out in public. I am over 30, so I didn't grow up on the internet and don't live a very public life online. I do work and socialize with both feet firmly planted on the World Wide Web, but I like to be cautious with my web security. So while I may tell my Facebook Friends that 'I like it where I can get it quickly,' - you can be sure I don't say where that is, precisely!
If you do want to raise awareness for breast cancer this month, then go on a Komen Walk, join an Avon 3-Day, do a Relay For Life, or purchase some Pink Ribbon products. What do you plan to do for BCAM?