(This is a copy of a letter I just sent to MySpace Customer Relations after a distraught call from my mother. Mom, again, I’m sorry you had to go through that. It’s truly not my fault, though. I never use my MySpace page, really, and I have zero control over who shows up on what should be “my” page but isn’t, because of this new “feature” at the bottom of that page, which lists a bunch of people, all strangers to me, who happen to have “public” profiles. It’s unfair. It’s supposed to be my page after all, right?)
There really must be a better way to do MySpace.
What I mean by that is this: my profile is private. That way, I can keep out the perverts and the lunatics and the exhibitionists. Not that I have anything against exhibitionists, per say, but I’m not terribly big on having a potential audience of 6 billion people.
Imagine this: my mother goes to check out my MySpace page because it’s connected to my Skype. She’s got a friend looking over her shoulder. Now they can only see some generic info about me, but at the bottom of the page is a listing a public profiles. One of those profiles has the picture of some woman, butt naked, playing with herself.
My mom about died of embarrassment. Her friend figured it was a friend or relation of mine, and acted towards my mother accordingly. No amount of explanation would do, they figure it must be someone with whom I have regular contact.
Please, do something about public profiles. There IS a way to monitor all that nakedness. Profile pics of public profiles should either be checked for G-rating (there are kids here too, after all), or be clearly labeled as X (maybe with a replacement image with a big old X on it). I know there are a lot of users, and the man hours needed is astronomical, but that’s outsourceable work. Monitors could be college students, for instance.
Thanks for reading.