In the last 24 hours I have been made aware of at least two fraudulent accounts, several multiple accounts, and one account just vanished. In talks with a couple people, I've also received a wake up call to check out who I friend. One admitted to beating his wife in his own comments, which I abhor but was not aware of. I probably would not have friended him had I seen that. He says she has forgiven him and they have moved on...good for them, and I hope they have and that he can change the way he handles the stress of a married life. I won't unfriend him as I already have accepted and I think people deserve a second chance. I hope he means what he says when he says he's getting help with it.
Others here think that they are the gods of blogging, writing pieces talking about other bloggers as immature, fake, irrelevent, or insane. There are duplicitous writers here who complain about others complaints to Ben or about the site yet complaints fill the majority of thier work. Still others talk about themselves as a singular beacon of hope and omniscient in the world and use avatars of fictional characters capable of miracles or superman-like physical traits. The fact of the matter is that no one here can be sure of anothers history, identification, or intelligence. It's a risk we all take here in Thoughts land, and it's one that apparently has come to a head. I know from this point on I will be much more cautious about whom I friend and whom I take interest in as a fellow blogger.
It is a nasty way to find out that there are liars among us, but I think that with these wierd happenings and fraud accounts coming to light, I think we all will be a bit more aware. The times are indeed changing.