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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Let me make the mistakes so you can learn from them, okay?

I'm about to admit the extent of my geekhood...

I have an alter ego on Facebook.

Yep. Made up a name, personality, even a work history, and got her a Facebook page. Why would I do this, you might ask? Because I needed more people in my mafia and various game neighborhoods. And because I am a total geek.

So here comes the learning experience...
A lot of the Facebook games give you a certain about of energy, experience, whatever. Once you've used it up, you have to wait for it to regenerate. And waiting is boring. Game designers understand, that so they offer bonuses in the form of points, coins, bucks, or some other currency. But in order to get these, you have to pay for them. With real money. They accept most credit cards. Heck, I can even charge it to my cell phone account. Or you can earn those precious points by taking "surveys" and sign up for offers to where they ask for all kinds of personal and financial information. Not gonna do that!

But my alter ego? She doesn't have a social security number; no bank account to plunder. So I figured, why not? Let's see if this works.

I took a short survey on education. It asked all the basic information, but wanted an address and phone number. So I let my imagination rent some space in my house. Just when I was starting to taste those bonus points, our Internet filter blocked the last page. No points. Crud.

That happened at around 11 a.m. on a week day.

At 3 p.m. that same afternoon, I got a phone call from what was obviously a telemarketer. And guess who they wanted? That's right...my fictional character. I was flabbergasted!

But hey, she wasn't home.

12 comments:

Jessica G. said...

And I'm sorry for my absence lately...lots of things still going on that the Man doesn't want me to talk about to the entire Internet.

*smooches!*

Brooke said...

Wow, they sure sold that info fast, how interesting.
I play Allen's mafia wars character, lets just say, he is a very giving person, already achieved the Spreading It Around Achievement...nice :)

Annette Lyon said...

Wow--that WAS quick.

I had a friend who filled out some random form with "Molly Mormon" as her name--and was stunned with all the junk mail she got and telemarketers calling her with that name, all from one single form she filled out on a whim. Scary stuff.

ramsam said...

I am learning from your mistake and never paying mafia, farm, or aquarium on Facebook......ever.
:-)

The Head Eagle said...

You have been missed!! Glad you posted!

You are a gal after my own heart! My alter ego is Betty Sue. I know that if something shows up, or someone calls, asking for Betty Sue, they are trying to sell something or con me!

The Boob Nazi said...

I believe I'm Sandra Ely. But then I forgot I did that and got all irritated when I got emails for her. hahahahaha

Mary said...

I started an account for my husband so I could use it for games...but now I don't have time for any of the games!

Vanessa said...

HA! LOVE LOVE LOVE it :)
vanessa from inevergrewup.net

Popcorn House said...

Too funny! Those telemarketers are QUICK! I haven't tried any facebook games, but my mom loves farm town.

Emma said...

You are hilarious! Good thing she wasn't around, she might have bought something from the telemarketer.

Nat said...

Ummm...

I am sort of guilty of that too. I created a fake email address when I started couponing. I didn't want to all that spam coming to MY email address...

...then I started a blog for my alter-ego. With all the infertility struggles I've been having, I was having a hard time posting anything positive on my blog. So, my alter-ego posted everything I was thinking and feeling on her blog, and now I have a bunch of bloggy friends going through the same things. It has turned out to be an amazing support group.

At least no one has called here looking for her! That is funny!

Erin said...

Wow. That's horrible! I can't believe how quickly they called you/ahem, your alter ego.

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