If you’ve never said you’re going to creep on someone, kudos to you. I will be the first person to admit that I have crept on individuals that I don’t know, I mean how else will I know whether or not my best friends new boyfriend is good enough. I am what you would call a cybersleuth, (I mean it sounds better than a creeper) Cybersleuthing is defined as
A person who does any kind of detective work using the internet.
Now when I
creep cybersleuth, I usually do it in the private of my home or with close friends you know so nobody knows how weird I am (and that’s out the window now) because it’s weird being around someone when they creep on you. I know. From experience. Ms. Shalayne McDermit asked at the end of her post Cybersleuthing if anyone has ever experienced it. So instead of posting a really long comment, let me tell you a story.
During internship, I was coaching rookie girls volleyball. The girls I was coaching were also my students that I was teaching so they got to know me inside and outside the classroom. I would like to think I was professional during both times (definitely dressed down during volleyball but nothing extreme) We were coming home from districts which was held in Lampman late one night and, of course, the four girls that were in the same vehicle as me were being like grades 8. All of them were on their phones (I pretty sure they were SnapChatting back and forth) taking pictures, sending texts to their teammates in other vehicles. You know typical stuff.
At one point I take out my phone because they “needed” to know how many SnapChat trophies I had (5 by the way) what I didn’t realize is that you have to swipe down exposing my SnapCode. If you use SnapChat you know that you can add friends by scanning their SnapCode (if you don’t know how to check it out here) So as I go to check my trophies one of the girls had her phone over my shoulder (without me knowing) ready to scan my SnapCode. THANKFULLY, I soon realized what was going to happen and closed my app. But what I didn’t expect was “let’s google Ms. Nyhus!”
THEY. FOUND. EVERYTHING.
I am so unbelievably happy that I have been lectured repeatedly by my parents and professors that I need to be careful about what I put online. I mean not everyone does. Check out 9 suspected criminals who got themselves caught via social media. I did find out that my Tumblr and Twitter were connected, which I didn’t really want so that was good. They found my blog which resulted in;
“Ms. Nyhus, you have a blog?!”
“Yes, it was for class.”
“I’m going to read it.”
“Okay find out all the interesting things I do.”
“Never mind, it doesn’t look that fun…” I would like to say that my blog has improved a lot since that November night.
I also believe that when they searched Google Images they found a picture of a girl in lingerie, but it wasn’t me I swear. Googling my own name I am so happy to find that my blog and Twitter account are my first websites that show up, which I consider being my most professional accounts. My Facebook isn’t even on the first page (YAY! because who goes past page 1 on google) and I never did find a link to my Instagram (double YAY!) But that didn’t stop my students, I had multiple requests to follow me on Instagram, which was followed up with a “not until you graduate”. How they found me? I am not quite sure but I think it was, if you can follow, they had a friend whose older sibling was friend with my longer sister who follows me. Whew!
I mean these 12-year-olds have almost as good detective skills as Katia Hildebrandt does. Almost. I am still unbelievably impressed by Katia in The Curious Case of Srkj Rife, “Victim”-Turned-Harasser. The amount of information she found within an hour is crazy. The power of the internet is insane.
This kind of reminds me of the TV show Person of Interest. If you haven’t heard of it before, I would recommend going and watching it. Basically, it is about a computer that is watching your every move. It spits out relevant and irrelevant numbers (SIN numbers), the relevant go to the government and basically, it says that person is probably going to commit a terrorist attack. The irrelevant numbers are thrown away as they are either a victim or perpetrator of a violent crime until Harold Finch takes control and with the help from John Reese, they help stop criminals or save victims. Finch’s cybersluething would, sorry to say, put Katia’s stalking to shame. If you were comparing. Check out the opening sequence below.
Victim or perpretrator, if your numbers up we’ll find you.
Thoughts? Have you ever crept on someone before? Have you ever been crept on that you know of? Do you think jobs/businesses do it more often than not? As teachers why do you think we have to be so careful? Are we more careful than other professions? Why or why not?