Someone asked me recently, “What exactly do you do, Michael?” I thought for a minute and then said, “Well, Joe, I help you stay away from Natsume Mikamoto Untayao.” It’s not as easy a job as you may think.
You see, Natsume is gathering friends on Facebook faster than dog poop gathers flies. And, many of her “friends” are quite influential. She’s quickly gained 763 of them on Facebook. Not that surprising, since Natsume certainly is attractive, which is about all she is willing to share on her Facebook Page.
A whole host of National Speakers Association members have chosen to “Friend” this young lady. The list includes both past and likely future presidents of that prestigious organization – David Newman, George Walther, Gina Carr, Ian Percy, Joe Callaway, Liz Weber, Mark LeBlanc, Mark Sanborn, Nikki Harris, Ron Karr, Sam Horn, Scott McKain, Scott Friedman, Terry Brock and others.
Of course, there really is no such person as Natsume Mikamoto Untayao, as so often happens with all of these social networking sites. Consider this young lady on Twitter, “Twitter Hashtags are Mishmash”.
In fact, there’s no trace of any of the names, Natsume Mikamoto Untayao (Cielo Kiato), anywhere on the web – except of course, on her Facebook page.
Now all of this is not as surprising as you may think. After all, the President of the United States is “Friends” with Mark Zuckerberg. What you need to keep your eye on, though, is if Mark were ever put in charge of, oh say, Homeland Security. Then it might be a good idea to get out your northern Idaho maps and start looking for some land.
Yes, recently we’ve identified tons of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook sleazebags and dipsydoodles right here on this stage (er, blog).
And, we have a perfect record. Despite duly reporting all of these folks internally to those companies (and writing about them in our widely read blog – choke, choke) not a single one of our featured spammers has yet to be ousted from Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
Worrisome? Yes, because as we’ve reported over and over, this is how you get not just spam, but those wicked computer viruses that infect your computer – and your friends’ computers, too.
You don’t need much help to find criticism on our blog of Mark Zuckerberg or warnings of the dire results of being friends with everyone, but here are two – “Facebook Virus – Sent to You by Your (Innocent) Friends” and “With Friends Like That…”
What Did the Speakers Say?
We asked almost all of Natsume’s speaker “friends” what was up with her. Not a single speaker knew her, of course. Most, like former NSA President Mark Sanborn, said that Natsume just “slipped through,” which is certainly reasonable.
A few more, like George Walther and Sam Horn, said that they approve most all friend requests, because it could be someone who has read one of their books, or attended one of their speeches. George and Sam’s responses are reasonable, too.
However, it does point out one of the few good things that Facebook has been doing recently. They’ve created business pages. That way, you can actually keep your “friends” as real friends and re-direct your “fans” to the “LIKE” button on your official business page. We’ll check with George and Sam and see if this helps them with their readers and fans.
Leave it to former NSA President (don’t you like the way we drop names in this blog?!!) Scott Friedman to present us with a pretty much unsolvable issue. Scott speaks frequently all over the world, but very often in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Hong Kong. He’d be challenged to isolate the “fake” friends like Natsume from the real ones from those countries.
We’ll have to get back to you on that one, Scott.
If Everyone Else Jumped Off a Cliff?…..
For the rest of you – just because a lot of prestigious speakers are following someone, that doesn’t mean you should, too. And, never, never just approve everyone who follows you (and don’t let your daughter do it either), “Scare the Facebook Out of You.”
Oh, and by the way, all of our speaker friends “unFriended” Natsume after we warned them. There’s a story about a starfish around here, somewhere…….
So, Joe, back to where we started. What do I do? I try to make sure that when it comes to social media you are armed and thus, not dangerous.