I have legitimate followers even though I rarely look at Google+. know this because my blogs get posted there and I recognize followers names. I am not sure if I signed up for that or if it just happens automatically when you use a blogging platform.
I hesitate to label those whose names I do not recognize as illegitimate followers but it does amuse me that every once in a while I will get a notice that so and so followed me on Google+. Sometime I get a whole bunch of those notices at once. Sure, I would like to think my witty little jottings here are gaining recognition. However, I am more inclined to thing of the whole Google+ thing as an invitation to scammers.
It seems a lot of those who would follow also want to "chat on Hangouts." Chat about what exactly?
Lots of would be followers also seem to have two first names or two last names. Some even seem to be confused about the whole name thing.
- Williams harry
- Raymond william
- jeff William
- frank william
- Brown Jimmy
- Tony Steve
- Robinson Murphy
- Donald patterson wayne
- General Michael
- Naval Architect
- gorge richmond
- mackeykathy Dawn
Somehow these strike me as suspicious names. I did not make up any of them.
Then there's Johnathon Louis and Eric Frank. They look exactly alike! Imagine. I suppose they could be identical twins who happen to eschew using their true last name and always go by first and middle, but I doubt it.
Then there is the unsettling preponderance of high ranking military officials on the list. There are a few with white lab coats and stethoscopes slung around their necks. Military officers and medical doctors -- exactly the type of people I picture having the time and inclination to chat with total strangers on Hangouts.
It's so sad that there are people out there willing or reduced to taking advantage of others.