How do you know if someone’s online profile is real?The question has plagued us for some time now, but it’s become increasingly problematic as vast swatches of the mainstream of society goes online and joins a social network, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, or whatever. One of the ways celebrities who arrived early on Twitter verified their profile was to Twitpic themselves in front of their Twitter profile.
Update: I wasn’t previously aware of Validize which is more aimed at bloggers, but is an interesting contrast.
I based my six “fake” profiles in different locations so I wouldn’t get too much of a crossover on the search criteria, but I used the same personal profile each time, only changing the type of person I was looking for according to my picture.
This is the busiest time of year for the internet dating industry, as singletons try to find a date in time for Valentine’s Day.
A recent study revealed that the right photo will help you land you the right man so single mum and Your Life columnist Siobhan Mc Nally, 44, decided to test out the look of love..
In fact, the site says over 80% of online daters have suspected that the profile images being used online are fakes and over a third have actually discovered that a person’s identity does not match that of their online persona. And what I don’t get is why they can’t apply a facial recognition technology to this process or perhaps crowd-source it – because having humans checking profile does not scale.But Way insists that they “have an incredibly efficient back end” that takes on average 20 seconds to verify a photo, and that other facial recognition technologies are not up to the job yet.