A couple of months ago I wrote a post about a social networking site I hadn't heard of before called MyLife. Because my information was in the address book of an acquaintance, I was allegedly "friended." I didn't act on it & I later learned from the same acquaintance that she hadn't actually sent or authorized the email. In fact, the attempt was the result of a virus so I dodged a bullet. MyLife has long been associated with viruses according to information online including reliable sources like Snopes.
Your Identity Sold For A Price
In the last month I have noticed that my earlier post has garnered a lot of interest so recently I decided that some follow-up was in order. I found some alarming news about the site. According to Flip The Media, while it is indeed a very real social networking site, it is also something else. Formerly known as reunion.com, a site well reviewed as a major scam, it is a social aggregator collecting people to its site with all the personal information it can possibly gather, it sells off that information to anyone willing to pay the price. Since it's an actual site, I thought that this is probably disclosed but tucked away somewhere in the legal mumbo jumbo every site makes you agree to before joining. However, when I checked Wikipedia I discovered what while they *promise* to respect your privacy, they view promises the way one of Russia's best lnown revolutionaries Vladimi Lenin did, which is that they believe that "[promises] are like pie crusts & therefore made to be broken." Not only do they reveal private information but are also known to engage in email spoofing [aka "phishing"]. Bottom line: I'd personally view it more like the "dysfunctional relation" to sites like Facebook & Twitter so "buyer beware" because MyLife makes a profit from selling your life.
PS. Based on further examination, I would put Classmates. com in the very same category as MyLife which is a social networking site with a heavy emphasis on profiting from you [legitimately or not] while providing you with very real privacy concerns, phishing, & email scams as a result.