Friday, April 24

Catfish & Online Identity


I think this is probably one of the oddest blog posts that I've ever written or will ever write...
For anyone that doesn't know about 'catfishing' (as defined by Urban Dictionary or as seen on the MTV show, Catfish), this is when:

" A Catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances."

So, why am I bringing this up? Seems a lil random, huh?


Well this week I've received a few emails from men in America who have been misled into thinking that I'm actually a girl called 'Bri'. My photos had been taken from my blog, without my permission and used by someone else pretending to look like me...
These men found me and emailed me their stories once they had tracked down my blog using Google search on the images after being in a 'relationship' with this girl for months.
Obviously my first reaction was shock, then really creeped out, and then I felt sorry for the poor guys that had been led on to believe that I was "the girl of their dreams"

I'm not angry at the girl, nor am I looking to name and shame, but the reason that I'm writing this is to highlight to all the people and bloggers out there the issue of the internet.
It's scary to think that people can so easily take what's yours when you put it online for good intention, and change its meaning and image into something foreign. 

So, this isn't an attempt to 'prove my identity', (I know I'm real. I wake up to my reflection every day for Christ's sake) nor am I going to say anything malicious towards the person who took my image, but what I will say is this:

To the multiple men who have been misled; I'm sorry you have had this ordeal, I really am and I hope that no one else is misled by my pictures being taken. 

To the girl involved, I wish you well and I hope that you'll stop taking my image as your own; these photos were put online for a fun, personal and lifestyle blog to document my student years after all.

 And to my fellow bloggers, just beware. The internet is more interconnected than you will ever believe.


Have a good weekend everyone.
Emily xx
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6 comments

  1. Goodness, that's so weird, Emily. I'd be pretty freaked out. Well done for highlighting this too.
    Rachel x
    PS. For anyone else who hasn't met Emily, I can confirm she is a real person :)

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  2. That's so weird, it would have really freaked me out!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  3. Tell me about it!! Scary to think someone would do something like this isn't it?! xx

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  4. Haha thanks Rachel! I'll get them to give you a bell for any clarification that I do indeed, exist! xx

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  5. That's quite intense! Take care always :)


    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  6. This is such a crazy story Emily! I hope you are feeling okay afterwards - how do you find out these things if people never bring it to your attention though? Love Sophie xxx


    www.fashionnomads.com

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