Ever heard of cyber bullying? I hadn’t either until yesterday. I guess it’s all over the news, but I don’t read that kind of stuff. I’m sure I saw a headline titled “cyber bully” and I immediately closed the window. But I guess it is a very real problem that has actually resulted in suicides. Hardly the kind of thing you normally think of when you are thinking of web applications but there you have it - the web can kill you. So apparently there is a new reputation service called GORB that takes this principle and tries to capitalize on other people’s misery. Unlike most reputation services it doesn’t bother verifying if the results are real or not (not sure how they deal with libel suits, but I’m sure it will happen sooner or later). I had to do everything in my power NOT to post this about the founder, Leonard Boord:
Meh, never liked the guy. He acts so proud of himself over this stupid business, he pretty much pisses off all his employees with the five finger discount with the corporate coffers and furthermore I don’t like the way he treats his significant other. If she were my sister I don’t know what I’d do - it wouldn’t be pretty, but Tijuana call girls are no substitute for love. Anyway, it’s not my place to say, I’ve just never gotten along with him. I just hope he gets clean soon, that stuff will kill you.
Alas, I didn’t post it, despite my incredible urge to mess with the system. But I’m sure there will be a number of people with less willpower who create havoc for otherwise innocent people. I wonder how long it will take for something like this to get shut down. Ultimately, it represents similar issue as don’t date him girl that allows people to post anonymously and obviously disparaging things about people on the Internet without their knowing. Think of the Internet as the new place to air your dirty laundry, even if it’s not really true. Fun stuff.