My name is Kristin Shotwell and my identity has been stolen… on Tinder.
Let me give you the story… I was walking back from class and one of my friends stops me and says, “Oh my gosh, Kristin I have the funniest story to tell you!” Thoughts of what the hilarious story could actually be are running through my head as I curiously wait to hear what is about to ensue. “So, my friends and I were in Athens this weekend and we were on Tinder just messing around and a girl named Kim with all of your pictures showed up! It was crazy. We took a screenshot of it, I’ll have to send it to you.”
Of course, I laughed because the initial thought of the someone stealing your pictures online is kind of funny, right? It was for me, until I began walking home thinking about the situation.
I don’t have a Tinder, nor will I probably ever get one in my near future. For those of you unfamiliar with this social application it is the newest “dating app” that has been taking college campuses by storm across the United States. It uses your geographic location to find other Tinder users near you to potentially match with, if they are in your designated radius.
Later that day, I told some friends about this incident and received the screen-shotted bio page of this fake person disguising as myself. The idea of someone posing as me on the Internet, let alone a dating site, began to really creep me out. Especially because there are 5 or 6 photos of me on this profile, including the one below.
For those who know me, this would not be my Tinder bio. My name is Kristin, I do not have an addiction to chocolate (more like salty snacks). I do love the beach though – touché Kim. Recently 21 years old, I’m not quite tired of the bar scene. You really don’t have to earn much from me (stop trying to be sassy, Kim). And, I’m currently dating a Philadelphia native, so I don’t know if I could agree with the southern boy statement. But, to each his own, Kim.
I learned that to register for Tinder, you sign in using your Facebook login so that the information and pictures on your Facebook profile link to your Tinder profile. From there, you can choose which pictures are displayed from your Facebook profile on your Tinder account for other users to see. So, yes, if you were wondering there is a fake Facebook account with all of my pictures on it as well.
To make things difficult, of course my friends did not match with this “Kim” because they were freaked out about it. So, I have no way of finding this person all the way in Chapel Hill. This is where I need your help.
Because of this incident, I plan on writing my final paper for my JOMC240 class, in which we discuss the future of mass communication and media, about my stolen virtual identity, online privacy and security. My professor told me to try to find this “Kim” to make for a better story before contacting Tinder to take down the profile, because it would be far more entertaining to confront this person about stealing all of my pictures than to simply delete the account. And, I agree.
I NEED YOUR HELP. Please like, share, email and comment this story or tell friends in Athens, GA to be on the lookout for this “Kim” user. If found, please match with her and get the Facebook name for the account so that I can target the individual who is posing as me online and confront him/her/it. “Kim” was found within an 80 mile radius from Athens, GA. If you are reading this and just so happen to live in Athens, or within 80 miles of the area, get to searching on Tinder. I know that this is a long shot, but if we could locate this impostor I could salvage my virtual identity and school my final paper. I’ll keep you updated, comment on the blog or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you find any more details. Thank you in advance for the support, friends.