Twitter Account @NeedADebitCard Wants You Guys to Stop Instagramming Pics of Your Debit Cards
Oh, Twitter, you so fiscally irresponsible and demonstrating poor security judgement when using Instagram to share images of your debit cards.
Instagram brings out the overshare in many people, perhaps feeling emboldened by the scant privacy afforded by a filter — and Twitter account @NeedaDebitCard is retweeting every instance of a logic-impaired Twitter user posting an image of their sensitive banking information to the microblogging service.
It’s difficult to settle on one feeling when looking at the @NeedaDebitCard page — on one hand, you almost feel sorry for people, getting their financial information aggregated to a page without their consent. On the other, it’s publicly available information — in fact, it’s information they put out into the public sphere, perhaps not realizing that an image of their debit card is as good as someone having possession of their debit card for many applications.
With a bump to the @NeedaDebitCard account on BoingBoing, chances are all the people who used Instagram or Twitpic to upload an unobscured image of their credit and debit (or in one case, Victoria’s Secret) cards to Twitter have been informed multiple times that they need to immediately cancel those cards, and in the future will be smart enough to tweet only about the receipt of a new debit or credit card.
Or maybe not. We anticipate that even if the @NeedaDebitCard account gains many followers and goes more viral than the Bed Intruder guy, there will still be a bunch of Twitter users every day who insist on posting pictures of their shiny new plastic to Twitter.
So don’t do that, you guys. Facebook either. Or Instagram. In fact, you should probably refrain from taking pictures of your credit and debit cards at all, and if you do, don’t post the hell out of them to the internet.