Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I believe everything I read

Or at least, I'd like to be able to! That's why I get upset when people post their net worth on NetWorthIQ.com. I am sitting here at home, diligently working on my finances or at work, updating by budgetting spreadsheet and then I find out that Kira2001 or CatLover44 or BurnThruCash has a net worth that dwarfs mine by about 400k. And that is annoying.

I don't begrudge people their money or their net worth. Heck, my household net worth is doing well as of december, (up over 20k), which
is a significant improvement over last month. But the fact of the matter is this: NetWorthIQ is misleading. It is a great site for people that really want to track their net worth over time, but the searches that return sparse amounts of what I think are slanted and inaccurate sets of data are annoying.

When I put my info into the site, I want to compare myself with people who are using the site the same way I do: diligently each month. When I compare myself with people who are doing something that is totally different, either faking their information or entering their information just once (usually based on imaginary figures), you know that the person doesn't care. I just wish there was a way to "filter out" the casual or unrealistic users from the real ones.

Does anyone else get annoyed at these "sharing" / "social" sites or is it just me?

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