(For all I know, similar requests, with attractive guys, are being sent to women.) Once you accept their friend request, they gain access to a lot of information about you, to be used for who knows what purpose.And once you've accepted the friend request, they get access to all your friends, so they can send these requests to all your friends, and the page will note that the requestee has a friend in common, increasing the chance the requestee will accept the request. Then a few days later I got another friend request.
Video calling support has also been added to several popular instant messaging programs. Software is available to allow PC-connected cameras to watch for movement and sound, a computer e-mailed images of the burglar during the theft of the computer, enabling the owner to give police a clear picture of the burglar's face even after the computer had been stolen.
Unauthorized access of webcams can present significant privacy issues (see "Privacy" section below).
This generally happens to me about once every week or two -- the people are typically faculty or students in Third World countries, or strange motivational speakers and similar types whose pages show they have 3,000 Facebook friends.
The motivational speakers I just ignore, but otherwise I typically send people back a message and ask them about themselves and why they friended me on Facebook.
Some of them, for example, those used as online traffic cameras, are expensive, rugged professional video cameras.
making them the lowest-cost form of videotelephony.
One such function has the webcam act as a "magic mirror" to allow an online shopper to view a virtual item on themselves.
The Webcam Social Shopper is one example of software that utilizes the webcam in this manner.
The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.