Your Internet Boyfriend Might Be a Robot

Which would be worse: finding out that Jayden — your dreamy heart gif-inducing cyberboyfriend with the Bieber hair — is actually a seriously disturbed middle aged woman from the next town over OR discovering that your perfect e-man, the one who just seems to get you, is actually a social computer program designed to… » 8/12/13 12:50pm 8/12/13 12:50pm

Writer Goes on Stalker-y Mission to Track Down the Women in Twitter…

There are a lot of personages floating around social media sites, a disconcertingly significant number of them with no more life or substance than a discarded shell whose hermit crab tenant abandoned it a long time ago. These "bots" are used to help athletes and celebrities bolster their Twitter accounts, or trick lonely … » 8/07/12 11:55pm 8/07/12 11:55pm

Facebook Is a Great Place to Network with People Who Don't Exist

The other week, I got a random Facebook friend request from a suspiciously modelesque shirtless dude who sent me a message that read "I wish to accept friendship." We had no friends in common. My coworker Dodai got a similar request with the same message but from a totally different person. Were we among the chosen few… » 8/02/12 6:00pm 8/02/12 6:00pm