wormtongue - the original fake bloggerHmm…it turns out the “Gay” “Girl” In “Damascus” blog was none of the above. Reminds me of similar exposing fake blogger dramas. Whether it’s some pathetic need for attention or Munchausen syndrome by proxy, it’s at the very least annoying, at worst sickening. I guess I should feel blessed that I don’t feel the need to make up a fake persona and get attention for it. The trainwreck of a blog that you read here is what you get in real life too. I don’t have the time or energy to create a fake persona. It must be a lot of work and take a lot of energy to make a fake persona, and I’m too lazy for that.

I’ve encountered more than a few fake Twitter and/or Manhunt profiles lately too. The fake profiles tend to come in surges, are always insistent that I reply, and once I send my e-mail to correspond further the correspondence ends abruptly. It’s almost as if the messenger finally got what he wanted, as if the e-mail address was a piece of me and he now possesses it. Fucking wierdo. It happens somewhat regularly and I think it’s the same person – either the fake blogger mentioned above or this other creep who is truly stalking* me. I’m not sure which dude it is, but I recognize the same behavior patterns in each interaction with this guy. And if I ever find out who he is…well maybe not because if I beat the crap out of this person he’d probably like the attention, thus I would be giving him exactly what he craved, however brutal. The best reaction would be to walk away slowly, although exposing the fake usually gets them to knock it off. We discovered in exposing a fake blog that many people want badly to believe in, that some people refuse to let go of a lie they held on to for so long, and paint the inquisitor as the villian. Ya just can’t win…

Those of us who cut our teeth in the vicious arenas of the AOL chat rooms back in the 90s have a well-developed sensitivity for fake profiles and idenitifying fake pictures and such. I’d go into detail if there wasn’t so much that is simply intuitive in calling out fakery or otherwise hard to describe. Details in photos showing how dated they are. Speech/text patterns that don’t fit the purported age, and of course avoidance of actually meeting in person are a few of many tip-offs.

* Actual creepy please go-away-to-jail stalking, as opposed to just saying hello to someone in DC and they get all bent out of shape and frightened of you for saying hello stalking.

THIS JUST IN: Another fake blogger dude pretending to be a lesbian.

6 Comments

  1. brettcajun says:

    I held off commenting because I didn’t wanna look like a stalker that wants near your fire crotch. Yet again, I’ll go ahead and comment first. LOL.

    It is VERY easy to spot a fake person on the internet. If they have a picture, it is usually only one or two pictures. If they never put up new pics or vids of themselves, they are probably fake. If no one has ever met them in person (their readers or FB friends), then they are probably fake. If they can’t take a new pic of themselves with their phone, cam, or whatever, they are probably fake. If they can’t get on Skype or Yahoo Instant Messenger (who doesn’t have a built in web cam nowadays?), they are probably fake. If they NEVER travel to meet anyone, they are probably fake.

    It’s really pretty easy to spot a fake person. Always trust your intuition.

  2. Moby says:

    I’m going to disagree with Brett (as usual), it’s not always easy but over time it does come out. I consider myself a pro at spotting fakes and even i’ve fallen for one before. I have a couple right now that I have my doubts about. 😉 But rather than go on a witch hunt I like to wait for the person to slip up and expose themselves.

    Funny you should mention Ao-hell, I agree whole-heartedly, The fakes were Legion and it was almost an art-form sorting thru them.

  3. jimbo says:

    On the other hand Brett, there are those bloggers with over 30,000 pictures of themselves and we are convinced (over and over and over again ad nauseum) that they are indeed for real, however messy.
    >; )

  4. brettcajun says:

    A romantic myth is NEVER worth more than the truth.

    Considering the amount of time and emotions we invest in others (real life and online), integrity and honesty count for something.

    For example, what if I wrote heartwarming stories and adventures of my pet Snuffleupagus? What if my readers fell in love with him? What if I then created a website dedicated to selling merchandise featuring my Snuffleupagus to raise funds for his care?

    Since EVERYONE has cameras, laptops, and cell phones with camera and video capability, shouldn’t I easily be able to prove his existence? Wouldn’t you expect me to?

    If you say “NO”, you obviously rather keep your blind faith intact and stay living in denial than face the truth that the stories are all bullshit. Poor you…

  5. homer says:

    I must be the only person who doesn’t have a webcam

  6. Blobby says:

    I’m just digging that you used a pic from ‘Lord of the Rings’. Fuck am *I* a geek. …and Brett has more pictures of me than I care to admit to.