My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

Relevant links:

Archive

fakester genocide

In one of the responses to my survey today, i received a great note from someone bemoaning the “fakester genocide” on Friendster. S/he argued that it was through these fakesters that s/he found known (old and current) friends or familiar strangers. For hir, the primary use of Friendster is to connect with actual friends (and dating happens to be a fun side element).

Aside from the clear usage model for this user, i love the term “fakester genocide” in reference to the deletion of artificially generated characters. In my head, this truly conjures up an image of a child horrified of the genocide of the imaginary people, or the stuff animals.

Print Friendly

5 comments to fakester genocide

  • Liz

    Here’s another good story: I recently received a friend request from a fakester called TmJ. Who’s TmJ?:

    “I’m really quite useful; a built-in barometer of how fucking busy and stressed out you are. A handy, painful, inconvenient reminder of the stupid way you’re living your life. But I mean, really, if you’re not accomplishing all your goals RIGHT NOW, you honestly have no right to make out without worrying about whether or not your mouth is gonna close. I’m just the enforcer of that principle. ”

    In this case, the fakester is a metaphoric representation of a personality trait shared by disparate friends connected over various social groups. I’ve tried casually to figure out who created TmJ; I know most of “TmJ’s” friendsters – so the creator must be someone fairly well embedded in my circle of high-anxiety, high-workload friends. I’m not sure I care. It’s enough to know that SOMEONE in my large group of friends wants to remind me that I get too stressed out and work too hard – like all my other friends.

  • Ororo

    I don’t appreciate having my picture taken down…

  • Hi Fakester,

    Add me as a friend.

  • Bob

    Maybe there’s some hope. Looks like someone is going to create a home for fakesters. Have you seen fakester.com. Looks like they’re launching soon.

  • Dodgeball’s advertising model

    Here’s a report on Dodgeball’s advertising model. I’ve been waiting to get the facts and now I have them. Congrats to Dennis et al. Here’s ileechcowsdry’s post….. Dodgeball.com Advertising Platform I love the “engineering serendipity” promise of mobi…