I remember a time when the Internet of the ‘90s was filled with various spaces of sociality, catering to specialized categories and celebrities, likes and dislikes, somewhat chaotic and inundated with an overuse of graphics and early animation –it was a space to get lost in.
Users created and maintained identities with meaningful usernames and chat handles, or pseudonyms.
In fact, we failed it long ago: norbertogomezjr (4/4/2012 PM): are you a bot? a_strawberrygirl59214 (4/4/2012 PM): i cant open my cam here yahoo wont allow it cause its adult – but you can access it on my profile norbertogomezjr (4/4/2012 PM): I thought you weren’t a bot? a_strawberrygirl59214 (4/4/2012 PM): i cant open my cam here yahoo wont allow it cause its adult – but you can access it on my profile Last message received on 4/4/2012 at PM [A transcription of a Yahoo!
a_strawberrygirl59214 (4/4/2012 PM): wtf, im not a bot norbertogomezjr (4/4/2012 PM): i’m sorry. Chat between the author and chat-bot, April 4, 2012.] Sometimes the bots surprise me, as their responses and use of language is slowly updated by a mysterious figure: for example, I was once asked, “Who you callin’ a bot?
If their dialog, among other features, is so easy to single out, why bother? It may be that they continue to confuse and generate revenue from the few Yahoo! Another possibility, whether or not based in truth, is that these businesses being promoted no longer exist, yet their hordes of bots, let loose upon Yahoo!
These later social web platforms have taken the place of self-made homepages devoted to the individual.
No longer content to be members of specialized forums and bulletin boards, users opted instead for global citizenship featuring profile environments –the WWW’s version of a passport, or ID.
One can’t help but imagine bot-2-bot conversation, an endless loop of automated responses, ad infinitum.
It becomes blindingly clear who is real and who is not based on various elements of the both the user’s chat handle as well as their vernacular.Using auto-response, the bots are subject to well-defined algorithms, rules of sociality and expected reactions, even when no one is there.