(which in the 2010s seemingly makes no business sense) continue to search for human users to visit their dead. This is the result of the chatroom’s success –a bot-pocalypse, whereby individual humans have been extinguished from a social environment after its popularity.
Bots, spam, scams follow success, and over-population in the past has led to a flight from the chaotic environment, to other social spaces, a result similar to what Virginia Heffernan describes as “suburbia” with respect to regulated app culture, but which could easily be applied to the flight from pre-web 2.0 social spaces to the structure of Facebook (or, more recently, from Myspace to Facebook). The bots are all that’s left as proof of a social space’s former glory; picking apart what’s left of the chat carrion.
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.
Now, one is forced into publicizing all, defining identity by the number of friends, likes, reblogs, and activities (activism) –we must all act as our own PR agents, releasing press releases on our own behalf.
This is the result of share-all philosophy, which paradoxically loses the individual in the process.
Yet now we are asked to do the same as , with real friends and acquaintances.