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Um, hi? Do I know you? - dorsetgirl
May 20th, 2009
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Um, hi? Do I know you?
I just got friended by someone I've never heard of. This does happen occasionally, but this one doesn't belong to any communities, has no public entries on their journal, no interests listed, and I've never heard of any of their other friends. Except for the one which is my totally private journal that only one person in the world knows is me and no-one else ever reads. And that scares the shit out of me.

Oh, and the bio is written in cyrillic script. Advice, anyone?

Of course, if you're reading this, new friend, perhaps you would be friendly enough to introduce yourself.


ETA: Right, now that's seriously weird. This entry has received fourteen hits in the past couple of minutes, from loads of places I've also never heard of. Normally I get just friends, or comms' friends-pages.





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From:jayb111
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
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If it's in Cyrillic, it's a bot. There are a lot of them around, I've had a few of these 'mystery friendings'. There's somewhere on lj you can report them, but they generally disappear again after a few days.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:May 20th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
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it's a bot

Hmm, I thought as much, but wasn't at all sure how worried I should be. I've now reported it on the special page, so we'll have to see.

Very odd, though, about all the other visitors all of a sudden.
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From:samueljames
Date:May 20th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
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I got one of these and reported the bot but it's still there. I checked their friends list and they seemed to have friended a few people replying to writer's block postings. It's a bit weird, wondering how they tracked you down though.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:May 20th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Even weirder is the fact that I now realise that DG hasn't actually been friended - it's only my very private journal that has. But it's this DG post that's suddenly getting lots of unknown visitors.

As to how they tracked down that account - it's listed as a friend on ONE journal in the entire world, (and it's not one of mine!) so I've written to that person to inform them of what's happened.

I have reported it as a bot (I feel sort of sorry for nervous, socially-inept Russian LJ-ers) and we shall see.
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From:samueljames
Date:May 20th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
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That seems even creepier. I could understand if you were regularly posting fics and they joined one of your communities but it would make me a bit freaked. I found you through LOM fics but it's weird if someone friends you with no mutual interests.
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From:nepthys_uk
Date:May 20th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
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There are bots around at the mo - I've been friended by no less than 6 today. I generally ignore them and they eventually get deleted.
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