While I hope to eventually talk on my radio show, radio.abirato.info, with ALL my commenters on this blog – I may have a problem getting through to the the sockpuppets:
According to an embedded MS Word document found in one of the HBGary emails, it involvescreating an army of sockpuppets, with sophisticated “persona management” software that allows a small team of only a few people to appear to be many, while keeping the personas from accidentally cross-contaminating each other. Then, to top it off, the team can actually automate some functions so one persona can appear to be an entire Brooks Brothers riot online.
Short of talking via skype to all of my listeners, how do I know who’s real and not real? That’s why analyzing your stats or social media reports is probably useless.
The biggest message you should take from this is that the line between reality and virtual media is moving closer and closer to virtual. As soon as the can get virtual humans moving and talking on video we’re done.