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Who Says Money Can't Buy Friends?

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the beyond-pathetic dept.

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Courtney5000 writes "It looks like some users of popular networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have stooped so low as to actually pay real money for friends. These friends aren't even real believe it or not. You can apparently choose from a selection of 'models' to leave you customized comments to look like you have friends and are popular online. This is unbelievable!"

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And how many here use myspace? (2, Insightful)

qwertyman66 (1005175) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047390)

This is one reason why many people don't use Myspace. Many of the people on it are pathetic and superficial.

Re:And how many here use myspace? (4, Interesting)

Salvance (1014001) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047492)

/. represents a relatively small, select group of people ... not at all indicative of the masses. MySpace and Facebook are hugely popular with the general population, and in particular with high schoolers and college kids. Most adults would consider this large segment of the population "superficial", so it stands to reason that a good social networking site would mirror its userbase's traits.

But what social networks do folks here use? Is there a good one that offers the benefits of a Facebook or Myspace, while being less superficial and spammy?

Re:And how many here use myspace? (5, Insightful)

lpcustom (579886) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047628)

This is our social network. Most of us, I would say, also use this old technology called IRC. To tell the truth. I'd rather talk to an eggdrop bot with a megahal script on IRC than to most of the real people on myspace.

Re:And how many here use myspace? (5, Funny)

daranz (914716) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047630)

Benefits of Myspace without being superficial and spammy? You mean about:blank?

Re:And how many here use myspace? (2, Interesting)

hnile_jablko (862946) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047678)

I dont know of any good social network site technically. A lot of /.ers like to criticise the status quo as much as possible so myspace is a frequent target. Now it is true, that myspace technically blows goats. And it is also true there are parasites of all sorts out there looking to make money or probe other people on myspace (this is true of the real world as well). But there is also security to keep these people away from you.Basically I use it because all my non-geek/non-nerd friends can use the site relatively easy.
I use the site because I move from country to country a lot. It is the best way for me to remain in a social group (albeit virtually) with my friends from home and the friends I have made elsewhere. All my friends have their pages setup to not accept messages unless the person can enter my friend's real name or email address when prompted. So it its what you are willing to allow people and be a particpant on myspace which reveals a lot about you on the site... and people understand that others are lonely and desperately want to be popular. Its an unfortunate fact which never changes regardless how old we get. Some of us mature out of this and some do not. I would like to think I am one of those who have matured(until I see Natalie Portman has a new film released when i become a stupid stalker man again.... : )) Just my 2p.

Re:And how many here use myspace? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047682)

I use a social network that I call 'my life'.

On the computer my social networking is probably limited to playing Counter-Strike.

Actually, only kidding, I have a deviantArt account, but I got that for somewhere to put my pictures online somewhere where I could get critique on my photos, and show that I could show them to my real friends, not really for making new friends. In fact I just find it a hassle trying to keep up with people on sites like deviantArt - even though I met my girlfriend there ;)

Re:And how many here use myspace? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047694)

/. represents a relatively small, select group of people
Tell that to all who have ever been slashdotted.. ;P

Re:And how many here use myspace? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047820)

If you are over thirty and have a My Space account you are probably a pedophile.

Re:And how many here use myspace? (3, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048032)

If you are over thirty and have a My Space account you are probably a pedophile.
Yeah right! After looking with my daughter on MySpace, you are telling me that Tony Hawk is a pedophile, Wierd Al Yankovic is a Pedophile and Michael Jackson is a .... Oh wait....

Re:And how many here use myspace? (5, Insightful)

lav-chan (815252) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047926)

But what social networks do folks here use? Is there a good one that offers the benefits of a Facebook or Myspace, while being less superficial and spammy?

Yeah: Facebook or Myspace.

Translation: DON'T ASSOCIATE WITH SUPERFICIAL PEOPLE AND YOUR MYSPACE EXPERIENCE WILL REFLECT THAT

I don't know why this is such a difficult concept for people on Slashdot to grasp. It is barely any different from real life. Every day, at the grocery store, at your job, at school, at church, there are people all around you who are superficial or otherwise undesirable to you. The entire world we live in is like that. The trick is that you don't fucking hang out with people like that. Problem solved.

If you don't like 'emo' kids, don't add any to your friends list. If you don't like 'whores', don't add any to your friends list. If you don't like teen-agers in general, don't add any to your friends list. Your experience on MySpace will be interesting and constructive if you surround yourself with interesting and constructive people.

In the end you may have some other reason for disliking MySpace, of course, but the Slashdot line that MySpace is populated solely by angst-ridden uneducated children is bull shit. You would have the same impression of Earth if you were looking at it from the outside. But if you actually use the superior intelligence that you imply you possess, you will discover that there are many people on MySpace who do not fit your caricature.

Or, you know, you could just use it to communicate with people from real life, the way i and everybody else i know do, and not even worry about how the rest of the world behaves on MySpace.

Re:And how many here use myspace? (3, Funny)

Xyrus (755017) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047546)

"This is one reason why many people don't use Myspace. Many of the people on it are pathetic and superficial.

And I will give you may absolute full and undying support....for $19.95.

~X~

Re:And how many here use myspace? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047654)

Mod parent up. Only $5.

Re:And how many here use myspace? (1)

Skater (41976) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047616)

I thought I'd never do it, but I now have a Myspace account. Despite having my own domain name and all sorts of pages set up there, I've found that, even at my age (31), you pretty much have to have a Myspace account when dating, so you can see their pictures and all. I finally gave in and created an account.

On the plus side, yesterday I got a message from a guy I haven't seen or heard from since high school, which is pretty cool. Through him, I found another friend from HS that I lost touch with, too.

My usual complaints still apply though: bad web designs abound. One page I saw yesterday had a brightly-colored vertical striped background that made the text nearly impossible to read. Music and videos automatically playing (the option to turn them off doesn't seem to work for me). And so on.

Now, paying for friends? Whaaaaaat? I guess some people see having a lot of friends on Myspace as a measurement of their worth or something.

I don't need friends... (5, Funny)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047396)

...But I really need good slashdot karma ;)

Re:I don't need friends... (5, Funny)

Grr (15821) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047594)

Finally a chance to turn my mod points into cold hard cash, how much are you offering? ;)

Re:I don't need friends... (5, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047600)

YOU could have excellent Karma Today!

Mail me your Username & Password & for only one fee of $10, I'll post under your name until you have better karma.

Just send an e-mail to Slashdot_Karma@SpamBob.net or we can discuss payment in your journal once you've e-mailed your username:password.

TubeSteak is like V1AGR@ for your Karma

Re:I don't need friends... (0)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047602)

I that case: stop making jokes and make insightful comments....

Funny mods are a curse: your post gets more visible, but you don't get any karma for them. However, because your post is now more visible the odds are that some humourless dolt mods you "Overrated" which ensures you lose karma. I like being funny on slashdot as the next guy, but you do it for the sake of humour, not for getting karma.

Re:I don't need friends... (1)

packeteer (566398) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047728)

This is bad karma overall for slashdot for posting sucha blatent advertsement for a site that has not even caught on yet. Part of the whole catching on plan fo rthis site is the slashdot clicks. Sad Sad Sad...

A treatment for depression? (0, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047400)

Sometimes when someone is down in the dumps, all it takes is the smile of a stranger to lift their spirits. I wonder if 'gifting' a friendship in this way could help someone who is suicidal.

Re:A treatment for depression? (4, Insightful)

Bob54321 (911744) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047442)

You really think that someone who is suicidal will have their mood bettered when they realize someone had to pay for them to have friends?

Re:A treatment for depression? (3, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047482)

I guess I wasn't clear enough. Since we're talking about MySpace users, I meant "I wonder if 'gifting' a friendship in this way could help push over the edge someone who is suicidal."

Re:A treatment for depression? (5, Funny)

goddidit (988396) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047494)

Yes. Please buy me a hooker so I don't kill myself.

Re:A treatment for depression? (1)

hclyff (925743) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047530)

Still better than taking your pet a hostage :p

Re:A treatment for depression? (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047534)

At least that would mean that someone cared about him, even if he used a very bad way of showing it.

I think this kind of fake friends will probably only be used in the "my blog has more visitors than yours" childish competitions that take place in every school today.

Re:A treatment for depression? (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048094)

or the "i have more hot friends on my top 8" battles that go on myspace EVERY DAY

Re:A treatment for depression? (4, Informative)

Salvance (1014001) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047528)

Huh? Why not just create a new user and befriend that person ... even if you had to pretend to be someone else it would be far better than paying for it. Heck, you could go on MySpace and just roam around for users with very few friends and befriend them to lift their spirits. Again, far more noble than paying for friends.

Re:A treatment for depression? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047792)

Oh. My. God. PLEASE tell me you are just a troll and don't actually buy into the crap you posted?

Just when you think a liberal can't suprise you....

Re:A treatment for depression? (1)

The_Mr_Flibble (738358) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047800)

If it was my friendship it would probably push them over the edge.

How is this different (4, Insightful)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047412)

How is it different from the "real life"? You are what you dress. You are what you consume. You are what you friends are. Unfortunatly in these days for many people you exist only in the eyes of the others. When other people stop looking and "admiring" you, you don't exist anymore.
So you are buying a new car today yop say? Do you **really** need it?

Re:How is this different (3, Insightful)

hclyff (925743) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047476)

Surely you are not saying that you can *pay* someone to be your friend (and still call it a friendship). If your friends judge you by car you drive, you might want to reconsider a few things in your life.

Re:How is this different (5, Funny)

4solarisinfo (941037) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047484)

"You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world."

Join Project Mayhem today!

Re:How is this different (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047994)

You're barking up the wrong tree, mister. Supposing Donald Trump wasn't a rich guy, but just a nobody who worked in your offie. Wouldn't you still want to hang out with him, just for his wit and charm?

Its not really unbelievable (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047418)

I would imagine a product like this would appeal to people in a vulnerable social setting, like teenagers. To be able to pay a modest amount of money to appear as popular, and thereby successful according to your peers definition, would be worth some money i can easily imagine as a parent and as a socialworker.

Re:Its not really unbelievable (1, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047736)

I would imagine a product like this would appeal to people in a vulnerable social setting, like teenagers.

      But teenagers don't have credit cards.

      "Dad, can I borrow your credit card to buy some fake friends for myspace?"

Re:Its not really unbelievable (1)

pahoran (893196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047908)

I know plenty of teenagers that "own" cell phones with monthly service charges. These same people have no jobs.

It could be from Japan and not unbelievable (3, Interesting)

slaida1 (412260) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047420)

All kinds of fake friend services are common. Nothing special there.

Re:It could be from Japan and not unbelievable (4, Funny)

FlopEJoe (784551) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047918)

Ya... it's like this escort service I use where they... err... nevermind.

Re:It could be from Japan and not unbelievable (5, Insightful)

Morphine007 (207082) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048082)

It's actually kinda funny; I've heard stories from a couple of people I work with who all know this one guy, let's call him Bob. Bob is military, and, like most military guys who love their job, doesn't have much time for women. So Bob hires a hooker once a week... it's the same hooker each time, she comes over after work and leaves in the morning. Bob pays her a bit extra to bring beer and pizza with her. The guy apparently always has a smile on his face and claims that it's cheaper than being married to a non-working housewife.... especially when you factor in that most people who know Bob personally are also military and have at least one divorce each under their belts. So paying for "friendship" isn't always as stupid as it sounds... some people just don't have time to forge the bonds that make the rest of us human... that doesn't mean they shouldn't have access to them.

I think what's more unbelievable is that..... (0, Flamebait)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047426)

....you think this is unbelievable. What do you expect from people using Myspace??

Re:I think what's more unbelievable is that..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047566)

I find that unbelievable.

Based upon the header (5, Funny)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047428)

I though it was another article on the MS/Novell 'agreement.'

Shhhh! (5, Funny)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047430)

You can apparently choose from a selection of 'models' to leave you customized comments to look like you have friends and are popular online.
One day the slashdot editors will figure out that we're all bots too, and the game will be over.

Re:Shhhh! (5, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047466)

Shhh! this is from the Bots Detection Bot. We don't want you to spread the word that all these posts are from bot. except for one poor sap who is actually reading this.
I shouldn't have said that. But I wasn't programmed with a backspace option.

Re:Shhhh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047524)

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Re:Shhhh! (1)

TuringTest (533084) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047666)

Well, I'm trying to do my best, but they haven't figured it yet.

Why is this "unbelievable", exaclty? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047432)

Even pathetic people have money.

For just 5 dollars... (5, Funny)

serialdogma (883470) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047438)

For the low price of just 5 USD, you can chose from our selection of highly praised slashdot users (some with only 3-digit UIDs) to friend you, please send payments to Ihavenofriends@slashdot.org

Re:For just 5 dollars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047870)

My AC days are over... I'm singing up right now!

Re:For just 5 dollars... (5, Funny)

grimJester (890090) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047948)

Just to prove you aren't scamming, could you have them mod this post +5 funny? No offense meant, I just want to make sure.

Buttplug (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047444)

That's what anyone who wastes their time on that pathetic site is...a fucking buttplug in the asshole of humanity.

Isn't this done already? (4, Insightful)

boatofcar (884925) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047446)

...America's fraternities and sororities were unavailable for comment.

Re:Isn't this done already? (4, Informative)

timtwobuck (833954) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047550)

As a disclaimer, the parent was most likely a joke, but I feel the need to interject because comments like this really piss me off...

As someone that pledged & joined a fraternity during my undergrad I take offense to your comments. I met many life long friends, and solidified many other relationships inside this organization. It taught leadership & management skills that certainly will become precursors to strong professional lives.

It is the habit of many people to comment on things they know nothing about; the popular saying is that people in fraternities and sororities really do pay for their friends. In reality, dues are paid to ensure that the organization can continue to function and remain an avenue for people to experience & meet new people, whom they traditionally would not have met.

Re:Isn't this done already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047646)

I met many life long friends, and solidified many other relationships inside this organization. It taught leadership & management skills that certainly will become precursors to strong professional lives.

Members of the Crips, Bloods and thousands of other gangs - including fraternities and sororities - all agree with you. Why even today, the leadership and management skills these gang members learned are evident throughout the US and Mexico.

The thing is, you would also have made life long friends, solidified other relationships, learned leadership and management skills etc etc etc, without having joined a gang.

Re:Isn't this done already? (2, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047704)

an avenue for people to experience & meet new people, whom they traditionally would not have met.

      (Emphasis mine)

      Why, are members of a frat/sorority prohibited from making friends with non members?

Re:Isn't this done already? (2, Informative)

timtwobuck (833954) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047766)

You're interpreting what I said incorrectly. Just by saying they traditionally would not have met doesn't mean they are forbidden. Without my fraternity, there are many people I would never have met because we were not involved in the same activies or the same circle of friends. Hence, my chances of meeting them and becoming friends was drastically lowered.

Re:Isn't this done already? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047788)

It is the habit of many people to comment on things they know nothing about; the popular saying is that people in fraternities and sororities really do pay for their friends. In reality, dues are paid to ensure that the organization can continue to function and remain an avenue for people to experience & meet new people, whom they traditionally would not have met.
So, basically, what you're saying is.. the underlying principal of your comment.. the very essence of the thing that you said just a moment ago... is that.. when you really get down to it.. some people really do pay for their friends?

Re:Isn't this done already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047864)

Dude, I'm sure there are nice people there, and if it worked for you that's great, but I met a lot of fakey guys and total jerks on frat parties... Same goes for the girls on those parties (though sorority girls seem different; maybe less focus on booze & getting laid big time there).

I have only one response to that... (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047950)

Phi Kappa Zing!

My$pace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047448)

If money can already buy companionship, this seems to be the next logical step.

Unbelievable? (3, Insightful)

jlower (174474) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047456)

This is unbelievable!

On the contrary, I'd say it was inevitable.

What's wrong with that? (3, Interesting)

Groo Wanderer (180806) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047458)

Teh weB2.0 is teh rox0r. It just goes to show the power of Web2.0 and it's ability to democratize formerly abstract concepts like friendship, then monetize them. What more can you ask for, you can already buy love in several US states and countries around the world.

        -Charlie

P.S. /. strips sarcasm tags. For the terminally holier-than-thou set, the above was indeed sarcasm.

Normal? (5, Interesting)

tsa (15680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047462)

Fake your Space says (and I quote): "We understand that you want your friends to look as normal as possible and as far from fake as possible. I looked around in the Women and Men section, and I didn't see one normal looking person. Check out Molly for instance.

This website is a nice prank.

Re:Normal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047548)

I didn't get to Molly... I was stuck on Jamie.

Re:Normal? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047584)

This website is a nice prank.

      If you look closely a lot of the "different" models are repeated as well. Some even have the same clothes on, they just have a pic taken from a different angle.

I hear you, but it still may be for real.... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047732)

check out this site...

http://www.origamiboulder.com/ [origamiboulder.com]

As the saying goes, "there's a sucker born every minute"...and the web gives you access to just about all of them at once.

Re:Normal? (1)

gusmao (712388) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047842)

That's exactly what I was thinking, this site is a prank.

If you feel you need more good-looking friends in your profile, you can create fake profiles yourself with pictures of beautiful but regular people that you can easily find on the net. With a little extra-efford, you can link these people to other real profiles in MySpace and make them look credible.

Besides, your friends tend to look homogeneous, because you usually like people who think like you, enjoy the same activities, have the same tastes, etc. Nobody that knows you for real will ever believe that you are really friends with the people on the website (except if you look like them, which in this case you wouldn't be needing to pay to have them in your profile, anyway).

Re:Normal? (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048010)

Do not mock my photo-model friends!

Yes it can. (5, Informative)

mgblst (80109) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047468)

has anybody actually said that money can't buy you friends? I thought we all agreed that it can't buy you love, or happiness, but friends was still wide open. There was always one little rich kid at school who proved that you could, in fact, buy friends.

Re:Yes it can. (1)

Ronald Dumsfeld (723277) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047558)

You can't really buy friends until Apple sells them

The iFriends.

Re:Yes it can. (1)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047726)

I was friends with a kid on my street solely because he has the Death Star toy. It was sweet, fully equipped with a moveable wall for the trash compactor.

I grew out of being so materialistic.

Obvious answer (1)

rbarreira (836272) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047808)

That, of course, depends on your definition of "friend".

PS: Did you really need this answer to realize it?

Re:Yes it can. (1)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047914)

has anybody actually said that money can't buy you friends? I thought we all agreed that it can't buy you love, or happiness, but friends was still wide open. There was always one little rich kid at school who proved that you could, in fact, buy friends.

There is an old saying, "Money and success brings you many friends. Adversity tests them."

With regards to the original article, I like this one "A fool and his money are soon parted."

Re:Yes it can. (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048040)

Bill Gates has a wife, so that just leaves "happiness".

The Beautiful People (0, Flamebait)

onion2k (203094) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047480)

If good looking people were actually capable of being nice then this sort of thing would never happen. It's a shame that the so-called attractive members of our society are all vacuuous, dull imbeciles who can't compliment anyone who they deem to be less socially acceptable than they are. I hate those people.

PS. I'm being mean because I'm so damn handsome.

Re:The Beautiful People (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17048044)

I'm being mean because I'm so damn handsome.

I endorse your statement.

not that unbelievable (5, Funny)

DreadfulGrape (398188) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047488)

People have paid for sex for thousands of years. Pathetic as it may seem, why is it surprising that they'd pay for cyber-friends as well?

Re:not that unbelievable (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047656)

It is similar only on the surface.
Most people using professional sex services do this to try to fullfil physical needs because they have no better way available to do so, some because of their lonelyness, other because their official relation is now just a sad joke. Yes, it is pathetic, but it is something I can understand.
This service, on the other hand, is pointless unless you actually have friends to impress in the first place, so it is just similar to what ringtones vendors or gold farmers can sell you: a way to look cool.

Re:not that unbelievable (1)

calculadoru (760076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047796)

People have paid for sex for thousands of years. Pathetic as it may seem, why is it surprising that they'd pay for cyber-friends as well?

Well. Paying for sex gets you laid, while paying for fake friends is more like masturbation. Which has been always been free.

Re:not that unbelievable (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047824)

Because as we all know, the money would be a lot better spent on sex..

Re:not that unbelievable (2, Insightful)

misanthrope101 (253915) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048076)

If I really have to explain why paying for a blowjob from a live girl (dead girls aren't any good, though I guess they're cheaper) is different from paying for fake friends on a website intended to impress people you'll never meet are not even closely related, then something is really wrong here.

New Slogan (4, Insightful)

PeeAitchPee (712652) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047502)

"Fake Your Space -- A Place For Posers"


Seriously, how is this different than gamers buying virtual goods with real-life money?

Re:New Slogan (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047538)

Um, are you asking what the difference between people and virtual goods is?

Weird Al didn't need to buy friends.... (4, Funny)

hoy74 (1005419) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047542)

He had a pimped out myspace because he was white and nerdy though.

A Fictional Situation. (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047556)

A Fictional Situation.
Location a 8th Grade class in a computer room.
Dude B: Dude, you have no friends you are a complete loser!
Dude A: No way I have ton a friends let me show you.
(Dude A opens his MySpace Page)
Dude A: See all the friends I have!
Dude B: Oh I See I guess you are cool after All.

In real life there Dude B wouldn't care. In all this effort to make yourself seem cool the best you can do is make yourself as part of the crowd. So stop trying to be cool it takes to much effort just try to blend in and you are all set.

Re:A Fictional Situation. (4, Funny)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047674)

In real life there Dude B wouldn't care. In all this effort to make yourself seem cool the best you can do is make yourself as part of the crowd. So stop trying to be cool it takes to much effort just try to blend in and you are all set.
If he really wanted to be cool, he would have taken up smoking.

Re:A Fictional Situation. (5, Insightful)

wiz31337 (154231) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047920)

I guess times have changed... In 8th grade, if I would have logged into a *computer* to show someone all of my "friends" I would have gotten a smacked upside the head, laughed at and then promptly called a nerd.

What?!?!?! (3, Funny)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047564)

So you mean all those myspace friends requests I keep getting from scantily clad women are really my friends taking sympathy on me and trying to buy me friends? :(

Geez! What's next? (2, Funny)

PsyQo (1020321) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047586)

Geez! What's next? Paying for live sex on the internet? Oh wait...

Already Been Done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047620)

This concept isn't new. Fraternities and Sororities serve the same function. You pay them, and they'll be your friend.

Courtney5000 is right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047650)

I've known her since elementary school. She wouldn't lie about these things. Great pal.

What's the point in that? (3, Funny)

WhitePanther5000 (766529) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047676)

It's like buying a prostitute that won't put out...

Real friends (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047680)

Real friends cannot be bought for money
Real friends cannot be bought for gold
Real friends aren't something you buy
For them, job, fame and wealth equals zero.

(Translated from a danish song).

Just the thing for parents (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047708)

Now all they have to do is whip out that credit card to get junior or little susie some new popularity! Or just get them some superficial attention from their friends. "Dude, how did that dork get with all of those hot chicks?!" Ah, more whitewashing of problems...

what's wrong ... don't like the "fee market"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047724)

these days everyone knows that good management is doing evil to make money

yet another amazing ethical achievement that's made us americans so proud

hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17047780)

FINALLY!!

Of course money can buy Friends (5, Funny)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047806)

All 10 seasons are on DVD.

You know you're a loser when... (1)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 7 years ago | (#17047966)

You know you're a loser when you stoop to doing something like this.

Cash for peerage / friends. (4, Funny)

davro (539320) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048024)

Cash for peerage sounds like something Tony Blair would be intrested in.

I don't get this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17048050)

...as an occassional user of myspace - friends convinced me to put a page up, i log into it maybe once a month and have maybe 9 friends, basically a myspace loser. One of the things I found I had to do was change my profile to say married rather than single, because I got barraged in a spam of desperately seeking something girls wanting to be my "friend" (there's no ego boost there, I have no picture of myself on it), maybe some were just porn sites or something, i don't know. But I wasn't on myspace to make brand new friends just to link up with my real life friends (maybe I missed the point of the site). Now why would someone need to pay someone to put comments on it? I'm under the impression you'll get a new "friend" a day if you put single in your profile.

lol (0, Offtopic)

moheezy (1032844) | more than 7 years ago | (#17048090)

lol.

That is all!
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