AOL seems to have invented a whole new way to annoy us all with advertisements: injected AIM buddy bots! Yes, it’s another way that social networking companies are annoying the very users they (supposedly) covet!
Last month it was McLovin12Four, a buddy bot that apparently had little to say but was a paid advertisement for the December 4th DVD release of Superbad. Get it – 12Four? But only someone who had seen the (pretty funny) movie would catch the McLovin reference…
Well, today my (gtalk) buddy list was invaded by “Liv Greene“, a shill for the web site, Greenopolis. And check out the astroturf-with-a-hammer campaign on AOL’s bot page! Way to get your bot ranked number one!
I’m so sick of this. Note to all social network providers: Never inject a new “friend” into my network without my consent.