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rustyspeidel If everyone were as vigilant as you, Snopes.com would be out of business. Yet, somehow they thrive. So amazing.
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ginidietrich rustyspeidel Exactly. That definitely wraps up everything Ive been trying to get at.
Im a tad bit disturbed at everyones "Not Me!" attitude while having no thought about everyone else who are less educated in these tactics. Domestic policies, marketing campaigns, and social opinions are swayed not by a few people, but by large groups.
Think your one voice can fight against a person running 25 personas? Do you have that much influence? How about 50 people running 25 personas each? Can you out influence 1250 people?
Knowledge is power. The more you teach others, the less power those who try to manipulate them will have.
rustyspeidel But information warfare works in such a way that you may not be the direct target, but just an intermediary. By engaging you, having you respond a few times, then following some of your followers, and continuing the slow tricking flow of misinformation. Some less savvy follower may look at their tweet stream, see that they tweeted with you, and follow them back. They now have a toe hold into your follower stream and have new targets.
Its great that everyone likes to say "it wont happen to me because I only ________" but what about your followers, friends and associates?
Its like saying "I dont have to worry about the sharks, because I know how to swim away from them. The rest of you are on your own."
rustyspeidel No, it wouldnt. What if the comments werent snarky. What if the posters names werent wierd. What if it was Adam Smith, from Cambridge, Mass. whos a post graduate student thats posting with ASmithMass as his name? What if he was posting what seemed like intelligent comments and questions to your post, blogs you read and conversing with people you follow on Twitter?
Trust is easier to build than you think.
rustyspeidel So, lets say (hypothetically) that it happens here. You see a new commenter, a link to their blog, twitter, etc and they disagree with whats being posted here. Slowly an influx of new posters with legitimate looking backgrounds start commenting here. From there, they begin engaging you on Twitter and your followers (by seeing who you tweet) some people begin to agree with them. They slowly start to manipulate the message they are sending. Some of your followers start to retweet their tweets and posts because theyve developed a rapport with these personas. Their message gets spread, they get new followers, and they wash, rinse, repeat.
This is how this works.
Howie, this not only can but does work. And its not just someone writing on "your blog" think of a much wider audience. Comments on CNN, Yahoo, NPR, Salon, Huffington Post to name a few.
It doesnt take much to side track or completely derail a conversation on an article and sway opinions. Just read any Yahoo! article and look at the comments. They get derailed rather quickly. Easy to draw attention away from the topic in the article by trolling with misinformation, flame wars, etc.
On top of this, Ive seen software requests for this where part of the request is that VPNs and a bank of IP addresses are furnished with the software so that if you were to look at the IP addresses of a number of those commenters, youd see them originating from locations around the world, even though its just one person.
Thats a pretty awesome idea Danny! Of course, it could also just be done using LiveStream if theyre gonna do that. Since it has a chat feature on it.
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