Category: The Shadows of the Internet

The Facebook Bot

Last night, at around twenty minutes to midnight, this blog had a visitor. There’s nothing really very strange about that. It happens from time to time. This visitor spent the next five hours having a jolly good look around, which has also been known to happen. The strange thing is, I’ve never seen this visitor before and I’ve been writing and running blogs (a lot of blogs) for a quite some time now and you do get to know the people who come and visit versions of your digital self.

The new visitor was a Facebook bot.

In fact it was a number of Facebook bots.

Now, bots, spiders, crawlers and the-what-not aren’t new, obviously. Google bots regularly come and say “good day” as do a number of other digital creepy crawlies but I’ve never seen the Facebook Bot. Have you?

So, a big welcome to you Facebook bot, from all of me at the The Kaiser Rises. I only wonder if Microsoft and Bing know what you are up too?

Identity Is Prismatic

“The portrait of identity online is often painted in black and white,” Poole said. “Who you are online is who you are offline.” That rosy view of identity is complemented with a similarly oversimplified view of anonymity. People think of anonymity as dark and chaotic, Poole said.

But human identity doesn’t work like that online or offline. We present ourselves differently in different contexts, and that’s key to our creativity and self-expression. “It’s not ‘who you share with,’ it’s ‘who you share as,'” Poole told us. “Identity is prismatic.”

Read more here. Many thanks to Olaf for allowing me to post the image above.

Identity in the age of digital reproduction


If you are new here, you may wish to have a look at these posts.

I’d like to introduce you to the beginnings of the growing army of the army of me. It is an ever growing army of real names – my name. Here are some of me on google+. All on policy. Three real Marcus John Henry Brown’s.

I’d like to introduce you to a few versions of me that are currently living on Twitter. They actually live (are being informed) somewhere else but I’ll get to that later.!/MarcusJHBrown!/MetaMarcus!/tinmarcusbrown!/MarcusBrown10Wf!/MarcusBrown10wm

So with the acception of this blog, I’m beginning to automate myself within the social web. I’m using Philter Phactory’s wonderful plattform (none of the technology being used here was developed by any version of me – it was all developed and engineered by The Philter Phactory – many thanks to David and his team) to create this little army. I’m feeding my own persona into the weavrs’ system and mapping out my own personal history. The weavrs post, tweet, listen to music, check in to places and learn new skills. I’m currently running a series of 40 year old versions of myself that live in Munich here, here and here, as well a series of 10 year old versions of me living in Woolston (where I grew up in England). Here they are.

Each version of me has a slightly different state and publishes accordingly. You can ask all the versions of me questions too and we will try our best to answer.

All you have to do is send on of me a tweet or hit the “ask me” button on one of my weavr blogs. I should warn you that all of me are pretty snarky. Oh, and for those of you who think that klout and influence are important; if you think that you are defining your online presence/personality/identity through rankings etc, my army of me have klout scores too:

This is just the beginning. By the time I’m finished it will be impossible to tell the real Marcus John Henry Brown’s from the other Marcus John Henry Brown’s.  I’ll keep you up to date. Good afternoon.

The Fool

“In many esoteric systems of interpretation, the Fool is usually interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana is the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life and the main human archetypes. This path is known traditionally in Tarot as the Fool´s Journey, and is frequently used to introduce the meaning of Major Arcana cards to beginners.

In his Manual of Cartomancy, Grand Orient has a curious suggestion of the office of Mystic Fool, as a part of his process in higher divination. The conventional explanations say that The Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, depicting folly at the most insensate stage. When The Fool appears in a spread, he is a signal to strip down to the irreducible core, and interrogate whether the Querant’s self-vision is obscured. It may also be a warning that significant change is coming. Another interpretation of the card is that of taking action where the circumstances are unknown, confronting one’s fears, taking risks, and so on.”

The Tower

“… the Tower represents the paradigms constructed by the ego, the sum total of all schema that the mind constructs to understand the universe. The Tower is struck by lightning when reality does not conform to expectation.”

“… Others believe that the Tower represents dualism, and the smashing of dualism into its component parts, in preparation for renewal that does not come from reified, entrenched concepts. The Ivory Tower as a parallel image comes to mind, with all its good parts and its bad parts.”!/MetaMarcus

Which reminds me. This is interesting …

It has begun.