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9th-Sep-2008 05:09 pm

OK so I use AIM/Ichat to keep in touch with friends in America, and these last few months there has been this strange thing happening. Basically I'd get a really random strange message from someone not on my list, and when I reply to it the person on the other end tells me he/she just got a strange message from me as well and that I was the one contacting him/her first and not the other way around. So it happened a few times until I realised they all had screennames with the word 'salmon' in them. Until not so long ago and now they all have screennames with the word 'trout'.

I mean if it's some kind of virus or bot or spam, what is the point? Who benefits?

idealsalmon: The government owns people, and can morally put arbitrary restrictions on them.
Markus Bollingmo: what?

protestingsalmon: It's just like, it's just like, a mini-mall!
Markus Bollingmo: huh?
protestingsalmon: do i know you?
Markus Bollingmo: you just im'ed me!
protestingsalmon: no i didn't
protestingsalmon: who is this?

synergizedsalmon: I pity the fool!
Markus Bollingmo: ?
synergizedsalmon: again?
Markus Bollingmo: ??
synergizedsalmon: Is this Ice Queen or Ember Queen?
Markus Bollingmo: im not a queen and i dont know who you are
synergizedsalmon: Then who the hell is this?

customizedtrout: Pull off your mask. Show me who you really are.
Markus Bollingmo: ?
customizedtrout: no habla íngles lo siento.
Markus Bollingmo: sorry who is this?
customizedtrout: i don't know you imed me

Whaaaaaaaat is going ooooon?

Is this familiar to anyone else?
9th-Sep-2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
9th-Sep-2008 03:12 pm (UTC)

thank you
9th-Sep-2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, this started happening to me a few weeks ago and I thought someone was trying to send me a virus or something. :x
9th-Sep-2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure i find it very amusing, but it's certainly not worth wasting any energy being upset about :p
9th-Sep-2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Never trust the bots, especially if they smell like fish! lol

9th-Sep-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
wise words
9th-Sep-2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
"Markus Bollingmo: im not a queen and i dont know who you are"

These IMs sound like good fun.
9th-Sep-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
i block all of the ones that arrive now :p
9th-Sep-2008 04:43 pm (UTC) - Andemil
Learn how to search!!! Google: type Salmon virus!
9th-Sep-2008 05:24 pm (UTC) - Re: Andemil
thank you, you are very nice and helpful

so so sweet, thank you
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9th-Sep-2008 04:46 pm (UTC) - ichat
I would get these messages from people too, yet it was about a certain message. I just end up blocking them. always give a link to a product, I haven't gotten one in months.
9th-Sep-2008 05:25 pm (UTC) - Re: ichat
oh i never got any product link, just random conversation starters...
9th-Sep-2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
i got it too! some salmon person called me a slut whore. hahaha.
9th-Sep-2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
oh no that was me :)
9th-Sep-2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
that happened to me a few weeks ago! isnt it confusing? good job figuring it out, though, because a lot of people never do :)
10th-Sep-2008 10:41 am (UTC)
well i had to ask :p
9th-Sep-2008 08:35 pm (UTC) - oof I know~!
It's a salmon!

It's some thing LJ made, something like if you post at the same time some other person does, both posters will get a message from a _____salmon. And both posters will be all, "Wtf, who are you" and think the other is a bot/virus/something bad. But really, it's just meant to match up people so they can become friends.
10th-Sep-2008 10:42 am (UTC) - Re: oof I know~!
or enemies :p
9th-Sep-2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
its some sort of virus just dont reply to anything with salmon in the SN
10th-Sep-2008 10:42 am (UTC)
yes i figured it out now, someone had a helpful link :)
9th-Sep-2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
you´re pretty cute papito!!!:D
10th-Sep-2008 10:43 am (UTC)
haha papito?
9th-Sep-2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
This actually happened between me and a friend. It randomly paired us together. What are the chances?
10th-Sep-2008 10:43 am (UTC)
haha hten i would be even more confused i think
9th-Sep-2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
soo dang cute! Although, I have to say that I'm an avid fan of all your videos ;)

And it looks like a bot - I remember playing with some bot's that I could sick on people about 4 years ago... the kick was that I could see the conversation the bot was having with a friend, the trick was to tell the bot something about the person you were sicking it on, that way the person would be like - who the f'k are you?! how do you know that?! Usually the bot's had a 5 minute lifespan and would time out after about a minute of non-response. After the general message that you start it off on, it has some pretty bizarre messages of its own.
10th-Sep-2008 10:44 am (UTC)
i was just testing the direct upload thing. it's hardly something to be a fan of :p
10th-Sep-2008 12:22 am (UTC)
whoa, something like this happened to me a few months back too! weird...
10th-Sep-2008 10:44 am (UTC)
10th-Sep-2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
America? That's not a real place. Do you mean Atlantis?
10th-Sep-2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
yes sorry my bad
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