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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Cloud Girlfriend, a new internet service that will create a fake girlfriend for the world’s lonely/creepy men.

CEO of the company David Fuhriman has spilled more details of how Cloud Girlfriend will work to create the perfect woman for it’s users on social media sites.

He believes the site will help men find relationships when women become jealous of their fake girlfriends,

The best way to get a girlfriend is to already have one.

Cloud Girlfriend will be a free service and will launch on April 26th. Several predetermined profile pictures will be available to choose from, and it is even a possibility for Cloud Girlfriend to create photos of you and your girlfriend together.

Real people will be operating these girlfriends so they can friend request people and truly interact using all of Facebooks interfaces. Users can have as many as they like for free.

It was skeptical if Facebook would object this idea because of their strict terms of service, but Fuhriman seems confident his site complies.

We can only wait to see how long this lasts.

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(photo credit: David/Flickr CC)

Cloud Girlfriend promises to help lonely men sink to rock bottom.

The new web startup company guarantees its users a fake, virtual girlfriend who will publicly interact with them on Facebook and other social networking sites. Cloud Girlfriend describes their service as this:

Step 1: Define your perfect girlfriend. Step 2: We bring her into existence. Step 3: Connect and interact with her publicly on your favorite social network Step 4: Enjoy a public long distance relationship with your perfect girl.

According to the website, “Due to high demand we are only able to accommodate a limited number of users to the site. Register early to get in line.” Apparently many people seem interested in a virtual, fake relationship.

Users can design their girlfriends to meet their precise specifications. Once you begin your relationship with your fake beau, somebody employed by the company will interact with you on Facebook via “her” profile. Then all of your single male friends can be jealous of your hot new girlfriend.

This just sounds like a recipe for disaster. What are your friends going to think when they realized you’ve paid a company to create a pretend woman to interact with you on the internet?

I have a strange feeling Mark Zuckerberg will have some issues with this, as Facebook doesn’t like fake profiles. And if there really are people out there who are desperate enough fake a relationship, wouldn’t they have already done it?

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Just what we all need (photo credit: Reuters)

Just when I thought my iPhone 4 could do everything, I was proven wrong. An iPad only app that just launched last week will tell you everything you could ever want to know about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Because that’s not weird.

2 For Life Media created Royal Wedding 2011, which let’s users do everything from view photos of the happy couple to give wedding advice via the app’s guestbook. You can also learn how to properly shake Queen Elizabeth II’s hand (everybody should know this.) It includes a live feed of the couple’s public appearances and every single detail of the wedding, except for who’s making Kate’s dress. Oops.

Diane Hall, company president of 2 For Life Media says the app was designed to be,

both a primer and a keepsake for iPad users who have a keen interest in the wedding and the Royal Family.

So essentially, she is saying this app has the potential to become a disturbing stalker service.

Basically, if the Official Royal Wedding website isn’t enough for you, you not only should talk to someone, but you should go download this app.

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I hate Facebook every time it introduces some new, unnecessary feature. So does the rest of the planet. This morning, I found a brand new reason to completely loathe Mark Zuckerberg.

Photocredit: Paul Flickr/CC

No, its not the hideous photo banner or the disappearance of the “write something about yourself” box. It’s not the obnoxious black photo viewer or the lost applications like “bumper sticker.” Facebook has hit a new low.

Now, it has not only taken away things that were fun and informative and added ugly little pictures, it has changed the way we communicate with our “friends.”

Commenting on a wall post is now identical to Facebook Chat. The moment you hit ENTER, the comment will post to the internet for the world to see, rather then starting a new paragraph. In order to start a new paragraph, users must type SHIFT+ENTER to do so (this is explained in size 2 font under the comment box)

I can only anticipate the mass amounts of confusion today when people accidentally post unfinished comments to the internet. Why, Mark Zuckerberg, was this necessary?

There is a way to edit comments now that doesn’t require deleting them in a fury before someone notices your typo. Simply hit the X in the corner of the comment and the text will now remain, allowing it to be edited and reposted, or simply deleted.

HotTips reports that the edit feature is only available for a few short moments,

if you do make a mistake, and hit Enter early, you don’t actually have to retype everything. It will actually retract it from the comment thread, and allow you to edit it. The window to do this is pretty small, so you have to be quick about it.

So while the entire world is complaining about this new feature today, everybody just needs to remember to thank Mr. Zuckerberg. I wonder what’s next!

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Stalkers everywhere, rejoice! Finally, there is another way to track every single person you know/sort of know/have never even spoken to on Facebook.

The Facebook Breakup Notifier allows users to pick certain “friends” whose relationship status they would like to monitor (stalk.) Then, if one of the relationships change, the user will get an email notification.

“You like someone. They’re in a relationship. Be the first to know when they’re out of it,” the website guarantees. This is the creepiest thing I have ever heard.

Facebook blocked the app just 3 days after it launched, but there are talks to reinstate it. At The Globe and Mail, Sidneyeye Matrix, a media professor at Queen’s University in Canada states,

“My first instinct is to say that, culturally speaking, this is getting very close to a violation of their terms of service. They have pulled the plug before on viral campaigns and apps that violate their privacy standards for users.”

Dan Loewenherz, the 24-year-old creator began a campaign to bring the app back saying,

“it stuck a cord with people and illustrates the changing needs of those who use social media.”

The application, launched Saturday, February 19th, attracted over 3.6 million people in the 3 days it was active. One reviewer calls it, “brilliant but creepy.” Dr. Matrix calls it, “digital curiosity.”  I call it, “absolutely insane.”

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Please, no cell phones at dinner (photo: Ken Anderson/Flickr CC)

Over at the blog Techcrunch, there is a post titled “I Will Check My Phone At Dinner And You Will Deal With It.” Author MG Siegler explains that checking a phone while at a restaurant is becoming a new social norm.

Siegler mentions several groundbreaking incentives for using a phone at the table, but my favorite is, everybody else is doing it.

When I go out to dinner with my peers these days, it’s not considered weird at all to pull out your phone. In fact, the situation has sort of reversed itself: you feel awkward if everyone else is using their phones and you’re not. It happens. A lot.

Siegler sounds like a sensitive little 16 year old boy, but in reality he is a grown man.

Using a cell phone in a restaurant is rude if it is making those around you feel disregarded. People that use cell phones mid-conversation tend to do the following:

  1. Forget what the conversation was about
  2. Make others awkwardly wait while they finish typing and loling

That sounds like a really fun dinner.

I am a 20 year old woman, not a teenager or a middle aged mother. When friends interrupt conversations with me to whip out their cell phones and then say, “what were we talking about, sorry,” I am genuinely angry. I highly doubt that being disrespected and ignored will ever be a social norm.

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