(which in the 2010s seemingly makes no business sense) continue to search for human users to visit their dead. This is the result of the chatroom’s success –a bot-pocalypse, whereby individual humans have been extinguished from a social environment after its popularity.
Bots, spam, scams follow success, and over-population in the past has led to a flight from the chaotic environment, to other social spaces, a result similar to what Virginia Heffernan describes as “suburbia” with respect to regulated app culture, but which could easily be applied to the flight from pre-web 2.0 social spaces to the structure of Facebook (or, more recently, from Myspace to Facebook). The bots are all that’s left as proof of a social space’s former glory; picking apart what’s left of the chat carrion.
These later social web platforms have taken the place of self-made homepages devoted to the individual.
No longer content to be members of specialized forums and bulletin boards, users opted instead for global citizenship featuring profile environments –the WWW’s version of a passport, or ID.
” Yet their creators remain wholly unknown and unquestioned by users.