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6 June 2016, 17:25
Knowing me, stalking you...
The lurker has become one of the most recognizable and hated characters in instant messaging groups around the world.
It’s what they don’t say that speaks volumes. Observing entire conversations in absolute silence, they are the outsider looking in, the spy within. The only evidence of their sleuthing is a faint tick on your screen once they’ve read your message. Like the distant flash of a camera on a dark night, it’s creepy and unsettling. And that’s exactly how they want you to feel. How do I know that? Well, friends, that’s because I am a lurker. Don’t @ me.
Lurkers tend to be the same people who think a fun Friday night is staying in and stalking friends of friends on Facebook until 2am. They have a hit list of potential stalking leads on Twitter. They have at least three proxy accounts on Tumblr to make sure their getting all the good tea. Imagine Varys from Game of Thrones with an iPhone instead of carrier pigeons and you’re typical modern-day lurker.
Why do we do it? The lurking world may be dark but there are untold pleasures to found.
...even though we know it's complete BS.