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Startup Pimps Fake Social Network Girlfriends To Facebook Users

Humanity has reached a new low it seems as a new service called Cloud Girlfriend promises to those using Facebook or other social networks, a "perfect girlfriend" out of the blue (sky).

The service (opens in new tab) allows users to define their perfect GF, which is then brought into existence by Users are then able to "Connect and interact with her publicly" and enjoy "a public long distance relationship with your perfect girl".

Cloud Girlfriend looks like the equivalent of having a tethered escort girl except that it ought to be cheaper, more accessible and potentially safer as well. She will send public messages on the client's Facebook wall so that he or she can claim to have a girlfriend as well as a companion.

The site's co-founder, David Furhiman, says that the service will consist of "real human beings" not automated bots (ed : surely some graduates from the Far East) that will interact over Facebook and possibly other social networks and may actually help the guys get a proper real girlfriend.

He claims that the service is not a porn website or an adult chat service although it resembles a paid-for adult hotline. Furhiman adds that it might even fulfil "psychological needs like intimacy and friendship even though the interaction is virtual".

Some are claiming that it is nothing more than an elaborate version of a blow-up doll in a plain brown envelope except that it will come with more bells and whistles.

Surprisingly, the more friends you invite, the sooner you will get access and there are no apparent plans to get a equivalent (the domain name is already registered).

So how famous is the site? Data gathered from Alexa shows that the site ranked in the top 10,000 worldwide briefly this week which means that it ought to have attracted around 100,000 pageviews per day.

This might explain why the site is carrying a statement saying "Due to high demand we are only able to accommodate a limited number of users to the site. Register early to get in line".

Cloudgirlfriend reminds us loosely of Gamecrush (opens in new tab), a website that was launched last year and allowed gamers (mostly males) to "chat and play games with real playdates" for money, 60 cents a minutes (or $36 an hour) to be more precise.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.