Can that really be real?
Brandon said the athletic department catfished several athletes to teach them the dangers of social networking. Very interesting.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) February 1, 2013
[10:31 AM] Wow Experience: a/s/l
[10:32 AM] Brian: um
[10:32 AM] Wow Experience: i am a hot girl
[10:32 AM] Brian: I see
[10:32 AM] Wow Experience: i would like to be your girlfriend
[10:32 AM] Brian: I'm married.
[10:33 AM] Wow Experience: but I have cancer.
[10:33 AM] Brian: This had better not be Dave Brandon again.
[10:33 AM] Wow Experience: no i am a girl
[10:34 AM] Brian: I'm not even a student at Michigan anymore, let alone a student-athlete.
[10:34 AM] Wow Experience: I have sad cancer.
[10:34 AM] Brian: Fine, fine. Send me your picture.
[10:34 AM] Wow Experience:
[10:35 AM] Brian: ...
[10:35 AM] Wow Experience: are you feeling the wow in your pants bronco
[10:36 AM] Brian: This is even more distasteful than last time.
[10:36 AM] Wow Experience: I AM NOT REAL BE CAREFUL ON THE INTERNET
[10:36 AM] Brian: what really
[10:36 AM] Wow Experience: YES
[10:36 AM] Brian: then how are you typing
[10:36 AM] Wow Experience: WHOAH
Can that really be real?
God bless you, Brian Cook.
I wish Mary Sue Coleman would hit me up on the AOL Chat and send me some sexy pics.
By the looks of that desolate house, she must be posing on the campus of MSU. I am driving up I-96 right now to meet you my love. I'll bring the pink and white roses you requested.
Bring plenty of laxatives.
Don't ask why, all will be revealed in time.
lack of farm animals and police cruisers
no couches ablaze.
Wait, no reason for conflagrations.
for these kinds of signs, too.
I'm pretty sure the dangers are evident every time you turn the television on. Brandon could have saved the athletic department some time and just sent T'eo a consulting fee.
She had a "WHOAH Experience". You rocked her metaphysical world, Brian, you dog.
Why mock DB's (mis)use of the interwebs and other newfangled suchlike. It could be worse.
Many excited Buckeyes in the Schott tonight—including me! Ready for the men’s basketball game against Wisconsin. - Gordon Gee
He could have at least told his fans which bow tie he picked for the occasion.
You're also aware he "tweeted" that on the night BEFORE the game was to even be played.
How's a guy to know how long a message might travel through the tubes before it comes out the other end of the internet?
I can't believe you got duped so bad Brian. I think you owe us all an apology with a softball lobbing TV anchor while wearing too much make-up and a pastel sweater.
On a side:
I guess I'm old, but I prefer the terms "stalker" or "online predator" or "fraud" instead of "catfish".
"catfished" makes it sound funny when really what you are doing is wrong and criminal in some States/cases.
If T'eo was a female college cheerleader, the "catfish" guy would be in court right now.
When you make a fake Facebook profile and use it to sucker your friend into standing at the corner of Liberty and South U waiting for his hot date to the Ann Arbor film festival. All the while you're sitting in Chipotle and placing bets on how long he lasts while using a pay as you go phone to text him how you're running late and will be there "in 15 minutes, I swear!".
It was revenge for his "AAPD Thinks You Ran a Hobo Over and is Looking For You Man" prank.
If you've convinced a guy to stand on the corner of Liberty and South U.
awhhhh poor Joe Pa
Playing tricks on your constituents to teach them a lesson? That is some severely obtuse, incompetent management at work. Who comes up with this crap? How did they get jobs in which they make decisions? They should not be allowed to make decisions.
I propose they get this guy to teach THEM a lesson about teaching lessons.
If I could upvote, I would.
What are you talking about? This is completely normal. In the corporate world, it's called security awareness training or, more accurately, security awareness testing. You test your constituents to see if they know or can follow security practices. Then train them. Then test them again to see if they learned anything.
I am doing this EXACT thing right now. With the HR Director's blessing, I created two fakes phishing sites and am about to blast my spoofed emails to all company employees. We'll measure how many bite on it then educate and retest.
Normal is relative. Because a thing is done commonly does not mean it is maximizing effectiveness. In my experience, corporate cultures tend to create behavioral norms of self-preservation. This manifests in enormous inefficiency as decisions get "punted" to and fro, with blame shifting just as much. Most managers are rewarded when they bend facts to frame a good image of themselves, not because they create a tangible benefit for anyone or anything, anywhere, ever and ultimately tend to be tremendously ineffective. So, it is normal, but it hurts companies.
But, I would say your example is not entirely applicable. Your example is testing use of company resources to see if employees can follow company protocols on those company resources. The example of the AD "catfishing" players is an example of intruding on people's personal lives, regarding things that do not directly pertain to the organization's performance. Unethical , I vouch -- but, then again, the whole thing appears to have been grossly misrepresented itself .... oy.
Too bad this isn't a real conversation. My favorite part is 'I have sad cancer'.
Pure gold this is.
Edit: Actually this is my favorite part: 'are you feeling the wow in your pants bronco'
who she was addressing, she would have phrased it differently:
"I haz sad cancer"
This is quite glorious.
This is why MGoBlog is awesome.
Glad I have my office door shut, so I don't have to explain the laughter.
100% Briliance, especially with the a/s/l and color scheme. I felt like i was back in 2000 and I was running low on free AOL hours from the CD Rom. Good old days, where if you didn't like a troll, you could punt them offline.
No happy ending for you.
I wish the internet had sounds so I could send a slow clap your way Mr. Cook. I mean, the internet, does have sounds, but I don't know how to send them.
Moar webex conferences
If sad cancer is treatable.
Sad cancer is no joke. It is when the immune system is unable to kill off sad cells, which reproduce uncontrollably.
The only known cures are a bushel basket of kittens, or, in the latest breakthrough, Denardium, which is a Denard Robinson smile ray concentrated through a Super Krypton Fabulator. This treatment now offers hope to thousands.
This is why I come to the blog. Bravo, Brian, good sir!
This brought a nice hearty laugh to kick of the weekend!!
It's funny 'cuz it's true.
I, myself do not have a door I can close to prevent others from hearing/seeing my overreaction to hilarity...let odd looks and sideways glances from concerned co-workers commence!
"Fine, fine. Send me your picture." Yeah, right. Like you have to be convinced. What are you doing in the chat room in the first place? Looking for WoW members to join your hoarde?
The Rowland tweet only references the "athletic department" so we can't really be sure that it was AD Dave Brandon sending the pervy tweets. Probably just and intern or work-study student. Probably fired by now too.
Before the hot girl would send a picture, she would also try to get the victim to purchase an Arby's-brand sandwich or one-use special football jersey.
The good thing is that The Onion can never make fun of Dave Brandon's catfishing because it is already so weird, that it is beyond sarcasm.
That bad thing is that Deadspin can make fun of Dave Brandon's catfishing by just reporting what actually happened.
I'm assuming next time the athletic department is going to kill several student athletes to teach them the dangers of being murdered.