Bots typing away with nothing to say.
August 7, 2012 2:22 AM Subscribe
What exactly is going on with people I don't know showing up as "X is typing" on one of my instant messengers, but never actually saying anything? Is this some sort of oblique scam?
posted by solarion to Computers & Internet (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I have a multiclient chat called Pidgin, which has an interesting function known as Psychic Mode - it detects when somebody's typing to you before they've said the initial message, and opens the chat window then.
Now, I've recently had a window open in this way with a user I am completely unfamiliar with. I have messaged them back a number of times (as this has happened a few times) to no reply; they just keep the "X is typing" dialog up, like they're continuously typing.
The medium in question is Yahoo, on the multiclient.
There were a couple of ones that did this, though I blocked all but one. Two examples of the usernames, in case it means anything: apoloniaguadeloupe and markettacastellana.
It wouldn't seem to be a scamming thing; for most people, that sort of thing would never show up. So what exactly is going on here?