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Project Upstream requests feedback



Hello, readers of themissinghat. We are Project Upstream.

Recently, we have noticed this community taking an interest in us -- and specifically, our Salmon-themed AIM bots. We respect your curiosity, and in order to foster an open relationship between Project Upstream and themissinghat, we would like members of your community to provide us with feedback.

All interested individuals are encouraged to speak directly to us, saying whatever they would like, by making comments on this entry. Submit feedback, or ask us questions; it is up to you.

Unfortunately, the nature of our operation requires certain information about us to be kept out of the public eye. For that reason, we will respond to comments, and answer questions, at our discretion only. But don't let that stop you from making some great comments on this entry! We look forward to reading them all.

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You're starting to piss me off.

Do your social experiments all you want. Don't do them around me.

Thanks.
you can opt out by replying with $optout to anyone who talks to you

(Anonymous)

I've been salmoned twice.
The first was...not a fun experience.
The second just happened and I just learned what's going on.
Bit of an irritating shock at first.
Awesome work! This is the stuff that the intarwebs are made of.
I just got into a convo with harshsalmon and it went well but we got disconnected in mid conversation before exchanging s/n ;( ah well
I love this thing. I think I understand the principle behind the social experiment of it:

What happens when two complete strangers are connected unexpectedly with some type of common connection?

Or at least, that's what I get out of it. While the people that connect may have different attitudes, what I've seen so far, between my one Salmonizing and the many others I've read, is that most of the people that connect and actually talk to each other have things in common and often end up with an amicable, if not positive, experience.

I consider being Salmonized to, quite possibly, one of the ultimate "friend finders." Simply because you cannot guarantee ANY criteria except for the fact that the other user has either Livejournal, DeviantArt, Xanga, or something to that effect.

I personally want to be Salmonized more. I may use the Project Upstream connector every now and then when I'm bored. :D
I was just Salmoned for the first time today.

I don't know if you have any ulterior motives, but I don't care--I think this idea is absolutely brilliant! My friends and I used to track down random SNs on the web and IM them to seek out interesting conversation. Some of them kept in touch with us and we opened up to them and were friends with them for a while. In other cases, we did things like pretend to be a twentysomething student in barber school, or a man with four distinct personalities, and so on, and see how much we could flesh out our characters before they stopped talking to us. To this day, I feel like this sort of interaction breeds beauty and wonder and I am thrilled that the internet provides a basis for it as a medium. To create a platform of sorts to generate it is, I think, a very honorable thing to do. You (all) have my kudos, and my thanks!
I've just been Salmoned for the first time today as well, and have since used the Project Upstream connector twice out of curiosity. Out of the three people I spoke with, two were at work and the other one thought I was a marketing stalker when I tried explaining what was going on!

I'm definitely appreciative of mysteries like this, and the ability to meet complete strangers is an added bonus. After all, I've made most of my best friends through serendipity anyway. :)
Been Salmoned before but only recently have I started having fun with this. Now, whenever I am Salmoned/become a Salmon, I just mess with people. Can't wait to learn more about this.
QQ cry moar

i figured it out without being sent a link....i just got salmoned about an hour ago, and had never heard of it before in my life, but through the magic of google ended up here.

great social experiment, it's actually linked me up with somebody that i am strangely compatible with, socially speaking.
I like being connected with other LJ users.
But must the salmon be so annoying about it?
A simple IM with the username would do.
I appreciate the idea behind the salmons... but when I first started getting them, I thought I'd been hacked.

I actually talked to my second salmon, and we got along okay.. but quite frankly, I'd rather not get these IMs.

Because of these salmons, I went an changed the settings on my buddy list for AIM so that only the people on my list can see me and talk to me.
the first two times i got salmoned, i was irritated. this third time i talked to the person for a little longer, then did some googling and became humbled. this is a fantastic project. encourages me to do something a bitter similar!
I didn't ask to be salmoned, I don't really find it enjoyable, it's like spam email. If you're doing this on purpose please make a way for users to NOT be involved in your little social experiment.

(Anonymous)

I AM NOT AN ACTIVE LIVEJOURNAL MEMBER NOR DO I LIKE RANDOM AIM BOTS FORCING ME TO MEET PEOPLE THAT I DO NOT WANT TO TALK TO.
Don't reply and you won't be paired up with someone.
This is intensely enjoyable.
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