Plugging one's own product on the web

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Apr 6 00:55:34 UTC 2008

Yes, "sock-puppet" is what I was trying to remember, but having
forgotten the term I also forgot it included hiding one's identity.


At 4/5/2008 08:39 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:
>I think you're thinking of sock-puppeting, but the def's not quite
>right. A sock puppet is a fake ID that you give yourself online for
>the purposes of commenting in public forums about you, your own work,
>or your own interests, without revealing your under-handedness. Sock-
>puppeting is the act of doing that.
>In extreme cases, sock puppets carry on entire dialogs with themselves
>using multiple online identities.
>In its benign form, a sock puppet is just a second ID you use, kind of
>deep cover, created so that people don't know who you are but not so
>you can do anything unethical. Sometimes your one nick is well-known
>so, for example, you might post a delicate question about a personal
>issue using your sock puppet ID so that people don't associate the
>personal issue with your main nick.
>Grant Barrett
>Double-Tongued Dictionary
>editor at
>On Apr 5, 2008, at 20:23, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>Can someone remind me what the term is for plugging one's own work or
>>product on the web?  And of some of the people who have been
>>embarrassed when discovered?
>The American Dialect Society -

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