My (3rd) Largest Online Community

I’ve been building up various social networks over the past few years in an attempt to learn more about social networking and to also increase my visibility as a writer (and hopefully find readers).

This morning I was rather horrified/amused to realize that my third largest online gathering ‘place’ was a test site I had created several months ago using wordpress and some social networking plug-ins. I had created the test site to explore a couple technical ideas I had.

Now it has a few hundred members on it! Without advertising or soliciting. And really without any features in the site.

Of course these members aren’t real people. They are spam bots and it seems that I’ve created a little virtual place for spam bots to go and solicit one another. There’s not a single living person in the entire mix.