When running a hyperreality campaign online, I’ve found that one of the key things to do is to diversify your posting strategy. You should use not only a combination of diverse platforms & multiple user accounts on each (if possible), but you should also include different grades of platforms. That is, use both sites that require full accounts with logins and passwords, but also use sites that don’t require any credentials at all to post.
Some common ones are:
There are many others if you do Google searches, and some have greater & less longevity both as platforms, and for the content itself. Meaning content posted may be ephemeral (short-lived) or permanent, at least as long as the platform stays up.
Generally speaking, these sites have little or no filtering or other oversight. Perhaps unless they receive a legal take-down notice or similar official complaint. While this may be good or bad depending on the content, generally speaking in terms of the hyperreal it is somewhat of a boon to creators.
The only drawback of course is that Google tends to not rank the content of such sites very highly in search results. So long as you’re aware of that, they can still be very useful tools for seeing hyperreal contents. One of the best uses I’ve found has been for cross-linking. So if you have something posted on a more mainstream site requiring an account, you can link out from that somewhat legit looking account to apparently corroborating information posted on these other shittier sites. It certainly won’t pass the sniff test of determined OSINT investigators, but most people are not concerned enough to follow links or uncover sources in the first place. So it’s really not a big deal.
This technique pairs well with false backdating, spoofed sources, cross-posting into Reddit, and making archived copies. I’ve also used it pretty extensively with text spinner variations of target content, which I’ll post about some time soon (some of these examples below used text spinners, FYI).
Here are some example posts & archived versions from various hyperreality campaigns:
- Authorities Say There Is No Risk of Human Infection By A.I. Virus (archive)
- Officials Are Denying Risk of Human Infection By Artificial Intelligence Virus (Archive)
- Influential AI Researchers Smash Rumsman Record (archive)
- Timecraft Spotted Over Area Shopping Centres, Order Summoned (archive)
- Timecraft Intrusions Over Area Shopping Plazas, Order Summoned (archive)
- Tencent to pay $500M for stake in Influent (archive)
- 84 True Facts About Ancient Quatria (archive)