So for the past few weeks I have been bombarded with chat requests from random people. These random people just kind of start a conversation out of nowhere. I posted about one such encounter a few weeks ago. It is technically not spam. It is just random people contacting each other. Turns out it is some kind of online communication experiment called TheGreatHatsby.
TheGreatHatsby looks to start conversations between two random people through AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). The Bot hides its identity by changing all instances of the user’s names into it’s own name. So if you see a chat log of the conversation every time a user mentioned his/her screen name the Bot would change it to the Bot’s name.