- ▼ December 2010 (10)
Wednesday, December 1
10:30 PM | Posted by Seola
Every month or so, someone comes across another post, comment or whatever, somewhere on the net claiming to be the reason Tila is famous. Why anyone would actually want to cop to any part of her fame is beyond me, but eh, it happens. I'm here with this post to show the truth, once and for all. The most recent I have seen is not just someone who claims to know someone but rather someone who claims to be the "real McCoy". This tool Gerard Spinks is publishing that he is now the engineer behind the scenes. I'll break down this particular post first.
It was yesteryear circa 2005. Seems a mighty long time ago, I know. In 2010, things move at the speed of light even in a dull economy. Myspace was the new new and as an engineer and marketer, I was all over it. I have been developing marketing systems for quite some time now over the Internet so I saw Myspace as another potential avenue to market products and services.MySpace wasn't "new new". It had been in operation since 2003 as a storage site. In 2004, it transitioned to the site you know today. My account is from 2004 and let me tell you, I'm not one to latch onto social media. Aside from that, claiming to see the "potential" in marketing when MySpace had those damn ad leeches from the start is about as egotistical as one gets.
I was sitting around my house chillin in Atlanta and cruising around Myspace. I had like 25 friends and somehow I click on a girl named Tila Tequila who had like 125 friends which was a lot back then. As people on Myspace did, we started talking. Her pictures on her Myspace were full frontal nudity and held nothing back.This is quite "valley girl" so to speak. I don't know many engineers who speak in street slang, but I digress, I'm sure there is a few. I'm sure dude just randomly clicked to chat and just "stumbled" across the nudity. Now, this dude is claiming 2005 she only had 125 friends. This was after she was in Playboy and a bunch of no name stuffs. Now, even I had 125 friends quickly when everyone was friending everyone. However, this capture from the WayBack Machine (the uberest site on the internet for prior caching of webpages) on August 10, 2004, Tila already had 36,000 friends.Over time, as you can see in this search engine query, it took her quite a while, but each date brings her numbers higher.
Always into marketing, I hit her up on the email and asked her what was her plan to market herself. It looked like she was already doing a great job but I didn’t quite think the full on nudity was working for her. In a series of emails, we begin to discuss how best to market herself and her music. She shared that she really wanted to be an artist. I shared with her that she should try and get corporate sponsors as she attempted to grow her brand.
- August 10, 2004: 36,000
- November 13, 2004: 68, 000
- January 15, 2005: 111,000
- February 11, 2005: 135,000
- April 12, 2005: 212,000
After chopping it up for a few weeks, I tell her that as an engineer I found a way to build an automated robot to get Myspace friends quickly without ever being on the site. I told her that I tested it but Myspace had a limit of how many friend requests you could do in one day of around 100 or so. Tila Tequila then drops a bomb on me and tells me that she has an engineer friend at Myspace who worked in Southern California. This friend could take most of Tom’s original friends in the database and transfer the database files to hers. She asked me if I thought she should do it.Okay, likelihood that not only would an engineer just magically find a person with 125 friends "accidentally", and the likelihood that Tila would respond, and the likelihood that she actually knew anyone at MySpace who is an engineer is about -892%.
Without hesitation, I said hells to the yea. No joke, on a Friday night Tila Tequila had around 200 friends. On Monday, she had over 250,000 friends and this launched her into the Internet star that she became. I then told her to reach out to Cingular Wireless and they would see her numbers and sponsor her just on numbers alone. They did. The engineer who helped her did one more database transfer and gave her another 250,000 friends which then made her seem like an overnight success which in the United States, turns you into an immediate media darling. She then turned viral. Because she had so many friends, other people would friend request her just to be down and try to leave comments on her front page. The rest is history.Without hesitation? You mean, without thinking about the law? So "no joke", at no point in 2005 did Tila ever have 200 friends. She had well over that as pervy dudes couldn't wait to get their rocks off at nudies on MySpace for free. This douche is also trying to take credit for making her an "internet star" when she'd already been around on the net for a couple years hocking her beef curtains. But she never "turned viral". She was always viral - the free clinic in LA can confirm that.
Now, factoid and internet archives aside, the legal aspect.
Not only did Tila and this supposed engineer use the internet to set up (since he was in Atlanta) interstate internet fraud and hacking, but the engineer at MySpace also breaking the law by divulging and giving away coding (as that engineer apparently couldn't do it and had to give the info across state lines to some dude he didn't know in Atlanta) to a person he couldn't trust, but that no one, not a single person would notice the overload of data over a weekend by transfer? Come on. Anytime any engineer accesses... I wanna say data mainframe, but that's not right... anyway, accesses a secure network (and since MySpace stored personal account info, would have been required to do so), their ID is stamped onto everything. This is one of the reasons. So the massive data transfer would have set off alarms in the first place, someone would have checked to see what was up and most likely checked internal logs since the data coming in would have been corporate information.
Each person that passes this story off as their own is admitting to fraud, data hacking, terms of service violations, interstate internet fraud for not only themselves, but Tila and the "engineer at MySpace". All that aside, the dude that is claiming it this time can't even do simple coding on his OWN site!