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Surprise Followers - Is this normal on here?

I have only been here for about 10days or so and I have had four (allegedly) young women in their 20s with no postings or previous contact suddenly want to follow me and send me the basic message 'Hi, how are you?'. My message introduction clearly says I won't respond to that, so I wonder if they are some kind of 'bot' that can't read, or that there is indeed a cohort of thick young women who can't read - or simply think they are so gorgeous (all have an attractive picture) that I'm going to be lustfully forced to respond.

Does this happen to all the men on here? Or everyone? Or have found too late a secret I wish I had had when I was in my 20s? 馃槃

I've hidden my Friends list now so as not to give the wrong impression and because I don't want to use up all my Delete credit by the end of the month.
helenS36-40, F
'Hi, how are you?' is quite elaborate, in my experience.
'Hi sexy' is much more concise and "to the point" as a first message, or just a plain and simple 'Hi', without all that unnecessary bla bla bla 馃槕
helenS36-40, F
@Slade "Hello, thank you for your message. Did we meet somewhere else before?"
Slade56-60, M
@helenS I do feel a familiar tingle 馃
myothername51-55, F
@helenS "Hi, how are you?" is clearly someone with tertiary education. Fine if you want an intellectual.
DrWatson70-79, M
Yes it happens to me, and I ignore them. Often those accounts vanish in a short period of time. I assume they are men, who either get a thrill from pretending to be women or who are trying to scam me in some way.
Thomas5270-79, M
@DrWatson That was the conclusion I was coming to and thought I'd ask around.
DrWatson70-79, M
@Thomas52 I sometimes wonder whether we older men are more frequently targeted, under the assumption that we are desperate for female attention! 馃槀
@DrWatson I think there is something in that!
They are ALL gorgeous, hot and horny young women from Russia who just need you to send them $600 to fly to your loving arms. 馃ぃ
Slade56-60, M
@4meAndyou Yeah. That's right!馃憤
Thomas5270-79, M
@CarolinaCrushDaddy I did wonder
MartinII70-79, M
I have been a member here for six years and I cannot remember ever receiving an unsolicited message from someone who didn鈥檛 at least seem to be genuine. Whether they have all in fact been genuine is a separate question - I鈥檓 a fairly trusting type.
meggie36-40, F
I've had both men and women do that and ignore them. Sometimes if you google their username you find they are on other sites, usually sex ones.
ArishMell70-79, M
@meggie They use the same nick-names from site to site? Not best practice for security and privacy. I wonder if they use the same pass-words, too.
purpleandgold56-60, M
The secret is we didn't have computers in our younger days, just telephones. 馃ぃ 馃
Thomas5270-79, M
@purpleandgold In my early 20s I didn't even have a phone in my own home. Phone boxes were the order of the day until I was nearly 30 when I could afford a mortgage and put in a comparatively expensive line.
purpleandgold56-60, M
@Thomas52 Yea, I was kind of past that. We were at that time were we were actually talking about seeing the person we were talking to. 馃榾 馃檪
Ya know...just sayin'............but at 70 to glad ANY woman is contacting you to say hi,
Thomas5270-79, M
@anythingoes477 True 馃槃
ArishMell70-79, M
Blimey, Four words. That's remarkably literate of them!

I have had ones, from both men and women, that use just one word. That word is the ugly, peremptory command, warning or reprimand, "Hey!".

Most are probably innocent. They might just be rather shallow, lonely types wanting a sort of "pen-friend", but are in their state because they have nothing in their lives worth chatting about.
Starcrossed41-45, F
Having been a member of this community and the previous site for many many years, I can say with good authority that a LOT of people don't bother to read your intro, pinned or recent stories. Or some when they do read it they'll still look you right in the eye whilst blatantly disregarding your requests.
Are you Joe Biden?
smiler201256-60, M
@nedkelly 馃槅being a little cynical ned lol
Adstar56-60, M
I rarely ever receive that kind of attention.. And thats the way i like it.. I did not come in here to chase woman.. There are plenty of dating sites if people are focused on that.. And anyway there is not guarantee that the person is an actual female.. There are a lot of weirdo's in SW.. that's for sure..
MarkPaul26-30, M
You are now ready to write a book and launch a social media enterprise on how-to pick-up women online who are scammers, catfish, and most likely men. You'll make a fortune.
Thomas5270-79, M
@MarkPaul I'll let you know when it's published.
MarkPaul26-30, M
@Thomas52 Don't forget to add me in acknowledgements.
They are fake 馃槃
If ANYONE says hi to me......out of the blue or not.............what do I have to lose by saying hi back? This is after all a "s-o-c-i-a-l" media site.
helenS36-40, F
@anythingoes477 Yes exactly. I usually send a short reply.
they are fishing for.... something.. unlikely to BE who they suggest, eventually will ask you for something
Havesomefun256-60, M
Yep it happens check them out and friends forum forums then make your mind up
ProfessorPlum7770-79, MVIP
[c=800000]Any comment I made would be considered to be in the "sour grapes" category! [/c]馃
HoraceGreenley56-60, M
Yeah and on LinkedIn
DHggmu26-30, M
I don鈥檛 even get messages from fake profiles anymore, sad times. I used to have an army of 鈥済irls into wrestling鈥 that they turned sexual, was fun to play along sometimes when I was bored.
Thomas5270-79, M
@DHggmu Disappointing when you don't even get the momentary pleasure of seeing the little number pop up on the message symbol.
DHggmu26-30, M
@Thomas52 It鈥檚 very rare but always disappointing when it鈥檚 clearly a fake profile.
ProfessorPlum7770-79, MVIP
[c=002673]I have quite a few older men check out my profile. Much to my dismay.
What is your secret with being able to get young ladies to follow and message you? [/c]
Thomas5270-79, M
@ProfessorPlum77 As I say...I wish I had known the secret when I was 20. I check out lots of profiles, including older men, in case we have something in common to talk about. For me, this is not only about sex and relationships.
ProfessorPlum7770-79, MVIP
@Thomas52 I know what you mean when you say you wish you had known the secret when you were 20.
PissedOffOSUAlumnus31-35, M
Honestly, who cares if random weirdos on social media follow you?
Thomas5270-79, M
@PissedOffOSUAlumnus Thanks for taking the trouble to comment.
PissedOffOSUAlumnus31-35, M

No problem
smileylovesgaming31-35, F
I don't think very many people read those message introductions
SkeetSkeet100+, F
Where's your new badge?
Thomas5270-79, M
@SkeetSkeet No idea 馃し鈥嶁檪锔

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