A mystery Instagram account is only following people named "Paul Williams"


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/28/a-mystery-instagram-account-is.html


A bot can easily block people sending messages to its account.


Sarah Connor?


Perhaps she’s desperately trying to connect with the talented songwriter/composer and diminutive blonde actor who portrayed Little Enos in Smokey and the Bandit.


Isn’t 419 the area code for Nigerian scams?


Apparently, it’s a criminal code, not an area code:

The number “419” refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud, the charges and penalties for offenders.



I greatly enjoyed the Pelbar Cycle novels by Paul O. Williams a couple of decades ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_O._Williams

I was gonna crack a joke, but this made me look him up, and I found out he died not long ago.




I used to work with a guy who was a bitter old curmudgeon by the name of Paul Williams, so this story was a minor hit around the office.



But why bother?
It suggests something different about the purpose of the account.


I’m being Paul Williams right now.


I vote that this is somehow espionage-related.



Sound like it’s been slow since he left the Governators Mansion, poor guy.

And what kind of lunatic poses as a fictional character from more than 30 years ago for laughs?


I thought Instagram didn’t show who you followed?

nvm I guess if you tap the following number at the top of the profile it does. huh.


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