Pimping ain’t dead… it’s just gone digital

29663215.047Who said pimping was dead? The pimp game has only reinvented itself in the digital world, disguised with selfie pictures as the new bait.

The line gets blurry between prostitutes, call girls, or girls just wanting attention (who later accept a proposition). Electronic Hoes, or ‘eHoes; as they are referred to, are using selfie pictures and can be found randomly on internet sites.

Pimps, escort services and call girls all using selfie pictures to lure in prospective clients, while social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter provide free ways to effectively advertise and promote an array of sexual services.

A simple search for escort girls on Twitter returns hundreds of tweets. On Instagram alone, you can easily get drawn into a world of illicit selfie photos with links to websites showcasing an abundance of pornographic content.

“The pimp game was a thriving business in the 1990s, from the ‘track’ to the hotel lobbies; pimps was getting it in,” says DeeMack of Las Vegas.

“Today it’s no longer out in the open. Digital technology has made things more personal, intimate, and fast moving. Instagram is the new ‘track,’ This iPhone I own has the power; with broadband, I’m managing the game using Facebook, tweeting, and if need be, texting. I don’t have to worry about being busted by the law like I did back in the day.”

In San Francisco, tech savvy pimps are tweeting in 140 characters or less, posting on Facebook, or Instagraming: “#Girls Girls.” Selfie pictures are bait and hook to reeling in a prospective client. Taken from one’s smartphone, a selfie picture is the easiest, most convincing way to entice and reach a “trix” (or customer) immediately.

In shows of brazen boldness, there are numerous pimp clubs on Facebook and on Google Hangout. It’s here that pimps give shout-outs, share stories, and even rate each other’s selfie pictures.

Pimping is big business, especially during commercial events such as the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, and tech trade shows in Las Vegas. These events attract thousands of visitors with money, who want to party, and pimps with eHoes are on the hunt to cash in.

“Ironically, some of my best trixs are at CES Show and some of the other tech shows that come to town,” says Passion, a call girl from Las Vegas who lets her clients know using social media and text messaging both her availability and her pricing.

Police officers are now up against a new kind of criminal; one that is digital. “It’s challenging at times to patrol social media and the world wide web for illicit acts. We are constantly striving to stay two steps ahead of those doing illegal activities,” says Yoshi Gotto, a cyber crime detective from Colorado.

Tech-savvy pimps are fully utilising all aspects of digital technology from mobility, social media platform, to accepting payment via credit card, Paypal, and even Bitcoin has now been embraced. Pimping ain’t dead, it’s only gone digital…

Patients prefer social networks to doctors and nurses

social_media_nursesPatients with long-term conditions are preferring to use social networks than traditional GPs for practical advice and day-to-day advice.

According to a survey by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society of more than 500 UK and US Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, more people found more information online (34%) compared to that offered by both health professionals (32%) and charities (26%). Continue reading

150-WORD REVIEW: Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday

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Some people don’t like Ryan Holiday. If you read the reviews of Trust Me, I’m Lying on Amazon, you’ll see what I mean. I’m not one of those people. This was a fantastically entertaining read about Holiday’s exploits on behalf of his clients.

The blurb on the book’s cover suggests it’s a playbook for the dark arts of exploiting the media, and while that might be a touch hyperbolic, there is no shortage of material in the book to give you ideas on how to seed stories, create a buzz and generally play the game in terms of blogs and news outlets.

Holiday is a really good writer. The book is easy to read. Even if you’re not entirely interested in the subject matter, you’ll definitely get a laugh or two out of some of the stunts he’s pulled. Trust me. I’m not lying.


150-WORD REVIEW: Contagious by Jonah Berger

This post is by new contributor Eamonn Carey, who tweets here and is Head of Digital for MHP Communications

contagious-300x459Why do certain things go viral and take over the world? The reality is that there’s no one answer – no one ring to rule them all. There are so many variables at play that it’s almost impossible to predict what will work and what won’t.

What Contagious tries to do is give people a primer on the constituent parts of ideas that have ended up going viral. Berger’s thesis is that ideas that have social currency, triggers, emotion, a public element, practical value and stories are the ones that become Gangnam Style successes.

Fast Company reckons Berger wants to be the next Gladwell. The book bears that out. Simply explained and illustrated with plenty of examples, this is a pop-science book for the masses rather than a exhaustive manual for specialists. Occasional repetition is irritating, but overall, it’s well worth a read.

In 2013 we hire detectives to investigate ourselves, in 2023?…

The actor Ashley Judd is an interesting character. Not only is she a Hollywood star, she is also married to the Scottish racing driver (with the Scottish name) Dario Franchitti and is dropping hints that she is about to contest the US Senate seat for Kentucky.

While it is mischievous to think of her imploring Dario to go ‘faster, faster’ while they are in their love shack, it is certainly bizarre to know that two weeks ago she engaged a private investigator… to examine her own past. Continue reading