If you've been watching MTV recently, or have just climbed out from the rock you were living under, you have probably seen the show or heard the word ‘Catfish’. If you haven’t then let me explain; I consider myself qualified to translate pop culture slang because I’m totes DTF with my swagger when I GTL, YOLO!
OK, I’ll be honest; I have no idea what I just said.
But I can tell you what a Catfish is; A Catfish is a man or woman who is not truthful about their identity when talking to others online.
Fishing for Info
A few weeks ago I discovered I was chatting to a Catfish on a dating site, his name was Michael and he seemed both funny and attractive. Then one day he started only replying on Fridays and dropping words like ‘wet’ and ‘sexy’ in his messages like a regular person drops… Uh, cell phones? I don’t know, I’m no good with metaphors, but let me tell you, I drop my cell phone a lot.
Because I am incredibly naïve, I didn’t think to question why this super-hot guy was spending his Friday nights chatting online instead of going out - Hey, maybe he spends every other day of the week sleeping with models and Friday is his ‘sit in and harass girls online’ night? Who am I to judge?
I politely ignored him until I received one particularly ridiculous message, which sent me over the edge: ‘R U hOrny?’
Eugh, I don’t care how attractive someone is; anytime a man sends me a message like that my automatic response is NO!
I decided it was time to do a little sleuthing. I discovered a program called ‘Google Image Reverse Search’, where I uploaded a photo of ‘Michael’ and it showed me everywhere else the picture appeared online. I quickly realized that I was actually chatting to the image of a 24 year old French model named Pierre.
I don’t consider myself to be particularly computer literate. In fact, I am currently sitting in a room with my laptop and a wireless printer, and I cannot for the life of me, figure out how to make them interact with each other. But even I can do this; Image Reverse Search is an easy and straight forward way to find out where an image might be lurking on the internet.
When I told my friends about this 'high tech' way to make sure you were talking about somebody real they laughed and said that was only on CSI. I assure you, it is not. Keep reading to learn how to find out if the person you're talking to online is who they say they are.