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20th Oct '17 1:31:06 AM Omeganian
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* ''Hot Line'' (a softcore series from the 90s) has an episode about two coworkers who exchange erotic text emails without knowing each other's real identity. They finally agree upon a RealLife Meeting, get an ElevatorFailure situation along the way, then one of them lets slip some sentence from the chat and... well, they get out of the fixed elevator in a considerably better mood than one would expect.
20th Sep '17 9:00:40 AM Malady
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* ''Literature/GamerGirl'' features a MMORPG version: Maddy takes an interest in a game called Fields of Fantasy and begins playing it to seek solace from her real-life problems. She makes friends with a fellow gamer called Sir Leo. Keep in mind, this is a worldwide game, meaning that Sir Leo could hypothetically be one of several ''billion'' people: [[spoiler: It turns out that they not only live in the same town, but that he's the guy she has a schoolgirl crush on.]]

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* ''Literature/GamerGirl'' ''Literature/GamerGirl2008'' features a MMORPG version: Maddy takes an interest in a game called Fields of Fantasy and begins playing it to seek solace from her real-life problems. She makes friends with a fellow gamer called Sir Leo. Keep in mind, this is a worldwide game, meaning that Sir Leo could hypothetically be one of several ''billion'' people: [[spoiler: It turns out that they not only live in the same town, but that he's the guy she has a schoolgirl crush on.]]
16th Sep '17 6:05:00 PM nombretomado
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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/SouthPark'' episode "Over Logging", in which the Internet is threatened by overuse -- and is revealed to consist of a single gigantic router. And the problem stems from [[spoiler:nobody knowing that the router needs to be occasionally rebooted]].

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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/SouthPark'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Over Logging", in which the Internet is threatened by overuse -- and is revealed to consist of a single gigantic router. And the problem stems from [[spoiler:nobody knowing that the router needs to be occasionally rebooted]].
9th Sep '17 4:34:34 PM MrChips2301
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** "Rose", the first episode of the revival, averts this to some extent -- when she searches the Net for "The Doctor", of course all it brings up are medical sites. ("Doctor blue box" is apparently specific enough, though.) This search in real life will result in results for the series. (Incidentally, as of 2016, the first result on Google for a search regarding "The Doctor" brings up Wikipedia's page on ''Doctor Who'' and four out of the top ten results are related to the series.)

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** "Rose", the first episode of the revival, averts this to some extent -- when she searches the Net [[BrandX SearchWise.net]] (see Real Life below) for "The Doctor", of course all it brings up are medical sites. ("Doctor blue box" is apparently specific enough, though.) This search in real life will result in results for the series. (Incidentally, as of 2016, the first result on Google for a search regarding "The Doctor" brings up Wikipedia's page on ''Doctor Who'' and four out of the top ten results are related to the series.)) Appropriately, if you do type "Doctor Blue Box" into google, than the first result is the official defictionalized version of [[http://www.whoisdoctorwho.co.uk/index1 Clive's "Who is Doctor Who?" website]].
26th Jun '17 8:42:47 PM FPSCanarussia
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* With modern region-specific algorithms, it is sometimes possible to accidentally find someone you know IRL online randomly. Some people may, for instance, comment on a reddit thread without realizing it was posted by a friend of their's.
26th Jun '17 8:22:35 PM FPSCanarussia
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** Actually, it's just the 'first' result they get. Considering they are using a Russian search engine and a plane crash is not exactly minor news, it is perfectly reasonable for the news story to be the first relevant result.
25th Jun '17 5:05:52 AM HalcyonDayz
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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' averts this one. Late in the series, Sakaki types in a search engine "cats", a super-generic search term, and gets thousands and thousands of random matches; then she types "Iriomote cat", also a rather generic search term, and it looks like one of the very first matches is a news article about [[spoiler:an Iriomote mountain cat that died after getting run over by a car, who also seems to be Mayaa's mother]]. Note that the Iriomote cat is a very endangered (due to the erosion of his habitat) species found only in Japan (and very beloved by the japanese as one of their last wild animals) with a population of under 100. A news item about such a rare animal [[spoiler:being killed by a car]] would likely rank highly in most search engines as a very popular news story.

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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' averts this one. Late in the series, Sakaki types in a search engine "cats", a super-generic search term, and gets thousands and thousands of random matches; then she types "Iriomote cat", also a rather generic search term, and it looks like one of the very first matches is a news article about [[spoiler:an Iriomote mountain cat that died after getting run over by a car, who also seems to be Mayaa's mother]]. Note that the Iriomote cat is a very endangered (due to the erosion of his habitat) species found only in Japan (and very beloved by the japanese Japanese as one of their last wild animals) with a population of under 100. A news item about such a rare animal [[spoiler:being killed by a car]] would likely rank highly in most search engines as a very popular news story.



* In ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' (set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture) a character has the username "M" which he apparently uses for everything online. That implies a small Internet indeed. ''Chobits'' also has a technical example where the protagonists visit a video platform and download a video about an incident they occured fairly recently - it's basicly a point-and-done matter because finding said video and downloading it was finished in barely 10 seconds. [[spoiler:Turns out the incredible download speed happened because the house was wired with military-grade technology which allows truly insane leaps.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' (set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture) a character has the username "M" which he apparently uses for everything online. That implies a small Internet indeed. ''Chobits'' also has a technical example where the protagonists visit a video platform and download a video about an incident they occured occurred fairly recently - it's basicly basically a point-and-done matter because finding said video and downloading it was finished in barely 10 seconds. [[spoiler:Turns out the incredible download speed happened because the house was wired with military-grade technology which allows truly insane leaps.]]



* Played with in an issue of ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' when Charlotte the harpy inadvertantly slows a fully-fledged comic book supercomputer down to a crawl by naively trying to "download the internet".

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* Played with in an issue of ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' when Charlotte the harpy inadvertantly inadvertently slows a fully-fledged comic book supercomputer down to a crawl by naively trying to "download the internet".



** As of mid 2017[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Size_of_Wikipedia]] English Wikipedia has over 42 ''million'' pages.



* In the ''Series/{{Boston Legal}}'' episode "BL-Los Angeles", Alan Shore was arguing to a jury that a client (a recent participant on a small-time "reality TV" show, played by Jeri Ryan) was unreasonably harrassed by paparazzi who could track her every move via people reporting "sightings" of her on the internet. In his arguments, he shared personal details of various jurors and court personnel, which he said he gleaned from simple searches on them on the internet--and the jurors were visibly shocked at how much information could be had by any stranger who knew their name and the general area where they lived.

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* In the ''Series/{{Boston Legal}}'' episode "BL-Los Angeles", Alan Shore was arguing to a jury that a client (a recent participant on a small-time "reality TV" show, played by Jeri Ryan) was unreasonably harrassed harassed by paparazzi who could track her every move via people reporting "sightings" of her on the internet. In his arguments, he shared personal details of various jurors and court personnel, which he said he gleaned from simple searches on them on the internet--and the jurors were visibly shocked at how much information could be had by any stranger who knew their name and the general area where they lived.
19th May '17 10:33:49 PM nombretomado
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* Take any case of someone famous, usually someone older and [[TheNewRockAndRoll slightly befuddled by new media and particularly social networking]], who is shocked, shocked! to find that people can and will impersonate them on sites like {{Twitter}} and Website/{{Facebook}}. Boston talk-radio host [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Severin Jay Severin]] recently discovered that, as with pretty much anybody with a visible position in media or entertainment, some fake accounts had been created under his name. Apparently he was unaware that this was even possible, judging by his urgent tone as he explained to listeners that someone -- who was not him! -- had actually ''typed his name into a profile'' and even ''found a picture of him online to go with the account''. What do they think -- that when you create a Facebook account somebody comes to your house with something for you to sign?

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* Take any case of someone famous, usually someone older and [[TheNewRockAndRoll slightly befuddled by new media and particularly social networking]], who is shocked, shocked! to find that people can and will impersonate them on sites like {{Twitter}} Website/{{Twitter}} and Website/{{Facebook}}. Boston talk-radio host [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Severin Jay Severin]] recently discovered that, as with pretty much anybody with a visible position in media or entertainment, some fake accounts had been created under his name. Apparently he was unaware that this was even possible, judging by his urgent tone as he explained to listeners that someone -- who was not him! -- had actually ''typed his name into a profile'' and even ''found a picture of him online to go with the account''. What do they think -- that when you create a Facebook account somebody comes to your house with something for you to sign?
3rd May '17 8:34:44 PM PaulA
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* The MacGuffin in ''Count Zero'', the conclusion of Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'', is an "Aleph": a portable gray box containing a duplicate of the entire contents of {{cyberspace}}.

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* The MacGuffin in ''Count Zero'', ''Literature/CountZero'', the conclusion of Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy'', is an "Aleph": a portable gray box containing a duplicate of the entire contents of {{cyberspace}}.
12th Apr '17 5:28:23 PM Nulono
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* In an episode of {{Numb3rs}}, the investigators set an alarm to trigger whenever someone logs onto IRC as "The_Fist" or Oozemeister". Apparently, there's only one IRC server in the world, and handles are never shared or changed.

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* In an episode of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2rGTXHvPCQ one scene]] from {{Numb3rs}}, the investigators set an alarm to trigger whenever someone logs onto IRC as "The_Fist" or Oozemeister". Apparently, there's only one IRC server in the world, and handles are never shared or changed.
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