“Larry Bergman”, Overstock’s sock-puppet

By Felix Salmon
December 12, 2009
Here's the friend list of "Larry Bergman", the Overstock-financed sock-puppet who helped to generate the notorious list of friends of those who are critical of crazy Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. Gary Weiss has the details of exactly how that list was generated; although "Bergman" never asked me to be his friend, he friended a few friends of mine, and that's all he needed to see my own friends list.


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Here’s the friend list of “Larry Bergman”, the Overstock-financed sock-puppet who helped to generate the notorious list of friends of those who are critical of crazy Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. Gary Weiss has the details of exactly how that list was generated; although “Bergman” never asked me to be his friend, he friended a few friends of mine, and that’s all he needed to see my own friends list.

The funniest part is that “Bergman” claimed to work at Goldman Sachs, and to have the email address sellrshort@gmail.com. You really can’t make this stuff up, but the problem is that public ridicule has no effect on these people. I guess they’re a bit like David Zinczenko that way.

Update: “Larry Bergman” has now been removed from Facebook, but Judd Bagley, his puppetmaster, has popped up on TBI, saying that he was “a composite” and “a simple labor-saving device”.

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