Taking a Page from “McDreamy’s” Book

Poster for the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love”

Can’t Buy Me Love

Twenty years before he would be known as “McDreamy” on the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey starred in a better-than-average teen movie called Can’t Buy Me Love (produced under the unfortunate working title Boy Rents Girl). You can probably guess the plot from the title and poster: geeky guy attempts to become popular by paying the head cheerleader to pretend to be his girlfriend; hilarity (and later, a relationship) ensues.


FakeYourSpace takes the Can’t Buy Me Love approach and applies it to social networking sites. Their service, which is supposed to become available today, lets you pick from their roster to “friends” with head-cheerleader-good-looks to pretend to be your friends on your MySpace, Facebook or Friendster page. For a mere 99 cents a month, these fake friends come with good looks (they’re photos of models) and will post comments on your pages.

Here’s some copy that was on their site earlier this week:

FakeYourSpace is an exciting new service that enables normal everyday people like me and you to have Hot friends on popular social networking sites such as MySpace and FaceBook. Not only will you be able to see these Gorgeous friends on your friends list, but FakeYourSpace enables you to create customized messages and comments for our Models to leave you on your comment wall.

They ran into a little trouble recently:, the source of the “friends'” photos, objected to their use of their models photos. Apparently there’s an agreement in the license that states that the photos cannot be used in such a way to make people “think that the model endorses” the product, Web site or person for which they are being used. This report says that FakeYourSpace founder Brant Walker was looking for alternate sources of model photos.

As of this writing, FakeYourSpace isn’t up and running. Going to their URL currently takes you to a GoDaddy “coming soon” domain parking page.

FakeYourSapce screenshot


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