Stamford, CT - Internet consulting firm Gartner Group predicts that
growth in peer-to-peer girlfriends will explode in the coming months. "Right
now the P2P girlfriends are in the hands of early adopters in the
tech community. We think that
by the end of the year they will have reached critical mass and move
into the mainstream. We forecast that by 2003, 65% of girlfriends
will be peer-to-peer," said consultant Dawn Haisley.
One of the first movers was Computer Science student Neil Joseph, "I
was pretty pissed when she told me she slept with someone else, but
when I found out she was one of the new peer-to-peer girlfriends
I was geeked. I love being a beta-tester. My friends
are telling me I should leave her, but I know they are just jealous."
The beauty of a peer-to-peer girlfriend is that one peer doesn't
know what the other peer is doing. Anonymity is extremely important
in maintaining the integrity the network. Most girlfriends
report that the speed between peers is more satisfying in a local
network, but anonymity is easier to keep in a world wide network.
Some techies aren't pleased with P2P girlfriends. "These
consultants throw around terms like peer-to-peer and they don't even
know what the phrase means," said networking guru Mitch Mead, "P2P
girlfriends aren't even a true peer-to-peer network. They
are just a client-server model trying to jump on the P2P bandwagon."
Tom Mansfield agrees, "I had a so-called P2P girlfriend, but
she was more like a lyin', cheatin' slut."
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