Perhaps I need a sockpuppet. I could work him with my left hand and he would follow me around and sing praise whenever I open my mouth or post something online. I can’t shower *myself* with praise. No way! That would be gross. But a good sockpuppet? No one will know it’s me. And everyone will hear all the great things he says about me and will join right in. More and more people will pile on. The likes and hearts and follows will explode. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be propelled to the winner-take-all circle! Yes! That’s it, a sockpuppet.