A start-up company called Cloud Girlfriend claims it will create the virtual, social network-friendly girlfriend you don't have in real life.

According to Cloud Girlfriend's Web site, this is how the process works:

Step 1: Define your perfect girlfriend. Step 2: We bring her into existence. Step 3: Connect and interact with her publicly on your favorite social network. Step 4: Enjoy a public long distance relationship with your perfect girl.

There are, however, questions about whether this service will be allowed on social networking sites such as Facebook, which have rules prohibiting computer controlled accounts.

But Cloud Girlfriend appears to be free, so if you want to create the virtual impression that at least one person of the opposite sex finds you desirable it might be worth a shot.

If it does ends up getting banned from Facebook, you can always just go back to pretending your girlfriend lives in the part of Canada that doesn't have the Internet.

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