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Facebook posts like “name a band with no X in the name”

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Summary:

Name a word that starts with G and ends with E and rhymes with Hullible.  Its harder than you think!

No, it isn’t.

And here’s why they do it…..


Details:

Name a word that starts with G and ends with E and rhymes with Hullible.  Its harder than you think!

No, it isn’t.

Or, type “Jump” in the comments and watch what happens. Its amazing!

No, it isn’t.

However, you’re now getting 5 posts a week with something like that. Here’s why:

Facebook likes businesses that have posts with a lot of Likes and Comments.  They use an algorithm called “Edgerank”, and that algorithm loves Comments 4 times as much as Likes, so spammers will use any  annoying techniques to get anyone to put in any type of Comment.

They post a status asking you to put in a Comment with “a band name that doesn’t have an X in it”, and they end up with a post that has a lot of Comments and a lot of Likes.

Facebook will now put that business’s posts at the top of people’s news feeds, because they think that Facebook users are commenting because they like the posts.  Right now, Facebook isn’t smart enough to see this annoying trend and stop it.

These businesses then usually change the page name to be the name of their spam site, where they sell “blue pills”, but because of the posts that had a lot of Comments and Likes, they look legitimate from Facebook’s point of view, so their posts get seen by more people.

And their blue pills taste terrible, Gullible.

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4 comments

1 Chuck Dennis { 03.05.13 at 3:22 pm }

One (of several) thing I have learned from you in the course of our short acquaintance is, not to accept anything on the web at face value. Nothing is “free” on the Interwebs… it’s just a matter of what is being used to “pay” for things. Actually, there are still “free” things on the web, but they are inadvertent free benefits of existing tools, that are unearthed by folks such as you. Thanks for the tips you have shared!

2 Tommy { 03.06.13 at 7:55 pm }

This is your best post ever.

3 patrick_omalley { 03.13.13 at 3:24 pm }

Thanks, CD

4 patrick_omalley { 03.13.13 at 3:24 pm }

Thanks, Tommy

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