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1,000,000 likes will save this poor kitten!


How often do you see pages that have such an awful title on Facebook? Once a day? Twice a day? Depending on who you’re friends with, you might see them more than that. Annoying aren’t they?

But, have you looked at how many likes the page has? Or how many likes the picture of the cute kitteh playing with a dog has got? Or how many shares that picture has got? Look really carefully.

Take a look at this page but please, for the love of God, do not like the damn thing!

http://www.facebook.com/i.lost.s1

For those that can’t be arsed to take a look at the page, here’s a quick screenshot;

How to get suckers to like a page

Aside from the fact that 655, 655 people like the page – I mean, what are the odds that I’d find it at that number? – is a cool coincidence. The fact that 655, 655 people like the page is astounding! Not only that, but 2, 489, 769 people are TALKING about the page. That means they’re commenting, sharing, suggesting likes, inviting friends etc to take a look at this page!

When you read through the page, nothing on it has anything to do with drugs. There are pictures of kittehs azking if dey kan haz toona, ‘which one is female’ photo comparisons, good looking models; female and male, firemen with six packs and so on. Every single one of those pictures has an amazing number of likes, shares and comments.

So, what’s the point of this post and – more importantly – what’s the point of those pages? Marketing. Money. Money and marketing. If you use Facebook you’ll know that you can create pages at any time and then change the name of the page at any time. This means, that if you can get 1,000,000 schmuks to like a page, you have a page that has 1,000,000 feeds into what is essentially a captive market.

Let’s say I create a page that says a number of kittens and puppies will be killed unless I get a million likes, and I get those million likes. I can then approach Umbrella Corp and say ‘I have this very popular page. Want to buy it?’ What company wouldn’t want a page with that many people liking it and talking about it? All they have to do is sprinkle pictures of kittens and puppies in amongst their product placement, or sprinkle their product placement in amongst kittens and puppies and they’re going to get more exposure than they can shake a stick at.

I’m almost tempted to do it myself, but right now my morals and ethics are threatening to punch me in the balls. Now there’s a title! 1,000,000 likes and I’ll film myself getting punched in the balls! NOT.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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