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Seriously, Spam? December 7, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, People.

While taking out the Cyber Trash this week, I stumbled upon this gem in my Spam Folder:

448px-Alice_05a-1116x1492Did you just create your new Facebook page? Do you want your page to look a little more “established”? I found a service that can help you with that.

They can send organic and 100% real likes and followers to your social pages and you can try before you buy with their free trial. Their service is completely safe and they send all likes to your page naturally and over time so nobody will suspect that you bought them.

The comment ended with a link to who-knows-where.

Unlike Alice, I didn’t wish to explore that particular rabbit hole.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. findingmedaily43 - December 7, 2016

I don’t know…. this kind of makes me sad. It’s this what society is coming to… where we can purchase fake likes because our ego needs it to feel important? I’d rather have a tiny circle of friends who really like me (for free!) 🙂

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Insecure Egos need constant stroking . . . but paying people to “like” posts and pages is not apt to improve anyone’s self-esteem.

2. Val Boyko - December 7, 2016

Desperate times … desperate measures? Or simply some entrepreneurial opportunism?
As every older generation would say “what is the world coming to?”

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Abandon ship! It’s going D~O~W~N! 😉

Val Boyko - December 7, 2016


3. Rainee - December 7, 2016

It sort of reminds me of an idea I had today – outsourcing the writing of Christmas cards 🙂

Kate Crimmins - December 7, 2016

There are services that you can outsource Christmas cards too. My friend does it. She sends a list and chooses a card (all on-line) and just like magic I get the card and it’s signed (electronically) by her.

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

WOW! That rather defeats the purpose of sending warm Holiday Greetings to foster connection.


Kate Crimmins - December 7, 2016

I was surprised the first year (because it seems cheaper to just “do it”) but the cards are nice and if it makes her happy, I’m good.

4. Ally Bean - December 7, 2016

WOW! 100% real likes! What a great time to be alive, eh?

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

It really is, Ally Bean. Perhaps the downward spiral started when kids got trophies just for being there . . . even if they put in NO effort.

Now they “need” constant applause, accolades, acclaim and approval. And INSTANT gratification. Hence the demand for purchased likes (and the corresponding glut of posted selfies).

As for me . . . NO APPLAUSE (just throw $$$’s). 😉

5. Don - December 7, 2016

I received a similar thing for likes on Instagram, Nancy. It’s tragic because people actually use them. The level of self-deception and the outward need for a show of personal popularity is so sad.

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Yes! And it’s not just in the youth of today. People of all ages create masks ~> how they wish to be seen.

If we peer closely, we often see their masks slipping.

6. Jill Weatherholt - December 7, 2016

Very sad…

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Very. I wonder if any “Dear Santa” letters ask for “likes” on FB, Twitter, or Instagram?

7. Under the Oaks - December 7, 2016

Creepy.. and sad.

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

The world of social media has created a demand for unreal likes to bolster up an unreal sense of self-esteem.

As Scrooge would say, “I’ll retire to Bedlam.” (Bedlam was a lunatic asylum. When Scrooge says, “I’ll retire to Bedlam,” he means that everybody he’s listening to sounds insane, so he might as well be living in Bedlam.) 😀

8. Kate Crimmins - December 7, 2016

Is that an escort service for facebook? Wow!

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Ha! Great analogy, Kate. Except that escorts aren’t always “organic” or “100% real.”

Kate Crimmins - December 7, 2016


9. Tippy Gnu - December 7, 2016

You mean you’re not going to send me a check for liking your posts? Darn!

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

I thought you and I agreed on a Barter System . . . a prid quo pro . . . an even exchange . . . a tit for a tat (and all that)?

Tippy Gnu - December 7, 2016

Well okay. But I can’t see how I can make a living as a professional liker, when I make these kinds of deals.

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Maybe you can sub-contract with the company who sent me this gem of a spam message? I hear they are hiring extra people for the holidays to: (1) provide organic and 100% real likes and (2) become followers.

10. Tiny - December 7, 2016

I have never read the trash in the trash can, but I did read about such services in an article some time ago. One wonders where this world is going when some people resort to buying “likes” and “follows” to appear popular or ‘trending’ – and others make a sophisticated business out of it. My understanding is that even some blogs have been closed by WP after this practice has been discovered.

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

I don’t usually read through all the SPAM that accumulates. This message looked “almost normal” so it caught my eye.

Interesting that WP discourages the practice. In contrast, I bet that FB encourages people to buy likes and follows because it wants to seem like the place to be. 🙂

11. Joanne Sisco - December 7, 2016

… and I thought this was a joke … silly me. EVERYTHING is possible on social media 😉

nrhatch - December 7, 2016

Social Media has its pros and cons . . . but it is a strange beast at times. Here’s to authenticity!

12. L. Marie - December 9, 2016

What’s sad is that people use those services and purchase fake book reviews. 😦

nrhatch - December 9, 2016

People are a strange breed. 😀

13. livelytwist - December 10, 2016

Numbers are currency on social media in general, not just FB. One of the ‘objective’ ways activity on social media is measured is by the number of likes, followers, etc. It is not unusual for businesses to employ various means and gimmicks to get them. A business or an individual with a fan page who is concerned about ethics and concerned that the story about ‘buying’ likes may come back to haunt them later, will use other means- sponsored posts, promotions, contests, sweepstakes, etc.

Welcome to social media marketing 😉

nrhatch - December 10, 2016

ACK! So glad I don’t need to market my media or drum up trumped up business stats for my blog. To authenticity!

14. pix & kardz - December 31, 2016

seriously!? how sad is that

nrhatch - December 31, 2016

It’s sad . . . and a sign of the times. These days, it’s not who you are that matters, it’s how you are perceived by others ~> “Be a big fat phony fake . . . but be seen as the genuine article and the real deal.”

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