Fake Facebook friends
Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
13 November 2018
Fake Facebook friends, just like MySpace
For a short while, I was becoming a Facebook junkie. Er, perhaps the word junkie is too intense. Rather, my use of the site had become routine in my day-to-day. Truthfully, I spent far too much time absorbed in nothingness. It wasn’t until the news of Facebook sharing data that my time on the site went caput. Cambridge Analytica drama aside, I had become sick of fake Facebook friends.
This facet hearkens to the time of MySpace. Back in its formidable days, folks had a personal page they could update. It was fun and a relatively innocent way to get in contact with old friends and off-handedly learn some coding in the process. Then came the bands. Droves and droves of bands. All seeking a path to fame by way of gaining a quick fanbase (the millions of MySpace users).
And the easiest way to do that was to pay for friends. Consequentially, I jumped ship to Facebook (like everyone else seemed to). Little did I know many so-called Facebook friends would be fake too.
Leaving MySpace was all due to those damn MySpace bands and endless friend requests. It begs the question, how many real fans do any of these bands have? And how is that so different than the fake Facebook friends littering Facebook now?
“MySpace had lost all humanity and functioned solely through attrition. A new swarm of fake Facebook friends creeps the social media giant ever closer to being irrelevant. Just like MySpace.”
Fake Facebook friends feels familiar
While browsing Flipboard, I stumbled across an interesting article on the band, Threatin. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of them, nobody has. What makes them newsworthy is they accrued nearly 38,000 “paid-for” Facebook friends. That matters as they used that information to deceive a host of top-rate venues overseas and book a tour with opening acts and the like.
When the shows finally happened, only two to three people attended. A far different number than the hundreds of fake attendees pilfered by the illegitimate promotional agency, StageRight. In actuality, Threatin may deserve a level of fame for being the most ingenious band ever.
Granted, the whole experience is an expose on pay-for-friend extremism. But heck, if this isn’t one of the very tenants that killed MySpace I don’t know what is. At the pay-for-friends zenith, MySpace had lost all humanity and functioned solely through attrition. A new swarm of fake Facebook friends creeps the social media giant ever closer to being irrelevant. Just like MySpace.
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