Article by Wendy McCance
I have always felt that when dealing with people you have met on the internet, you need to be cautious. People can portray themselves as anyone they want if they are savvy enough.
These days, one of the common themes of many companies and even individual people is to buy clicks. You can get a company to supply Facebook likes or fake Twitter users so that you look like you are someone you really aren’t.
When I look at my Facebook page and see that I have 170 likes, it makes me proud. Sure it’s not the highest number, but all of those likes happened organically. I have never made people “like” my page before they saw an article and have ignored requests by others who have asked me to “like” their page and then they would like mine. Really? What’s that going to do for me knowing that some of my “likes” were not based on the fact that people just enjoyed my information and wanted to show support?
When I am on Twitter and see someone is following me, I always look at how many people they follow and how many follow them. I also look at what they have to say. If the person following me doesn’t have great information to share and if it just looks like a bunch of fake Twitter accounts are following the person, it turns me off.
I know that the web is full of people just running after numbers while providing no substance, and I am just not interested in following that path or associating with people of that mentality.
I am after authentic information and real interactions, so I will take my 170 “likes” and my 1,305 Twitter followers and celebrate the fact that my numbers reflect real people with true feelings. In a world full of things that aren’t as they seem, I love that what I have surrounded myself with is genuine.
What about you? How do you feel about all of the fake Twitter accounts and companies that pay for fake “likes?”
Here is an article on the subject that shows just where these social media platforms might be heading with more and more people concerned about numbers over substance. Social Media Clicks Become Big Business
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