Thursday, May 22, 2014

Adventures Buying Facebook Likes

I'm starting a community of people fighting injustice and promoting ethical treatment of UUIDs ... or so it says on the Facebook page. Actually that's pretty much all its says on the page which you can see here. The website links to (as of this post).

I really wanted to buy some likes for my new page but apparently Facebook frowns upon this – so instead I spent a couple bucks on real Facebook ads with the expressed goal of garnering likes. It turns out they are pretty cheap and really effective at getting "likes"

I'll let it slide that they rounded down pretty heavily here to get the "$0.01 per like" measure breaking every engineering principle that would have rounded 0.019 to $0.02

Anyway, at the point of this posting, the page less than a week old already has 839 likes – that is more than double the Facebook page for my bicycle horn project which has been up for more than a year.

The only post on the page says "the twitter page is up!" (see below) ... and following the link to twitter reveals a single tweet "the Facebook page is up!" (as of this post)

A large proportion of these likes come from dubious profiles of people who've likes thousands and thousands of things. This profile (NSFW) had 17 friends but liked a total of 1756 things. Other profile photos looked suspiciously like celebrities. So far there is only one legitimate comment on the CAUSE Communities Facebook page – a particularly redundant "I LIKE IT"

In any case I highly doubt these 800+ people are as concerned about the abuse of UUIDs as I am. Why are they liking the page? For more on why Facebook ads will be bad for your business see the Veritasium videos here and here.

Anyway, this UUID adventure is just beginning...

The amazing picture is by Moyan Brenn on,

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