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Why People Make Fake Instagram Competitions

So, you see a post like the one below on Instagram and figure, why not give it a shot?



So why shouldn’t you give it a shot? What do you have to lose?

Well we all hate fake and spammy posts on social media. We also hate people who buy fake followers (mostly a Twitter problem) and then exploit them to get jobs in social media or make money by selling adverts and spamming your timeline. It seems like every month there is a new “fake follower scandal” of some sort.

To remedy this problem, social networks work really hard to stop scrips from signing up for thousands of accounts. These “fake” accounts are also really easy to spot with simple algorithms.

So to bypass all of these checks and systems, scammers have become quite clever. This is the easiest way to get thousands of “real” followers quickly so they can them either sell the account to a less then honourable owner or use it themselves. They or the new owner can then rename the account and claim the influence for themselves or start posting spammy adverts.

So, no you aren’t going to win any free tickets anywhere. You’re just helping some scammers or spammers do their job.

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Don’t be a dumbass, all your followers will think you’re an idiot. Don’t follow shitty accounts like that Kulula one.


Design Flaw vs Idiot

You may have seen in the news that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a “design flaw.” Android Police has widely publicised this with both that article and a YouTube video.

The so called “design flaw” is that if you insert the S Pen backwards it breaks. Either the phone stops detecting the S Pen or the S Pen gets stuck.

Some poor guy at Samsung actually had to respond to this:

We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around.

Very rarely do I side with Samsung on something but this is complete bullshit. It is one thing to expect companies to make a device that is reasonably safe to use but to expect them to recall millions of devices because they aren’t idiot proof is a bit of a stretch.

This is kind of like expecting Apple to recall their Ear Pods because they can get damaged when inserted in wall socket.

FFS people, this isn’t a design flaw. Calm down, be careful and I’m sure you won’t fuck it up. I’ve gone my entire life without inserting the wrong thing into the wrong hole or inserting the right thing backwards into the right hole. But you say “What about the kids, they won’t know better!” well I say, “don’t give your kids your phone.”

Okay, I’m glad we had this talk. Now be safe out there in this dangerous world filled with backwards inserting S Pens.


At least Wired seems to agree with me! They just have some more tact.

[Android Police]

Why Rig Your Own Online Competition?

Whether we like it or not we live in the social media age. Brands try to capitalise on this by hiring social media experts* to interact with their clients.

These so called experts then decide to run online competitions to drum up some support. You know the ones where you have to follow everyone on Twitter and like everything on Facebook and then you never win? Yeah, those ones. The fact that you have heard of these competitions must mean that they are working?

Well now some of the more cunning so called experts have come up with an even better plan. What if you ran the competition but only people with a massive social media following won? What if those “winners” then tweeted about “winning” and showing off their cool new prizes? What we’ve got here is questionable at best but NOT illegal. (As far as I can tell)

This wonderful scheme gives a brand all the free promotion a competition normally creates as well as an extra boost of promotion when the “winners” post about it. With the same cost equalling more publicity, I don’t blame brands for going for this approach. I blame the social media experts who spinelessly suggest this idea to brands.

In the South African context these are the same people bitching and moaning about “Jobs for pals” in the government and then hitting up their socially savvy friends asking them to win prizes without even entering the competition.

That’s not okay.

* A social media expert is someone who is smart enough not to use the c-word or refer to blowing up cripples in Afghanistan. Looking at you FNB. Oh and they also know a few people with a big social following that are willing to win competitions.

Breaking: Massive Google Restructuring

Today, Google announced that it would be restructuring the whole company to fall under a new company called Alphabet.

Google stock will be converted into Alphabet stock. Many of Google’s external ventures will now also fall under the “Alphabet” umbrella.

To to the end user this makes very little difference however it has been reported that this will help innovation within the company.  Google’s famous X Lab will also fall under this new parent company, as will Nest and Google Fiber.

Former head of Android, Chrome, and Apps, Sundar Pichai is Google’s new CEO. As in the smaller Google (made up of search, ads, maps, YouTube and Android) that falls under Alphabet.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin will become Alphabet’s CEO and President.


Opinion: Thanks for the Eulogy Mashable, but Web Design isn’t Dead

Mashable, or “BuzzFeed 2.0” is quickly becoming clickbait central online. It is a thin veil pulled over what is masqueraded as journalism.

Okay, that wasn’t very nice and is quite out of place coming from a lowly blogger like me. One of their “articles” struck a nerve. And then it occurred to me that it was written to shock people. What was true didn’t matter, as long as, people shared the article, Mashable, and their accountants were happy. The article I’m referring to is “Web Design is Dead” presented on Mashable’s home page like this:

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All very ominous now isn’t it?

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