Facebook likes, Twitter followers for sale

Behold this blog which resembles the Sahara desert in terms of Facebook likes. It was enough to make a well-meaning reader send a link by way of comment which took me to the page shown above.

“Money can’t buy me love,” sang the Beatles, but apparently it can buy Facebook likes, Tweeter followers and YouTube viewers. “Get up to 7,000 Facebook fans with our service,” says the website, which also promises “thousands” of Twitter followers and “up to 50,000 views quick” on YouTube.

Was I gobsmacked, outraged, rocked to the core of my being by this monetization of likes, which promised fans, followers and viewers in exchange for pelf?

No, I had read a report – last year, I think – about people buying Twitter followers. So I was not surprised to see this website which claimed to be “Singapore’s No 1 Facebook Likes provider”.

I didn’t dig further because I don’t want to pay to be liked, followed or viewed. But thank you, dear reader, for dropping by. It’s gratifying when someone does visit this site.

There had been occasions when – once in a blue moon – there were thousands of visitors, making me sit up and wonder what did I do right. If I knew the answer, of course, I would be the Big Kahuna of the internet, applying the success formula to every post, bolstering my PageRank, garnering Facebook likes and Tweeter followers. But I am not even close.

There’s no short cut to success, say the blog gurus, who have made a career out of teaching how to blog. They advise you to read their books, take their courses, guest blog, engage with your readers, optimize your website for search engines, stuff your posts with key words, produce “killer content”.

If that sounds like a lot of work, take out your wallet. No hard cash needed. A card will do. That will get you noticed.  “1,000 real Facebook fans” for 30 Singapore dollars (about $24), 3,000 for 80, 6,000 for 150. That’s the going rate at “Singapore’s No 1 Facebook Likes provider”.

I can’t vouch for it, not having tried it myself, but it’s a reminder that we are living in the attention economy. Where attention can be bought and sold.