There is an interesting trend that I have been seeing lately on social media. People trying to draw attention to good causes like Cancer/Bullying but while doing so, actually bullying others to share the post.
Typically the post will finish with words like “Share this if you don’t support Bullying” or “99% of you won’t share this to fight Cancer”. In both cases it causes those who don’t share to feel bad about their decision. So if I don’t share it, then I a support Bullying or I don’t want to fight Cancer?? So the other day I decided to create a quick graphic that poked fun at these type of posts. As you can see from above, there really is no content to share, but I included a reason why you should share nothing.
99.9% of you will not reshare this. I wonder how you look yourself in the mirror you soulless Jerk?
Originally, when I posted it I was going to include an explanation. But then I didn’t just to see the response. Well if you want to gain attention on social media, create controversy.
Initially the people in my circles got the joke and reshared it and commented. While not doing much on Facebook, it started getting traction on Google Plus. It seems the further out the information goes either the less people got the joke or more mad they were at me for posting it.
Results: 830 plussed it, 684 shared it, and 415 commented on it. By far the most attention any of my posts have ever received. On average here is the breakdown of the comments.
- 30% – Got the Implication of the Post or thought it was Funny
- 30% – Didn’t get it or were not sure why I posted it
- 25% – Were pissed at me
- 10% – Added comments like “hi” or other stupid stuff that didn’t have anything to do with the post.
- 5% – My Comments
Two of my favorite comments were: “If you went away for any reason, like passing away, I’ll not cry for you” and “This is Google Plus not Facebook. Go Fuck Yourself”
Several people made the Facebook comment and yet when I went to their profile, many of them posted the same crap that you find on Facebook. Which made it more humorous.
So please, in the future, encourage, ask, plead, etc people to share your posts but don’t make them feel bad if they don’t.