We’ve all seen them. Clickbaits. Sexy, alluring, tempting “stories” that appear at the end of an article you are reading pretty much anywhere:
“15 Hot Celebs who turned into sweathogs, you won’t believe #10”
“Ugly kids who turned into supermodels, #6 is HAWT!”
Yeah, I generally ignore such, but once in a while, out of pure curiosity, and making sure that my malware is up to day, I peek. Without fail, I get a web page so bloated and flooded with popups, motion graphics, banners, autostart videos and CRAP, that nearly every time my browser freezes or crashes. Psssssst! Guess what…all that does is piss me off and any advertiser who shows up on those pages gets a large negative impression when I do happen to be looking for something! The “One Weird Trick” ad approach died about 10 seconds after being released.
Flipboard has to be one of my most-used applications on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’s a simple to use news aggregator that lets you create your own magazine of topics that interest you and share with like minded people. It’s a handy tool for the show to come up with ideas and topic trails to follow.
Up until recently, the BoomertechRadio Magazine on Flipboard was a holding place so I could find stories to talk about quickly when producing the weekly show. We had followers, a grand total of 17 or so for a very long time. Soooooo what happened in the last week or so? A check of Flipboard showed in excess of 250,000 people following the BTR Magazine. Now I suspect something on the order a bot…or several that has inflated the numbers artificially, much as I love the idea of a quarter of a million folks wanting to know what I find interesting. Stay Tuned.
**UPDATE** As of today, I am back down to just 20 “followers” so curiously my fame of a quarter million fans was a very temporary warm fuzzy.