I’ll be traveling this week for the American Thanksgiving holiday. Blogging will be light to non-existent.
See you all on my return!
It’s not just fake degrees or certification that are being bought in Saudi Arabia (See: More “Faking It”). Buying followers on social media has become a thing, too.
Saudi Gazette reports that an increasing number of Saudi companies are buying what seem to be supporters in an effort to make themselves look popular. In the political realm, this is an aspect of astroturfing, but it works (or doesn’t) in commerce as well.
I think it surprising that Twitter itself says that perhaps 40% of users appear to be fake. And this is the cutting edge of social media?
More Saudis ‘buying’ followers on Twitter
Laura Bashraheel | Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH — In today’s social media world, followers equal power or, at least, indicate importance.
Companies realized the potential of selling followers to users as a way to gain profit by charging a certain amount of money for a certain amount of “fake users” to increase the number of followers.
Would people follow a user who blogs about technology with 500 followers or the one with 50,000?
Since the early days of social media, the number of followers has been associated with value but getting a high number of followers is not easy. Many accounts started popping up under user names such as “increase your followers” or “get followers”.
These accounts ask for people to follow them so they can follow back, to gain followers.
A report published in the New York Times revealed that about 20 million users on Twitter are fake.
Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser said that they have actually taken legal action against some companies promoting the sale of fake followers. He also said that about 40 percent of users look like fake accounts because they only follow people and have never tweeted themselves.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do have a Twitter account for Crossroads Arabia. I post Tweets to all the posts that appear here under the xrdarabia handle. I’ve not been buying followers, however.
I’ll be up in the Washington, DC area for the coming week. While I’ll be watching news of/from Saudi Arabia, I’ll likely not be doing much posting.
I’d like to wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous 2013. Last year certainly had its ups and downs. Hopefully, this year will have more up than down.
I’m back after a very relaxing and wonderful holiday season, ready to watch and comment upon the march of Saudi Arabia into a new year.
Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, but I’m putting Crossroads Arabia on hold for a few days while I travel to California to spend the Christmas with my son.
I’ll be back toward the end of next week.
My best wishes to all who are celebrating this holiday season.
I’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to those Americans (and others!) celebrating the holiday wherever in the world they find themselves today.
I’m taking another few days off to spend on the Atlantic Ocean. My last trip was compromised by high winds — Tropical Storm Sandy, before it got big — so I’m going to try again. Posting will be light through the weekend.
I’m taking a few days’ break, just for the fun of it, exploring Florida’s waters. I’ll be back to posting after the weekend.
Just a note to say that I’ll be writing on this subject, but I don’t want to write about it today.
King extends Ramadan greetings
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, last night greeted the people on the blessed month of Ramadan, which begins today.
The king and the crown prince prayed to the Almighty to unite the ranks of the Muslims and enable them practice the values of the religion in their lives, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said while reading out their joint message.
“In this blessed month, in its days and nights, the noblest Islamic values are spread. The big sympathizes with the small, the rich supports the poor and the entire society shows mercy and affection bringing out the radiant image of Islam and how it shaped the Ummah and how its civilization was established stressing on justice, tolerance and mutual support,” the statement said.