Spreading Lies and Gaining Data

kaylarStarred Page By kaylar, 28th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3pcg06lh/
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A promised follow on to the article Spreading Lies and Enjoying It which was published a few months ago

Prologe

An Internet friend was discussing the article; “Spreading Lies and Enjoying It”. It was based on a total fabrication of a jail break by one of Jamaica's 'stars'.

It could have been easily proven untrue, yet the lie choked the bandwidth for many hours until someone had the sense to ring up Jamaica and learn that nothing remotely connected had occurred.

A Triond user wrote a report of a well know actor’s suicide. The actor, of course, didn’t commit suicide unless that’s his ghost we’ve been seeing.

The article was totally fabricated, and despite the fact it was the only report of the actor's death, still received millions (not exaggerating) hits.

The Story

For the purpose of experiment a psychology instructor selected a B list actor. Someone most people never heard of who went into oblivion about ten years ago after a small bout with fame.

The article was an 'interview’ in which he admitted he was gay. It was posted in a Content Farm.

It was not networked. It was posted and 'abandoned’. (The experiment had a number of features, but I am only focusing onone).

The Result (part 1)

The article languished on the publishing site as all non-promoted items do.
This is a fact.
If you don’t immediately start promoting your articles as they are published, they will have no hits.

Over time unpromoted articles will collect a few hits from other members on the site but other than that, it will be ignored.

Until somehow the words, the names, are found by a Search Engine.

And this is what happened.

After two months of ignominy, the article began to receive hits. Hundreds of hits. This is because, as not totally unexpected, it was copied and posted on a number of blogs.

These blogs, having a higher rating than the Content Farm come first in a Google and other Searches.

Hence, if one had entered the actor’s name in a Search box, one would be taken to the Blogs, not to the original article. Some of these Blogs linked to the original article which is where the hits came from.

The Result (part 2)

Once the Blogs scored front page Googles, the original article was removed

The Blogs however, retained the information they had cut and pasted.

During the past year, periodic checks with the Blogs, show the ‘interview’ maintaining its integrity.

On a few, the fact the 'source' had been removed is mentioned, on others, which have absorbed the article, there is nothing 'behind it'. No way to know where the 'interview came from, no way to check its veracity. It remains as if based on a real event.

What the Experiement Sought to Prove

Among other hypothesis, the point that people believe what they read on the Internet has been confirmed. True or false is not weighed; It was posted therefore it is.

Just as the Ulsterman Report has been able to bypass common sense and become 'fact' so as to be quoted by New York Post, almost anything can be posted and become 'true' in the minds of most readers.

That the facts can be checked, easily checked with a Google or a phone call, they very rarely are.

Tags

Belief, Blogs, Credibility, Gay, Internet, Lies, Scam, Ulsterman Report

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author avatar rarity
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes, I know that a lot of people are fabricating stuff just to gain viewers or hits.

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author avatar Lady AIyanna
29th Apr 2012 (#)

The best way to get yourself adverstised is to get yourself a sponsor and rely on all the various types of Marketing Channels that help promote you including other sources. Personally, I use social networking but now that it is getting bigger, I have to look at other avenues of advertising to break out into the mainstream market.
The way you get through business is to your name first and then build a brand and with it bring sponsors and then launch yourself into the big stage and without anyone telling you what you are, who you are etc. They will see it for themselves and then settle down to go, Wow!!! What just hit us....

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author avatar Lady AIyanna
29th Apr 2012 (#)

BTW, I got deleted from Triond by a group of lying kniving friends, I picked myself up wrote here, got over 30000 views a month and this is between 25th December till the 3rd of February 2012 when I decided enough was enough with online sites and went to market myself around the world and build my name and notoriety, now its time to show it to the world and no suicides and death is not an option, its the will to live and survive that people look at and respect about you.

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author avatar Buzz
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Great to see you again, my friend. Loved your writes.

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author avatar kaylar
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you...I had this article for a bit of time so thought I'd publish it

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Yup, it is easy to fool people on the Internet. Nice to see you back writing Kaylar.

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author avatar kaylar
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Been busy on other sites (which pay much more)

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author avatar Buzz
2nd May 2012 (#)

Really beats me why Wikinut pays sooooooooooooo little!!!! And most writers goooooooo awayyyyy!

The amazing part is, they don't care what we say!!!

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author avatar kaylar
2nd May 2012 (#)

Further, where you know on the 10th you'll get your pennies from Triond, you don't really know if/when you'll get your pennies here

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author avatar Legend
2nd Dec 2012 (#)

Does this mean that promoting your writing through blogs could convert said pennies into greater cash value?

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author avatar kaylar
2nd Dec 2012 (#)

What happened in the experiement is that already popular blogs copied the article and published it as their own. A few referenced the Content Farm so that persons could read the 'original' there.

If someone who has a popular blog mentions your item, (and doesn't copy and paste it) people will come to your article.

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