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Tony Abbott on Facebook: 50,000 Indian Followers in One Week can’t be Wrong.

November 25, 2014


Tony Abbott is enjoying a resounding upsurge in popularity in India (if the Prime Minister’s Facebook page is anything to go by).

According to Independent tracking website Socialbakers, Mr Abbott’s Facebook page grew by over 50,000 followers in the space of one week.

In fact, according to the data,  Mr Abbott’s fan base grew by 20,000 followers from India in just one day alone!

Now only a cynic would doubt Mr Abbott’s popularity, given the remarkable success of the Federal Budget and popularity of the newly-coined “efficiency dividend,” so it’s entirely possible that 50,000 fans from New Delhi decided to throw their support behind Mr Abbott’s foray into social media.

Coincidentally there are a number of companies that offer “paid for” services to boost social media “Likes” and “Followers” in exchange for cash in order to give the impression that an individual’s or company’s social media presence is more popular than it actually is.

Known as “click farms,” companies like this one typically outsource the work to impoverished nations where there is no shortage of cheap labour.

The Gutter Trash spoke to one boss in New Delhi who boasted of being “king of Facebook” for his ability to create accounts and then use them to create hundreds or thousands of fake likes.

For the workers, though, it is miserable work, sitting at screens in dingy rooms facing a blank wall, with windows covered by bars, and sometimes working through the night. For that, they could have to generate 1,000 likes or follow 1,000 people on Twitter to earn a single US dollar.






11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2014 3:46 pm

    A spokesman for the PM insists that the growth is “organic,” which if true, means that Tony Abbott is more popular amongst young Indians than any other group!

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    November 25, 2014 3:54 pm

    I’m a cynic …

  3. egg permalink
    November 25, 2014 4:05 pm

    I’m sceptical …

  4. Tom R permalink
    November 25, 2014 8:09 pm

    Considering he jkust met the Indian PM who has apparently around 25 million followers, and who recently put up a photo with him and the lying friar, it probably is just fb being fb.

    I’m more interested in real examples of wrongdoing, such as the whitehouse rort, or even little things like is he still an English citizen?

    Bugger these little fb sideshows when there is a real show going missing

  5. November 25, 2014 8:24 pm

    ”””Bugger these little fb sideshows”””
    Sounds like you`re not a `fan` of dumb-fcukbook either TomR.?

  6. Tom R permalink
    November 25, 2014 8:32 pm

    Sounds like you`re not a `fan` of dumb-fcukbook either TomR.?

    It would be alright if it wasn’t populated by thousands of fuckwits.

    At least here, we only have egg to tolerate

  7. November 26, 2014 8:59 am

    For any of you Fiberal voting fucktards that wondered where idiot boys popularity went…. Credlin “outsourced ” it… Your tax dollars working hard for you…

  8. Tom R permalink
    November 26, 2014 9:33 am

    They’re outsourcing everything Ricky, because they think Australians are shit

    Miserable bastards

  9. Meta permalink
    November 26, 2014 6:18 pm

    (Like, what does ‘organic engagement with the page‘ even mean in a digital context? And who is the innominate-third photobomber? And why aren’t there more likes from Bihar, India; surely TAbbott’s brief Jesuit missionary days left some legacy of lingering fond regard?)

  10. egg permalink
    November 26, 2014 6:42 pm

    Very interesting story on organic engagement, the things you learn at Trash.

    The other thing, which Reb highlighted, is that a ‘spokesman for the PM insists that the growth is “organic”.

    We know what the spokesman intends to convey, but using ‘organic’ is a classic case of Doublethink.

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