November 17, 2012

Pajama Musings - The Facebook Experiment

Those of you who like entering giveaways know that nothing comes without a price. You need to fill out forms, comment here, share there, and then of course, the not-so-holy-grail of bowing down before the Gods of Social Media sites. Like me, follow me, and like me some more.

Some folks don't mind going to extremes for another tiny slice of a chance of maybe winning that $50,- Amazon GC. After all, we all could easily find uses for it, right?

While I'm a one-entry-kind of person when it comes to having giveaways on my blog, I very rarely ask you to follow me. And now I have decided to drop the whole following stuff for all giveaways starting with my 2nd Blogoversary Giveaway in December. I know that my blog has got a fair share of loyal readers, some dropping by more regularly than others, and many of them being a lazy bunch when it comes to commenting, but heck, I'm not exactly the queen of commenting myself despite being an avid reader of other blogs.

Anyway. No more dancing the like-me-shuffle in my garden. Of course, you may still boogie through my blog posts and dedicate a tango to my reading challenges, but no more frantically jumping around trying to get rid of those thumbscrews of doing this'n'that.

But. Yes, but. I went for a little experiment. Just to see, you know.

I joined the Have It Your Way Giveaway which would actually be a good candidate for yours truly to enter herself, seeing how $200,- would come in real handy. The giveaway is open for a whole month and has been running for roughly two weeks now. A Facebook link is free, so no investment on my part, as I'd like to add. Now take a guess how many followers I gained within the first week!

For the records, I started out with 55 fans!

24 hours  202 fans (+147)
48 hours  249 fans (+47)
72 hours  282 fans (+33)
96 hours  307 fans (+25)
120 hours  321 fans (+14)
144 hours  338 fans (+17)
168 hours aka as one week later the fan count has risen to an astounding 352 fans!

An average of about 15 new fans kept on trickling in each day after that. Now let's not rule out the slight possibility that a handful of those who became fans in the past ten days did so because they want to follow my blog that way and didn't get lured in by this giveaway hop.

By the time this post goes live there is a total of 440 fans on my FB page!

Speechless? Yep, that pretty much nails it. I mean, I am a self-proclaimed giveaway whore and when I have the time I will enter them aplenty, winning awesome stuff and sometimes, let's be honest enough to admit this, awful junk too. If it's something I really want though, trust me to like fan pages. All my Facebook friends can vouch for this - I will like more fan pages in a week than some people use the bathroom in a month. I think. I didn't do the math, exactly.

Either way. Fascinating as the result might be, this has been my first and last participation in such an event, because let's face it, these kind of likes are totally worthless. With any luck maybe one or two might actually check out my blog. Not throwing out my fan page from their newsfeed the first chance they get? Yeah, right. Possibly maybe un-following after a given time? You bet! Well, at least if they even remember liking the page in the first place.

What is your take on this? Do some bloggers only want to give their ego's a boost by reveling in rising follower numbers on half a dozen social media sites? Is it nothing more than a bribe? And even more so, is all fair in love and blogging?

15 comments:

  1. i prefer readers to followers for my blog i guess. after one year i still haven't reached 50gfc members but i don't mind. I'm doing what i can how i can so if someone likes my blog and wants to follow great, he just come reading: good that's all i don't have facebook but i'm not planning on starting an account to like or to be liked

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    1. I guess many think that readers equals followers, but this is definitely not the case. Quality over quantity. And while it is nice to see new followers pop up, what really warms my heart is when loyal readers as yourself :-) drop by.

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    2. thank you ( i'm reading each post but not commenting on each one^^ but it's important for me sometimes to show you that i don't forget)

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  2. I was JUST thinking this, this morning as I watched the water boil for my morning tea.

    Do I really need more followers? Yes, I do. I am making up for something that I lack -- an ego.

    With the past giveaways that I have been hosting, it has been proven that there are TONNES, tonnes and GAZILLIONS of giveaway-whores on the internet. But WHAT can I do to make them hold their interest in me? That is the question.

    But you know, despite the high probability of hooking some from the millions of giveaway-whores, only 0.001% turn up at my giveaway. HOW SAD IS THAT?

    This brings me back to my first question I asked myself -- Do I need more followers? Yes please.

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    1. It's usually over morning tea that thoughts like these strike ... and if it's any comfort, I know that many only visit my blog when there are big giveaway hops, but I also know that a lot of folks come here as they obviously enjoy the blog content.
      As to winners - you can never be sure in the first place if someone who enters (or even wins) will stick around or not. All I can say is, be consistent, blog regularly, interact with fellow bloggers, and most importantly have fun - the rest will follow (pun intended, ha).

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  3. By the way, if I could get a tip or two from you regarding the "168 hours aka as one week later the fan count has risen to an astounding 352 fans" phenomenon, please? :)

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  4. I don't have many followers but those who do follow my blog comment quite regularly and I love that! When i first began blogging I used to participate in quite a few memes (I generally avoid give aways) that had this follow-me-and-I'll- follow-you concept. I figured that was a good way to build a reading base. However, I found that most followers did not share my taste in books, and so comments on my blog barely existed. And then I started participating in literary memes where I met my kind of readers. And though they are few, they are a bunch who love to hop on over an comment on what you've written...so it's all good now. :D

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    1. I know what you mean - it's also taken me a while to build a readership that actually stayed for the long haul. Similar tastes and connecting with fellow bloggers certainly helps in that regard!

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  5. That just shows that people will like you or follow you as long as you have something to give away. How sad is that?
    Yes, it is aboth a bribe AND an ego boost for some people who measure their own quality by quantity.

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    1. In hindsight my little FB adventure looks very much like an ego boost too, but trust me, this new fan number feels just plain awkward. Good thing that I only created that fan page to offer people an additional way to follow as it is rather convenient when you're on FB often.

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  6. Wow, that is a lot of fans! I didn't expect it would be that many in such a short time.

    Anyway, to answer your question, and as a reply to Rikki too: it boosts my ego enormously that I have 700 followers on my blog without EVER having required anyone to follow me because of a giveaway. Rikki, this quantity does boost my ego, because obviously the only reason people have for following my blog is the... quality. Nothing is gained if you follow my blog without intending to read it.

    So, while I have wanted to required following for some giveaways, I don't do it because I don't want to "taint" the current levels of followers with "false" followers.

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    1. Well, you probably know that I rarely ask people to follow in giveaways and have now decided to drop this completely. I noticed that my follower count (through GFC, not on FB, mind you) is still rising ... even in times when no giveaway is open, imagine that!
      Still I must admit, that in the beginnings when I had maybe 50 or 100 followers I did ask to follow, because YES I wanted more followers showing up in that little widget. Needless to say, that was then, and now I know that follower numbers are not what's important - it's the quality you deliver and a loyal readership however small (or big) that might be.

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  7. Um, you know me, Birgit, I don't do Facebook often because I don't like its ability to spy on everything I do while I'm logged in. So I very rarely like something there and especially not for a giveaway unless it's one of few UK publishers. However a lot of people practically live on FB so for them it's normal. Each to its own I presume *shrug*

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    1. Oh come on, I always enjoy your great vacation pictures on FB! :-D
      But seriously, I have to do something about my apparent addiction to liking fan pages by the dozen, but what!?!?

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