A very prominent Dubai establishment is giving away lots of prizes to their fans. The establishment have reached xx,000 Likes on their page in Facebook so they want to give back by giving away prizes daily, weekly and a posh grand prize.
How to enter?
Just post what you like about the establishment and ask your friends to “like” your comment. (The main sponsor Facebook page has to be “Liked” first – gaining them another ‘fan’)
Easy peasy. Comment with most “likes” wins.
FACEBOOK LIKING WAS FIRST A POPULARITY CONTEST
…until unpopular people found other ways to win it.
I’d like to point out that while I am not against the contest, I disagree on how it is done. A contest based on Facebook Likes simply do NOT work in general, it only works for CHEATERS. It only creates dark clouds of doubts on the promotion. It stirs angry discussions among people who play it fair.
It is by far, the most easily abused contest online because anyone who has lots of time in their hands can create a free web based email account and in turn, create a free Facebook account.
A Facebook liking contest is easily maneuvered and won by cunning people by creating multiple fake accounts and ‘liking’ an entry using those fake accounts. If an entry gains more hundreds (or even thousands) of ‘Likes’, there’s no way the contest sponsor can check and determine if all the Facebook accounts are legit or not.
And most sponsoring companies NEVER check.
The cheater always win, again and again in a Liking contest by shuffling his multiple Facebook accounts.
I FELL FOR THE TRAP
Who doesn’t love winning free stuff? I’ve won from radio quizzes because of all out effort and draws, out of sheer luck. I know a Facebook Liking contest is a sham but I fell for it – I joined this recent contest by putting in my entry, which I sincerely mean. I really liked the establishment anyway, it’s one of my favorite places in Dubai.
I posted the shameless plug in my Facebook wall (begging to please ‘Like’ my entry), got my friends to do it for me. Entrants were only given 24 hours to gather votes.
I got nearly a hundred votes from REAL people after a few hours.
However, my hopes died down when I saw there were entries with more than 500 ‘Likes’. Now it’s either,
- The contest entrant is a celebrity
- He/she has thousands of friends (with a fraction of it supporting him/her)
- He/she owns an internet cafe and forcefully asked people at knife point to vote
- He/she had multiple Facebook accounts to generate as much votes in a very short time
Of course I did not win. I don’t feel bad for myself but for my friends who took the time to vote for me so I am writing this as a warning to myself not to fall in the trap anymore.
Friends and relative from near and far away, you can breathe a sigh of relief now. I am not going to beg for Facebook votes anymore.
Dubai is a small city and the social network scene is much smaller. Contest junkies almost know each other. I had been warned but I had confidence in the support of my friends (which I got and very grateful for) but the cheaters are more confident because they don’t need to knock on doors, they’ve got the resources in their own hands to win anything they like. I am sure they feel like Gods.
How low can one get for freebies?
Lastly, there had been complaints from other contest entrants but the company sponsoring the contest is not listening. They are silently giving out the message,
Fight all you want. We don’t care as long as we’ll have another few thousands more ”fans’ on our page, REAL people or NOT.