Last night, the news of David Bowie’s death spread quickly over social media. The news came from David Bowie’s official Facebook and Twitter profiles. His official Facebook page has over 6,000,000 “Likes,” and his Twitter page has over 772,000 followers. Though his illness was not public knowledge, the musician’s death comes after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Cheers from a snowy Berlin! Working on some new material!
One tweet, published on January 5th, and a David Bowie picture and account name was all that was needed to gather that crowd. I’m sure you all see where this could lead in the future, what an excellent way to spam people. Pretend to be someone with fans, get them to follow you, trick them to buy stuff that you endorse. Problem is, the actual person your pretending to be isn’t getting any of the action, nor is she or he actually involved.
We better get used to the Twitter frauds. The more mainstream the service gets, the more we’ll see.