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September 16, 2019 Holiday Thanks 5 comments

Does this statement, “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing.” look familiar? It's a new trend that is flooding most of the comment threads of some.

The cause of these comment trend are basically from post spamming. It started from Facebook accounts that use an auto-commenting program to regularly post content on several Facebook pages. Some of the phrases being used are the following: “New top fan share ko lang”“Waiting for my top fan badge!”, “New Top fan! I recommend this!!”, “Top fan checking in …” and the latest is the “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing”.

The main purpose of spammers spreading these kind of comment is to eventually earn a Top Fan badge to get perks like comment highlight, raffles prizes, and fan ranking. The Top Fan title is given only by Facebook to those who are active followers who leaves comments, likes or reactions to the page.

After a wave of comments spammed, a lot of people actually joined the trend and unknowingly became part of the spam spreading across the social media pages. This type of trend is known as “CopyPasta”, where a block of text copied and pasted across the internet by individual through social media platforms, to the point it becomes spam.

Origin

The exact comment phrase originally started from IGN page last May 9, 2019, when a group of trolls flooded their comment thread with “Wow cool post IGN, thanks for sharing“, as a sign of protest for posting non-gaming related content.

Wow cool post, thanks for sharing! Facebook, for the past week more or less, has been affected by this comment. It's a new trend that is flooding most of the.

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Do you find yourself saying thanks a lot on social media? Ever thought WHY you do that?

In this article, I am going to tell you to stop thanking people. Have I gone mad? I'll tell you why...


I've been blogging for over two years now and it's encouraging to see a lot of people sharing my articles. Some of these people share straight from my blog using one of the social networking share buttons, or from my RSS news feed in Feedly or perhaps on the blogging network, Triberr. I am extremely grateful to these people and I do try and respond to as many of the people who share my articles to say thank you.

But why?

Why do I say thank you on Twitter? A strange question, you ask?

No Thanks!

Being encouraging is part of my nature and I value politeness very highly. I always say please and thank you in real life, so surely it's the same on social media?

Well, kind of...

The thing is, sometimes a "thank you" can lose its value in the noise and sheer volume of posts.

Do you find yourself replying, sending a direct message or commenting with the following?

  1. "Thanks for following me. Looking forward to reading your tweets!"
  2. "Thanks for sharing :-)"
  3. "Thanks for the awesome RTs"

All of the above examples are very polite and encouraging, but what do they actually mean? Have you thought about the meaning of your "thank you" messages or are you just doing what everyone else is doing?

Don't get me wrong, I am doing exactly the same- but recently I was made to think about whether all this thanking was doing any good. I have marketing consultant, Mark Schaefer to thank for that. Thanks, Mark... (oops...!)

It was one of Mark's blog posts entitled "Why I Stopped Thanking People on the Social web" that made me stop and think.  Do read it- it will give you an idea of what I am referring to.

In the article, Mark says that the tipping point came when someone tweeted him:

You are too damn polite... Stop thanking people, will you!

Ouch.

Mark then went on to say...

I knew he had a point. I had reached the thank you tipping point. So I stopped.

This saddened me. I hate it that the more popular you become on the social web, the less engaging you can be. Isn’t that ironic? The very characteristic people appreciate is doomed over time. Authentic social media engagement is not scalable.

I think Mark makes an interesting point.  Social media is about creating meaningful content or building meaningful relationships- and that includes replies.

It's also about knowing who is in your core community and knowing why people are sharing your content in the first place.


Translating Thanks

So, coming back to the above example "thank you" messages, let's do a bit of translating. Could it be that the above messages could mean the following?....

  1. "Thanks for following me. Looking forward to reading your tweets!"
    TRANSLATION: This is an automated message because I am too busy to send you a hand-crafted one. I might be interested in reading what you say although to be honest I probably don't have that much time to read any of them. I was hoping to reach 10,000 followers, and I'm almost there. Basically, I have no idea why I am tweeting you to say thank you for following me, but it seems like the polite thing to do....
  2. "Thanks for sharing :-)"
    TRANSLATION: I am genuinely thankful that you shared my article, however, I don't have the time to properly engage with you, but I wanted to say thanks because that's the right thing to do- my mummy/mommy & daddy taught me to be polite.
  3. "Thanks for the awesome RTs"
    TRANSLATION: Thanks for retweeting some of my tweets to your followers. I haven't thought about it, but come to think about it, some of your followers may have seen my tweets in their timelines. That's quite good really and it gives me a bit of exposure. Please do keep on doing it! I don't really talk to you much on Twitter, but I do like the fact that you're doing my marketing for me.

OK, please note that I had my tongue firmly in my cheek with the above, but I hope you got my point!


Taking up the Opportunity

Part of the issue that Mark Schaefer was referring to, was the lack of value of a "thanks for sharing" type of reply. It's not quite meaningless, but once you start sending out dozens of these a day, they are going to lose their value.

How about doing something a little different?

Instead of just thanking them, why not introduce them to someone else they might find interesting? How about reading one of their articles and giving some feedback? You won't necessarily be able to do that with all your replies, but you could create an opportunity and build upon the relationship.

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Be Encouraging!

We've missed something though and it is a biggy...

Encouragement.

Most of us like to be encouraged. If we don't get any feedback it can be a bit depressing. Words of Affirmationis one of the 5 Love Languages (read the book if you haven't already). Each of us accepts and give love and attention in different ways, but one that works well on the social web is Words of Affirmation- encouragement.

I love it when someone leaves a comment on my articles, but the truth is that most readers of blogs don't.

Talk to most bloggers out there, and they'll tell you the same- they wish they had more comments. The same goes for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. It's great when someone replies, mentions us or leaves a comment.

However, which would you prefer- 20 "thank you for your article" one line comments or 5 longer comments where they share their thoughts? We need to be encouraging but also add value to the conversation. That's how it is in real life, so why should it be any different online?


"Thanks" Replacement Ideas List

So what should we do instead? I'm not saying we should never just say thank you, but in most cases, you should always be looking to make your engagement more meaningful.

So here is my "thank you" Replacement List.

  1. Ask them what they think
    Ask them what they thought of one aspect of the article. If your article was a list of tools or services, ask them what their favourite was. They may not have read the article, but your tweet may quickly remedy that!
  2. Let them know what you think
    If they have a website or blog, have a visit and read an article. Reply to let them know you've visited with some thoughts.
  3. Introduce them to someone new
    If you've not engaged with them before, check their profile. If relevant, you could introduce them to someone else in your core community they may find interesting. Being in touch with your community is important.
  4. Share a relevant article
    If relevant, share a similar article that you have written
  5. Ask them to subscribe
    Recommend they subscribe to your blog or email newsletter. Use Twitter Lead Generation Cards
  6. Be funny
    Tell a joke or share something funny- make their day!
  7. Encourage them
    Encourage them by sharing with them something you like or admire about them or a quality you see in them.

Using Commun.it to help you

"That's all very well", you say, "but I don't have enough time!".

I  understand- I have the same issue. However, that's why spending time thanking everyone without a strategy isn't going to help you!

Firstly, make your own "thank you" replacement list and save it somewhere where you can easily access it. In order to make things easier, we are going to use a tool called Commun.it* which is a  Twitter Relationship Management Tool. You can quickly respond to people who have shared your content. Commun.it segments people into influencers, supporters and engaged members. For more information see my Complete Guide on Using Commun.it.

With your "thank you replacement" list to hand, you can quickly go through your pending replies and mentions and actually engage much more meaningfully with the core people in your community. You may discover people who you haven't engaged with before- people who you didn't realise were in your community. This is the power of Commun.it.

The best way is to go through the different feeds in Commun.it- one at a time. However, remember to plan!

I'd recommend using the prioritized feed as well as consider to reply and high-value members. As well as that, make sure you monitor tweets containing links to your blog posts- if you do this you can quickly go through the monitoring feed too.

Here are the feeds in Commun.it:

  • PRIORITIZED FEED (the most important pending mentions and people for you to action)
  • FOLLOWERS (consider to reply, re-engage, to follow, unfollow, new followers & new unfollowers)
  • RELATIONSHIPS (high-value members, influencers, Supporters & engaged members)
  • MONITORING (people tweeting posts containing your keywords or links)
  • LEADS (potential people to follow relating to certain keywords)

What do you think?

So, have I got you thinking? Do you agree or disagree? Do you have a plan or strategy in how you engage with people using social media? I'd love to know. As always, please leave your comment below (even if it is a "thank you for your article!" comment!)

 

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Netizens flood comments section: “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing.”

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Wow cool post, thanks for sharing!

Facebook, for the past week more or less, has been affected by this comment. It’s a new trend that is flooding most of the comment threads of some popular Facebook pages. It looks to seem out of the blue. What the hell is up, exactly?

Sorry to disappoint. This isn’t a result of appreciation for “cool posts” on Facebook. It all started to protest against a page named IGN(an American video game and entertainment website). If you open the facebook page, you will see the thousands of same comment. On 9 May 2019, a group of people flooded the page’s comment thread with “Wow cool post IGN, thanks for sharing“, as a sign of protest for posting non-gaming related content.

According to a Reddit user, “many trolls are trying to get IGN to stop posting by spamming them because IGN is too woke these days. They are commenting the same comment because according to Facebook’s algorithm, on flooding the same comment again and again in a post, the Facebook detected it as a bot and spam the post and sometimes page too. After that many people joined in simply because they saw other people doing it without knowing why.

It quickly unfold throughout IGN posts, and therefore the rest is history.

 

Some are saying that these comment trend are primarily from post spamming. It started from Facebook accounts that use an auto-commenting program to frequently post content on many Facebook pages. A number of the phrases getting used are the following: “New top fan share ko lang”, “Waiting for my top fan badge!”, “New top fan! i recommend this!!”, “Top fan checking in …” and also the latest is that the “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing”.

The main purpose of spammers spreading these quite comment is to eventually earn a top Fan badge to get perks like comment highlight, raffles prizes, and fan ranking. If you are on Facebook, then you may be aware of the social networking service’s “Top Fan Badge.” This specific badge is awarded to users who actively interact (like, share, and comment) with certain pages or groups.

After a wave of comments spammed, plenty of individuals truly joined the trend and unknowingly became a part of it. This sort of trend is understood as “CopyPasta” and it’s not new.

How to Block these Comments

So, if you are an admin of an page and want to avoid these comments showing in your comments section, you may check the Moderation Settings of the Facebook page.

To do that, go to Settings > General.

Look for the Page Moderation, then paste the exact phrase to block.

Click Save Changes to use.

Doing this will mark those comments as spam and therefore the page admin can approve or delete the content. This is also the most effective way to hunt users who do these spam comments.

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Talk to most bloggers out there, and they'll tell you the same- they wish they had more comments. The same goes for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. It's great.

Facebook trend: “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing”

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  • Here’s why the ‘Wow cool post, thanks for sharing’ is making rounds on Facebook
  • Comments sections in some Facebook pages have been flooded with the phrase, “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing.”
  • Badges are beneficial to both fans and page admins

If you are an active Facebook user, then you would be familiar with comments like, “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing.”

This comment is basically a copypasta. A copypasta is internet slang for any text that gets copied and pasted over and over again, usually done by netizens on online discussion forums and social networking sites.

The “Wow cool post, thanks for sharing” comment all started with comments on the official IGN Facebook page in early May 2019.  The people who were commenting on IGN’s Facebook page were described as “woke.”

The origin is still not clear, but this is the best theory out there so far.

What’s up with the "Wow cool post IGN, thanks for sharing" comments all over IGN’s posts? from OutOfTheLoop

Some are saying that trolls are responsible for this while others say that people make this comment to get a Facebook Top Fan Badge.

The Facebook Top Fan Badge is a designation rewarded to the most active participants of a Facebook page. The user’s name is then shown with a gold star.

Since its release, the badge has been the subject of numerous jokes and memes regarding its perceived social currency.

Facebook created the Top Fan Badge to help pages build relationships with their audiences.

A user will get rewarded based on how often they comment, share, react to, or watch a creator’s content, as well as the creator’s interactions with the fan and other criteria. Fans can opt in for this experience, and they can turn off the feature at any time.

This comment has become so commonplace that Karen Davila, a well-known journalist in the country, made a reference to it as she retweeted a post about how the leader of the number one party list in the polls, ACT-CIS, was actually associated with President Rodrigo Duterte.

The post was tweeted by Jason Park, saying, “The bots are malfunctioning after they’ve served their purpose in the election.”

Davila captioned it, “Cool post…thanks for sharing,” with a smiling emoji at the end.

Netizens had something to say about it.

https://twitter.com/B74Fatima/status/1129072627861950464

https://twitter.com/ReneGuidote/status/1129124670270107648

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