I have always questioned how girls are able to fill up their Facebook friends lists so quickly and achieve Z-list Facebook fame by hitting the magic “5000 Friends” limit with very minimal effort, aside from the obligatory daily selfie of course.
My account after 4 years in good standing hovers around the 1500 friends mark despite a weekly cull and not a selfie in sight. Admittedly, I never speak to most of them, but all of them are connected to me in some way through either mutual friends or girls who I added purely on an impulse because they had a nice pout.
As a former Club Promoter it was pretty much an industry requirement to add every guest and their extended family to Facebook after a night-out, purely so you could spam them with you next “roadblock” event the following weekend. That’s my excuse at least, but it got me thinking….
Just how easy is it to achieve “Facebook fame” and what happens behind the scenes on these accounts that on the surface appear to be so successful?
My journey into the seedy side of Facebook began with creating a profile obviously and after a little bit of ‘market research” — I quickly discovered that the most “active” profiles online in terms of activity are those of girls 18-20 years old, dark haired, but most importantly look very young….
It took me seconds to find hundreds of suitable profiles, but a girl from Bogota, Colombia ticked all of the boxes — She was 18 (but looked younger), she had a few pouty selfies and already had a bit of a following. All of the ingredients needed to propel myself into Facebook superstardom I thought.
Within 5 minutes, my fake profile was created using the stolen photos and the basic info was filled in, making sure to “like” a few relevant pages int he process.
The hardest part about “filling” a Facebook account is the first few friends that you add. Facebook sets a very strict limit on new accounts adding friends, and if you have too many “declines” of your requests, then your account can be blocked instantly. It’s also worth noting that people are now are becoming much more “wary” about a random request from a profile with no account history. So this wasn’t going to be easy getting the ball rolling, or was it…
I started firstly by adding myself into a few groups. The first group was a “dating group” with 4000 members and the second was a “lad’s banter” group with a similar amount. After 10 minutes my request to join was accepted and I uploaded a stolen selfie into the first group, along with the caption; “Hey boys! I’m looking to date! lol xx he he”
The second group (lads banter) was even easier, I didn’t even need to upload a photo. I simply wrote, “Morning Dickheads!” and within seconds my inbox was full of thirsty men, begging for my WhatsApp! It really is that easy. Here is a screenshot of my first post to give you an idea of the activity it received.
At this point my computer started vibrating like an ewok doing a breakdance and I had to turn the volume down due to the annoying but now familiar sound of a fresh message request. In-fact, within 5 minutes I had been poked so much, I began checking myself for bruises. This was far too easy, surely this is too good to be true? And it was….
Sadly, there is a serious price to pay for “online popularity” as I would soon discover…
I logged out, forgetting about the stir I had caused in the groups, before returning a few hours later to see whether much had changed. Upon logging in, I was met with over 1400 friend requests and pages upon pages of unread messages offering me everything from; money to sex — mostly from Indian men or Arabs who made up about 90% of all my notifications.
Included in the unsolicited emails were more dick pics than I could shake a stick at. Asian dicks, black shlongs, white woodpeckers etc — my inbox had been rogered more times than a walky-talky and despite my best efforts of blocking, a fresh tiny-tim would come in quicker than I can get them out.
What exactly do these men expect? Am I supposed to fall madly in love with them upon seeing their unkempt ball-sack? Has that technique ever worked on a woman, ever…? Let’s not forget that this is a girl who looks no older than 18 years old and these men are mostly well into their 50s.
Within 3 more hours, I had hit my 5000 limit for friend requests and had over 500 followers and growing. The more I accepted, the more people would obviously see others add me and join in the queue which made the whole thing snowball.
I didn’t know this prior to my investigation, but there is also a “call” facility on Facebook which made my Facebook freeze numerous times due to incoming chats. The worrying thing is that when I declined their calls for a “video chat” they would follow-up with an email calling me a “bitch” for ignoring them or asking me why i’m such a slut.
Facebook is a very scary place, and there are some really fucked up people on there that seem to think this behaviour is normal. The level of creepiness is on another level and thank god i’m not a young girl on Facebook as monitoring my Facebook would become a full-time job! Amazingly, within the space of 48 hours, the account stood at 3000 people following me on-top of the 5000 confirmed friends I already had giving me a “Fan” base of 8000 beggy, desperate men.
I have now deleted the accounts, but it is certainly food for thought as whilst having a big following online appears cool, the baggage that comes with it makes it much more of a headache than it’s worth from my experience…
Have you been sent creepy messages? Does this sound familiar? Comment below…