Love for sale – musicians buy online fans
It’s only £30 to pretend that 10,000 people like your obscure band called The Bellends, and you can even buy semi-literate comments to complete the deception and get record companies to sign you up to a hot deal.
Twitter says it’s against their rules to buy followers, while a Facebook spokesperson told the BBC that ‘likes’ that are computer generated will probably be instantly deleted from their system anyway. Youtube will also terminate your account if they suspect you of buying views.
But that hasn’t stopped artists using social networking to generate thousands of fake online fans for their music, even though IRL they’d probably be playing to a fire extinguisher at the Dog and Bucket.
It’s a real shame musicians have to sink so low. I remember when all you had to do was grow your hair and write ‘Smoke On The Water’ and you’d get a private jet and a plastercast of your knob. Good times.