Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

LOL! N00b Chinamen!

According to this Reuters article, China has censored my current favorite movie, "The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," for "vilifying and defacing the Chinese." Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), who already has a short role in the film, has been cut down to 10 minutes. From the article:
It [the report from the Xinhua news agency] cited local magazine The Popular Cinema as saying: "The captain played by Chow is bald, his face heavily scarred. He also has a long beard and long nails, whose image is still in line with Hollywood's old tradition of demonizing the Chinese."

"Chinese censors also cut Chow's line in which he states 'Welcome to Singapore' because it hints Singapore is a land of pirates ...," Xinhua added.
Well, that's interesting.

Yes. Yes. Let's sensor the movie even more! As I remember, it's also vilifying the East India Company. Britain doesn't need that kind of abuse. And let's cut out Keith Richards' part! After all, the man may be an immoral rock star, but certainly he's not a villain! And what's up with Bill Nighy vilifying the tale of the benevolent Davy Jones?

Alright, China, I'm well aware of your censory over-load, but come on! Every single one of the characters in the Pirates movies is a villain! We're not denying there were pirates in our past. Maybe your citizens would trust you a bit more if you were honest enough to admit that there were pirates in your past.

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