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When a Facebook Pic Goes Viral – The Power of Sharing

Posted on | October 28, 2011 | No Comments

Goin' Viral!

Goin' Viral!

A little while ago, I wrote a post titled, “Stop Sharing!”. My friend who works at ShareThis was mad about that one, but I was talking about business practices, but not fun stuff like pics, videos and blog posts. Well today a pic went around of a clever Halloween costume. A guy in dressed as a Jack Daniels bottle and his little boy dressed as a pack of Marlboro’s.

Here’s what Timothy Straub said on his page when this first happenned:

O.k. WTF? What is going on with my FB page. Yesterday I got 2 friend requests from people I don’t know. Today I find out I have 18 more. I have gotten 2 from people I do know and accepted them, but what’s up with all the others, all of the sudden? Anybody else have this happen?

This obviously wasn’t intentional. Then when he realized how much his picture got shared he said:

Due to the increased demand for my friendship I am now implementing a new friend accepting policy. If you so desire to be my friend please make your request the usual way through Facebook. But then also include a message explaining who you are and why you would like to be my friend. Requests without this extra documentation will be considered to be less important than those with. If I cannot determine who you are by your profile picture and info available to everyone on your wall I will be forced to assume you are phishing and deny your request. Please understand that my viral status has forced me to take these actions. Thank you for your understanding.

He actually made a rule about his friend requests. Right now, this picture has been shared almost 10,000 times!! This is a guy with only 117 friends! Does anyone else find this fascinating? That’s some BIG numbers.

Now can YOU think of a viral idea for YOUR business? It’s pretty hard to do it on purpose…