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What Turkey Decides What Bubble the Rest of the Turkeys are Going to Read?

Every so often--fairly often, in fact--one of my older, obscure posts on will suddenly have a surge in likes. Typically, it's one that is not listed in my Top 100 or on my profile page, so the only way for someone other than me (I have all my URLs in a list) to find them is to Google it, find the link buried deep (as in 6 months deep) on my Old Roads Once Traveled Facebook page, run across the link on another post related to it, or happen on it by chance.

Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

None of these posts have been a hot evergreen topic that a lot of people would search for. In fact, most of them are personal posts, and it's unlikely that they would contain many popular keywords. Frequently they turn out to be multiple photo posts that were wrecked by the site changeover. They're not the type of posts that someone would share and tell all their friends what an outstandingly presented piece of art they are (even though I would like to think they used to be).

So it makes me wonder: What person in the group (and it's obviously a group of some kind) decided that this post is a must read, and how did they find it?

Did someone Google "Birdzilla attacks OldRoadsOnceTraveled"?

Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

The current popular post is "More Photos From the Birdzilla Attack" from back in April. It actually is on my Top 100 list, but I don't know if it was there a couple of weeks ago, or if the rash of recent likes has pushed it there.

Anyone who has been a member more than three months is going to be painfully aware that any title beginning with "More Photos" is NOT going to have more photos . This post, in fact, has none. Zero. Zip. Nada. Nothing but gray where a really interesting picture--one of several--used to be.

It does, at least, have all it's text, being written after optional text boxes were disabled. Not all of the recently popular oldies have exactly been all there.

Did someone hack my list of damaged posts?

Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

In all fairness, Bubblews didn't hack off this turkey's head, as they are prone to do in photos of people. I did. You try taking a picture of a bird that big from inches away when you're expecting it to come through the car window any second.

Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

Many of the members who do this have done it so often I recognize their names in my notifications. I always ignore them, and yet they keep liking. If they were truly interested in what I had to say, they'd be leaving comments, or at least keeping up with my nice, easy to find recent posts. Clearly they are looking for return likes, but you'd think some of them would have figured out by now that my name never shows up in their notifications. So why do they keep wasting their time?

You'd think whoever is in charge of the list would start picking posts that will net them some return on their investment of time. And yet, they keep picking .

Photo (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

Someone clearly got their beak crossed.


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allen0187 wrote on October 11, 2014, 11:43 PM

I've often wondered as well if I come across a 'like' in my older posts, how the particular member found my posts and why he/she liked it. My guess is similar to yours, these are people looking for reciprocal likes and views.

Not gonna happen.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 12:44 AM

Some of my SEO genuinely have a large amount of views because people are searching for that topic. I've made way more money off my original Chick-fil-A calendar post than I paid for the calendar. But it's practically all external traffic (at the moment it's 768 views vs. 39 likes and 11 comments), so it doesn't show up in my notifications. The posts these people (assuming they really are people and not bots) are liking are totally random, months old. Some of them are outdated, and many are broken. The likes come in clusters from the same group of people over a week or two time period. Many of the users that I've checked have posts of questionable origin. In fact if I remember correctly, I think that's how I found my last plagiarizer.

BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 12:56 AM

I love it. I don't keep track much of who likes my posts over there -- just those who comment on them. I've thought of rewriting some of the wrecked ones and bringing them back, but so far I just haven't been motivated. It's actually getting harder to use multiple photos here because the gallery gets very full in no particular order and it's really hard to find my photos I want to use there.

BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 12:58 AM

I imagine they will eventually be discovered and kicked off and you will lose the credit for all those manipulated likes.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:04 AM

If we delete photos from our gallery, will that delete them from the posts?

Most of the time, I do a pretty good job keeping up with who likes my posts. One of the reasons I don't follow more people than I do is to keep down the number of notifications to a manageable level. I interact more off my lists of bubblers than I do from seeing new submissions on my notifications.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 1:06 AM

I think so, too. That's one reason I don't respond to them. Another is they aren't interesting. Some of them aren't exactly stellar writers.

melody23 wrote on October 12, 2014, 7:28 AM

I get lots of likes on my older posts as well, and like you its the sort of 'what I did today' type posts that are getting all these random likes which I find strange.

Scorpie wrote on October 12, 2014, 8:42 AM

Those users are gaming the site with the hope you will go do the same for all of there mind-numbing posts.

Feisty56 wrote on October 12, 2014, 9:30 AM

I don't know much about the "turkeys" there, although this is one of the nicer words I've seen used to describe them. The turkey pictured here is huge, isn't he -- like a bird on steroids. lol

BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 12:59 PM

I wish I knew if it would delete them from our posts. I'm afraid to find out.

Kasman wrote on October 12, 2014, 2:42 PM

BarbRad OldRoadsOnceTraveled - DO NOT DELETE PHOTOS FROM THE GALLERY. Doing so also deletes them from the posts they were used on.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:23 PM

That sounds like the voice of personal experience talking. Can I snicker now, or wait until you aren't listening? (Don't delete your photos, Kas. I like them too much.)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:25 PM

There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to their method. There are much easier posts to find than what you had for breakfast six months ago. And they don't seem to learn that I'm ignoring them. That's why I'm wondering if they're human.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:30 PM

He would have made Thanksgiving dinner for my entire church! And he was going nuts. He'd get in front of the car and peck at the bumper. Then he'd come around to the left front tire and peck it. Then back to the front. Then back to the window to cuss me out some more. I was a little afraid to put the window down to take pictures. He wouldn't let me by either. Every time I tried to inch forward, he'd run in front of the car and stop me. It took me more than 5 minutes to get past him. It was funny after I was safe inside the house, but stuck a tenth of a mile away, it was scary. I hated losing all those pictures from that series.

melody23 wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:31 PM

I highly doubt they are human, after all why would real people bother to interact with people who don't interact back with them, they are not getting paid for liking others stuff, only if they like back which most of us wont be doing.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:31 PM

And--at least as far as this non-reader--they are failing miserably. They're probably making a lot of money from elsewhere, though.

Kasman wrote on October 12, 2014, 3:40 PM

Being one of those people who is blessed (cursed?) with insatiable curiosity I tried it once - just to see what happened. Fortunately, I keep copies of every photo I take so no harm was done when I found out the awful truth - I simply replaced the deleted photo back into the gallery and all was well!

BarbRad wrote on October 12, 2014, 5:44 PM

That's what I suspected would happen. But I still wish we could just upload them one at a time into our posts like we do the intro photos.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 12, 2014, 9:56 PM

Me, too. It does take longer doing it this way.

LoudMan wrote on October 13, 2014, 6:03 PM

Who knows, with those folks? There's no rhyme, reason or response. And now I'm hearing they say they'll "punish" those of us who inquire about missing payments more than once.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 15, 2014, 7:25 PM

I have often wondered how or why some of my older articles on other sites suddenly start getting lots of views. Especially if it is nothing specific that I had written about. The internet and Google sure are strange creatures sometimes.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 16, 2014, 1:49 AM

It's weird that it's never the easy ones or the searchable ones that get picked. And it's the same post over and over for several different days. It's highly suspicious that the one old post should suddenly get such a rush of likes months after it's written. I could see a post suddenly getting a lot of views if it was related to a current event or someone had found it and shared it on social media, but likes can only come from members.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 16, 2014, 12:04 PM

I had an old article on another site take off suddenly and get lots of views. I never did figure out the reason for it. That is strange that members are suddenly liking an old post. I am new here and don't know exect protocol but can you ask admin to check it out for you, if it is bothersome?

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 16, 2014, 12:07 PM

Oh never mind, LOL. I just re-read your post and the article is not on this site, I guess, LOL. No sense wasting your time asking over there! You probably wouldn't get an answer anyway. I had a friend get a suspicious amount of likes on a post over there and she was worried about the payout. I am not sure if she ever got paid or not.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 16, 2014, 12:21 PM

It doesn't amount to a significant amount of likes, and it only happens just often enough for me to notice in my notifications. And you're right, there's no point contacting admin there.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 5:38 PM

With the page view hidden from sight now, it will be a lot harder to see which of the old posts are getting traffic. As for the turkeys just looking for a like exchange, I'm happy we have none of that over here :)

carolscash wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:04 PM

I was not on the site long enough to have that happen much, but I will pay attention. I rarely ever liked anything that I did not comment on.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 17, 2014, 12:40 AM

On the SEO posts, it will be practically impossible to know what is going on since they rarely get likes once they're off the profile page. We could have a post go viral and never know it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 17, 2014, 12:41 AM

It may not happen any more now that they are deleting so many accounts from those areas.

AndyLeeParker wrote on October 28, 2014, 6:11 PM

I wish I'd learned earlier to save all my URL's in a list. It's been really hard to find some of them that aren't on my top 100 list even when I type in the exact title. Luckily, I do have all my posts stored in Word. I love that there's a multiple photo option here! I'd just started getting good at it when they removed the option at Bubblews.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 29, 2014, 12:17 AM

There's a lot of nice things that you're going to like here at Persona Paper after coming from Bubblews.