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You Know You Want To Click On This But Don't You've Been Warned

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posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:46 PM
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This is in Education and Media because it speaks to the little "tricks of the trade" that the media uses to draw our attention.

This morning I was googling the California wild fires to get the latest news and of course dozens of articles popped up each with similar article titles so I scrolled through them to decide which one to read...when I saw an article with basically the same article title as the rest but with the addition of the phrase "celebrities flee their homes" so no more thought was necessary, I clicked on that one. And it turned out that pretty much all of the articles included the celebrity information but their's weren't the ones that I clicked on first.

So, what was it exactly that compelled you to click on my thread title? And how could I have improved it's effectiveness?




posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:50 PM
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I clicked on it because I wanted to tell you how the internet is awful enough with all the clickbait, and ask why you added more.

You clicked the link that mentioned celebrities because you obviously care about them. Now your personal ranking for looking at celebrity related stuff went up a notch, and celebrity related adwords will be used to target clickbait for you just a little bit more than it did yesterday.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:50 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants

For some dumb reason, I pretty much click on all the threads on ATS.

So that's my answer, probably not what you were hoping for.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:54 PM
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What compelled me to click on this thread?
It was at the top of the list.

What could have improved it’s effectiveness?

Having some interesting content, because next time a title looks clickbaity I am not clicking on it, but I probably will cause I always do.

You got me, I hope it feels good!

reply to: MissSmartypants



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:57 PM
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It's obvious that you were hoping to see a Kardashian on fire.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:58 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants

We all clicked because humans are nosy



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 02:59 PM
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you are ATS clickbait...lol



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:00 PM
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I clicked on this just to reaffirm my views on what ATS has descended to

Wasnt disappointed



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:02 PM
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originally posted by: lordcomac
I clicked on it because I wanted to tell you how the internet is awful enough with all the clickbait, and ask why you added more.

You clicked the link that mentioned celebrities because you obviously care about them. Now your personal ranking for looking at celebrity related stuff went up a notch, and celebrity related adwords will be used to target clickbait for you just a little bit more than it did yesterday.
What I was getting at is what makes good click bait? There's got to be some sort of formula worked out that they're using on us.
From my replies I'd have to say anything that irritates people and makes them want to tell you off works pretty good.

Well anyway as I always say..."Made you look!"



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:03 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants

I looked at the title and though Nah I'll leave that one then looked again and saw someone had replied so thought, ah maybe it is worth checking out just to see what they are replying too.

And fell into the net.

You know it's cruel to hold a carrot on a stick in front of a donkey and curiosity - well cat's beware.

The worst click bate is in the Adverts that we see on site's not only ATS, thing's like Have you seen how this star or that star look now which attract the morbid curiosity in the small part of our brain's, we all fall for it and if we did not then the advertising industry simply would not exist - at least to the size it is today - then again perhaps we would then have far better politician's in all country's - or just maybe worse?.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:06 PM
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originally posted by: ketsuko
It's obvious that you were hoping to see a Kardashian on fire.


OMG! if this is ever shown on the internet, I need links immediately ! lol

I clicked because you said not to. I'm a rebel like that.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:10 PM
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I clicked because I thought it was posted by 'MissYOGApants' and wanted to check out your avatar.




I'll show myself out.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:11 PM
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originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: MissSmartypants

I looked at the title and though Nah I'll leave that one then looked again and saw someone had replied so thought, ah maybe it is worth checking out just to see what they are replying too.

And fell into the net.

You know it's cruel to hold a carrot on a stick in front of a donkey and curiosity - well cat's beware.

The worst click bate is in the Adverts that we see on site's not only ATS, thing's like Have you seen how this star or that star look now which attract the morbid curiosity in the small part of our brain's, we all fall for it and if we did not then the advertising industry simply would not exist - at least to the size it is today - then again perhaps we would then have far better politician's in all country's - or just maybe worse?.
I saw a thing once where they put a WAIT HERE sign in the middle of a mall and as long as they had at least one person already waiting there others would get in line as well even though there was no indication as to what they were waiting for.
Same thing.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:11 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants



So, what was it exactly that compelled you to click on my thread title?

Because I like to live life on the edge and I'm a manly-man, and I felt you were trying to call me a sissy. And no one calls me a sissy.. no one! So as soon as I read the title, I clicked it so fast and it felt great reaffirming my manliness.

Don't mess with me.




posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:11 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants

I clicked because of all those flashing coloured lights and that pounding techno music!!!

Don't you hear it?

Also, if someone tells me not to do something I'm pulled in like a sucker.

Every time.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:14 PM
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originally posted by: knowledgehunter0986
a reply to: MissSmartypants



So, what was it exactly that compelled you to click on my thread title?

Because I like to live life on the edge and I'm a manly-man, and I felt you were trying to call me a sissy. And no one calls me a sissy.. no one! So as soon as I read the title, I clicked it so fast and it felt great reaffirming my manliness.

Don't mess with me.

Don't mess with you? I'm pretty sure I already did.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:15 PM
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a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Sissy.




posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:17 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants

But unfortunately it back-fired bigly because now I know without a doubt I'm a dare devil and it feels great.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:18 PM
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a reply to: MissSmartypants

Been warned about what? I click all the new threads.

Now I've lost interest.



posted on Dec, 12 2017 @ 03:19 PM
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originally posted by: Tulpa
a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Sissy.





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