Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No clickbait for you!

Where the hell did March go? Partly down the tubes via something I've just learned the label for - clickbait.

Oh, you've seen them online. Those irresistible captions, the grabber headlines that hook you into clicking the link to read about something because "you won't believe what happens next" or "you'll never guess what he does."

And oh look! Another BuzzFeed quiz! Because yes, I need to know which character from (fill in the blank show or book or movie) I am, or where I should be living, or what I should be doing with my life (um, not taking these quizzes? but oh, damn, I just clicked so I'll just wait ten minutes for the page to load).

Um, no thanks. I've been disappointed too many times because yes, I did see that coming, and no, it's not the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my whole gosh darned entire life.

I have become clickbait resistant. And now that I'm coming to my senses, I'm not going to waste time on you.

I have my own hooks to craft. But damn, I have to hand it to you. You do know how to hook people!

Do you get sucked in by clickbait? I have some extra repellant if you need some!

9 comments:

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I don't click on the 'what happens next' but I do sometimes take those quizzes. LOL

Maria Zannini said...

I rarely click on stuff unless I know exactly what I'm clicking.

Too many tracking cookies and potential for malware.

My other pet peeve is when friends tell me to click on a link but don't tell me where it's taking me. I won't do it.

If it's information, summarize it, and if it's something else, tell me what it is so I can decide if it's worth my time.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, if I don't know where it's going, I won't click.

Cate Masters said...

I must be a real sucker! But I'm learning...

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DMS said...

I had no idea there was a name for it! I try to resist clickbait, but sometimes it does draw me in. :) I try not to click when I think it will take me somewhere bad- but somehow the quizzes draw me in!
~Jess

Cate Masters said...

There are way too many interesting articles online! I love the inspiring stories I find, but it really does steal time away from my day.

Stephanie Faris said...

Marketers are resorting to some major trickery to get people to click on things! I am immune to a lot of it...what annoys me is when I click on something to read it, and it ends up being a video with a 30-second commercial before it! At that point, most of the time I decide it's not worth it.

Cate Masters said...

I wish I could hire one to write blurbs for me, Stephanie. They make everything sound so tempting!