Post # 1
I have some friends that just got engaged and inserted themselves in a competition for a free wedding photographer. After planning my own wedding and knowing what our costs were, I can understand entering a few competitions!
But, this couple went above and beyond what I would call… normal. They literally posted on everyone’s wall the exact same post. I get it, it’s just a few clicks from a few friends, but it seemed so ridiculous to me to beg all 500 of your facebook friends to vote for you for weeks on end.
Am I just edgy and because I know what I paid for our photographer? Or is there something so ridiculous about blowing up someone’s entire news feed forever? (yes, I removed them from posting to my news feed.)
Post # 3
I have had some local photogs create contests and have had a few similar situations. I think once is okay but the continual harassment to lift numbers can get rude and it makes people resentful. If you don’t do it it makes you to be a bad person or uncaring.
It kind of reminds me of those ” if you care you will paste this as your status” posts.
Post # 4
Mmmm, they really want to win. lol Yes I agree weddings are expensive so if you have the chance to win a free photographer I can see the appeal. I certainly wouldn’t post on everyone wall though and certainly not more than once!! I would vote once and remove them from posting on my newsfeed as you already have.
Post # 5
It’s annoying. I’m constantly getting bombarded with “Vote for my kid in the Cutest Kid Ever contest!”
And you think “Ok, I’ll be nice and do it” and it suckers you into completing 50,000 steps and then you get spam emails for months. No thanks. Learned that one the hard way!
Post # 6
Wow, I’ve seen contests like those and might possibly participate, but I wouldn’t post on everyone’s wall. I’d probably just post on closer friends’ walls, and not copy/paste it either… and then just post it in my own status. Kind of weird to keep posting on everyone’s wall.
Post # 7
For people like that I put them in a special group called, “people who can’t see or post on my wall.”
Not cuz I dislike them any less, just that if you abuse the privilige of writing on my wall, I WILL take it away! 🙂
Post # 8
I have a cousin who does this with pictures of her daughter for free pictures all the time it is ANNOYING…
Post # 9
@KatyElle: yea, I’m guilty of just not doing it when I find out I need to register and make a user name or give an e-mail or something intrusive.
Post # 10
I believe it’s both understandable and in some instances, ridiculous. It’s understandable because you have the possibility of getting something towards your wedding for free. We would all love to get something for our weddings for free especially considering how expensive weddings can be. However, there are some couples who take these contests to the extreme. My friend’s soon-to-be wife entered into two wedding contests at the same time and she send out mass messages, would post her on status to vote for them, post a message on her friend’s wall, and even text messaged people. Of course, I voted for them because they are having a wedding of about 300 people and winning would help them minimize some of their wedding cost. It didn’t take too long for it to become ridiculous and it got out of hand when she began to bug the hell out of people every 10-30 minutes asking for votes by updating her status. The worse part was when she would write statuses saying that if people didn’t invite her then they weren’t getting invited to the wedding. I (and mutual friends) thought that she was way out of line to force people to vote for her which led us to see a different side of her. At the end, I have been inviting to every wedding-related occassion and to the actual wedding but I just have no desire to deal with bridezilla.
Post # 11
I think it’s understandable. How hard is it to ignore a post? But wouldn’t you love to win a prize worth thousands of dollars?
Post # 12
I am so sick of this, and hate it so much, that when I see someone saying OMG VOTE FOR MY KIIIDDDDDDD! and they do it more than a few times, I go and vote for someone else’s kid.
Post # 13
@KatyElle: Ditto. I ignore all requests to vote for anything on FB. It just seems cheesy and lame to me.
Personally, I also think all contests should be more ‘merit based’ I guess. I hate contests where it’s just names being drawn out of a hat. If you want to win the free photography, you should have to explain in 50 words or less why you and your husband are the most deserving. [apply to all other contests here] Therefore, I am hardly likely to vote for someone on any site to help them win something for free.
Ha, how mean do I sound!? 🙂
Post # 15
I don’t mimd at all….in fact I know a girl who is trying to win a modeling contest. you can vote here………………………..hahahaha J/K
Post # 16
This is ridiculous and exactly the reason why i hate contests where the winner is picked solely by the quantity of votes. It’s unfair to those who don’t have 863 Facebook “friends” and relatives and workmates and neighbors and whoever can be argued into voting for them.
A winner should be drawn by an independent jury or person and not based on his/her social circle.