A few weeks ago I was Blog Hopping and saw a link to the Crock Pot Girls Facebook page. I immediately hit “Like” and was excited to see 30,000ish fans posting recipes and chatting away. In the days after I noticed more and more of my Facebook friends had also “Liked” the Crock Pot Girls page, and I thought nothing of it. In fact I kinda prided myself that I had “discovered something first.”
Today on Facebook I saw mention of the “Crock Pot Girls Drama” and how it may have been a “bot” that generated literally hundreds of thousands of fans for this page – putting it over Facebook pages such as Rachel Ray and Hungry Girl; two Nationally known websites. Upon Googling, I found hundreds of sites – both in support and opposition – for Crock Pot Girls. I also looked on their Facebook Page where I am a fan, but all looked fine – no sign of the “drama.”
So I started asking my friends… “do you remember ‘liking’ the Crock Pot Girls Facebook Page?” EVERYONE said yes. Everyone.
One friend said that someone was even talking about the Page at her child’s football practice – recommending it to the other moms. Another said she “Liked” them just last week after hearing some other friends rave about them.
So why would people think that this is anything more than a fantastic idea that has brought remarkable results?
Many bloggers have dug into the fact that the domain CrockPotGirls.com is registered to a man who is a self proclaimed “SEO Expert” and affiliate marketer – insinuating that the three ladies paid for their fans, therefore making them less legit. However one fan defended the Crock Pot Girls, claiming that the man is actually one of the girls’ brother in law.
There is also talk that it is a “virus” or “bot” that when one person “Likes” the page, that it automatically adds their friends list to the “Likers” number. Even weirder it has been speculated that the “bot” was creating false profiles as “Likers” since many of the profiles have little to no activity on their page. Either of these of course are against Facebook’s Terms of Service agreement.
So is this a hoax or just another “Crabs In A Bucket” story where people are looking for a way to tear these ladies down, instead of supporting and celebrating their success? Well, no one really knows…. yet. As several have said about the Blogosphere “the truth always comes out eventually” and it will eventually be known just exactly how three moms in Texas have had a record breaking few weeks on Facebook.
I hope – for their sake – that the bad things that ARE being said are wrong, and that really and truly, 1 million + other people just like my friends and I saw the page, and hit “Like” – not that a computer did it. I think the story of three stay at home moms to become such a huge internet sensation that quickly – and it be legit – would be fantastic! And if nothing else, all of this Crock Pot talk has gotten me to dust of my beloved slow cooker to try some of the hundreds of new recipes that the “legit” Likers have shared.
So what do you think? Hoax? Legit? Crabs in a Bucket? And were you a “legitimate Liker” to their page?