Facebook posts..."Name a city without an 'A' in it..."

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  1. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    What is the attraction for so many in the reposted "quizzes" that say something like "Only 1% of you will be able to answer these questions" and the the questions that follow are stupidly simple.

    I understand that the reason for the sites that post this nonsense is to get a lot of traffic redirected to their site. I don't understand the attraction for those that respond. Some seem to do it daily. "Name a city without a A in it...I'll bet you can't", etc.

    Sometimes the post implies that only a genius can answer their questions and of course everyone can answer them.

    Do any of you respond to those types of posts? If so, why?

    I like Facebook (many people don't) but I don't use it to play games or to respond to nonsense like this. Lately more of these kinds of posts are appearing on my "Newsfeed" because apparently I have a few friends that respond to these on a daily basis.
     
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  3. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    London

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    But those who set stupid? things like this have access to computers which will spit out cities without A's in 5 seconds

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  5. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    I just got an email from: noreply@td.com

    ...

    *****PLEASE DON'T REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. THIS EMAIL ACCOUNT ISN'T MONITORED AND YOU WON'T GET A RESPONSE*****

    So I replied: "OK".
     
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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    So how do they know you got it if sending a reply is the same as not sending a reply?

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  8. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks a lot!

    I'll be biting my nails all day. Franticaly checking my emails for an email error message.
     
  9. TheFrogger Banned Valued Senior Member

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    London, the same as Michael345.

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  10. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    It seems most likely that facebook quizzes were created for data mining.
     
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  11. Goldtop Registered Senior Member

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    Maybe they are created for Trump voters?

    *boom sisss*
     
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  12. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    New York, Moscow, Rome, Tokyo, Beijing, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Brussels, Berlin, Quito, Montevideo.... My IQ must be a million.
     
  13. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    I dont like to take tests... especialy sinse im the type person who dont do good on tests... however... over my life i always seem to make a high score when i take iq tests... an as an adult ive taken a few online iq tests - prolly cause its kinda fun to have proof of what i alredy know

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  14. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I was dopey enough to try a science one recently, but realised it was as you say, stupidly easy and clearly some form of clickbait, though for the life of me I can't see to what end. I resist the temptation now, though.
     
  15. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I took an online IQ test that placed me somewhere between Madonna and Bill Gates. That's good enough for me.

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  16. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    I think it's just as simple as driving up traffic to their sites which they are then monetizing much like YouTube videos are doing but at least they are usually getting their traffic "honestly" by providing a video that people are finding entertaining/informative.
     
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  17. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I liked most of those.
     
  18. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Good pont... an even if i didnt have a high iq... at least id prolly still have my sanity

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  19. LaurieAG Registered Senior Member

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    Probably not a good idea to click on any fb link without at least looking at who actually posted the original link because they are usually just trolling for marketing hits. Even if you receive a link as a fb message from a friend, be aware of the consequences.

    Also, don't click on any link if you receive an unsolicited spam email/text as the best you can expect is more spam while the worst is getting malware installed on your pc/phone etc.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clickbait
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spamming
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware
     
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  20. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Also, don't click on any link if you receive an unsolicited spam email/text as the best you can expect is more spam while the worst is getting malware installed on your pc/phone etc.

    Hint:- after the above you put links?????

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  21. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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