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Clickbait

Every time you see an article on social media, your finger starts to itch and you really want to click it. Well, 90% of the time*, it’s bait and the article is complete bullshit or not what it claimed to be and the link is nothing more than just an advertising platform. Well, here’s Gingell’s guide to spotting clickbait. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then it’s clickbait.

  1. Does the title use exaggerated phrasing like, “the tweet that broke the internet”?
  2. Does it use buzz/polarizing words like “unbelievable” or “shocking” or “Trump” or “Obama”?
  3. Does it seem oddly familiar? Like, does it mention your work by name or something you like?
  4. Does it lead you to believe there’s more by using more exaggerated phrases like, “You won’t believe what happens next”?
  5. Does it promise a heartwarming story?
  6. Does it promise self improvement?
  7. Does it contain anything from your profile description?
  8. Does it use a phrase like, “only 1 out of 10 get this right”?
  9. Does it warn you of impending doom?
  10. Does it give you one item from a list of many items?
  11. Does it tell you to click?

    Sharebait

    Sharebait is a different animal. These compel you to like, comment on, and/or share them. Note that a like and a comment are as good as a share and good comments or bad, there’s no difference. Even those comments calling all the other commenters idiots counts. Many of the above also qualify as sharebait and, as with above, if the answer is “yes”, it’s sharebait.

    1. Does it use the phrase, “share if you agree”, or something similar?
    2. Does it use a phrase like, “only 1 out of 10 get this right”?
    3. Does it invite you to choose from two or more options?
    4. Does it show a picture of starving children, animals in distress, or other shocking pictures?
    5. Does it challenge you? E.g. “I bet you can’t think of a name that doesn’t start with Z” or “what’s 2+2+2+2*0+2”? (It’s 8, but the way.)

    *figure made up
    **this article is clickbait without the ads

    Moto G Plus (5th Generation)

    My last phone, a ZTE Nubia Z11 Mini, was and forever will be a piece of crap.

    “This phone teases you with its 64 bit octacore processor, 16mp camera, and 3gb of RAM, but it’s terrible. It randomly loses application data (apps occasionally start as if they’d just been installed). If you want notifications or accessibility services enabled for an app, you have to lock it so the phone doesn’t close it. You have to explicitly allow apps (such as add-ons to other apps and apps that run in the background like Tasker (as examples, Tasker won’t perform tasks and Greenify’s paid features won’t work without this)) to start automatically or they won’t work. There’s no Google calendar support. No way to directly access Google Settings out of the box. The power button is on the side near the middle–the perfect place for you to accidentally shut off your phone by holding the button for 10+ second. The camera sucks if the subject isn’t less than two feet away. The screen randomly shuts off. It’s dual SIM, but if you want to use two SIM cards, you can’t use an sdcard–it’s either two SIM cards or one SIM card and one sdcard. It doesn’t have NFC. Netflix works fine, but you can’t install it from the Play Store (though that may be a Netflix issue).”
    –My official review

    So I got a new one, a Motorola Moto G5 Plus. It seems promising, so far and it seems to use the unaltered AOSP (vanilla) version of Android. A few minor things I don’t like: no menu button, “back” is on the wrong side, I can’t take out the battery, and the alarm volume starts at 1 for about half a second before ramping up to the actual volume–nothing I can’t deal with.