How To Get Massive Backlinks By Fooling The Major Media With A Fake Story (I.E. Aptiquant Hoax)
I was reading Mashable a few weeks back just to see what was popular. I saw a post that was one of their most popular posts. Here it is. It is still up with 77,291 tweets as of this post. Basically the story says this Canadian research group Aptiquant did a study showing the I.E. 6 users had lower I.Q.s than other browser users.
This story spread out through the major media like wildfire. This was a true viral linking campaign par excellence. Thousands of websites linked to the Aptiquant website. Something smelled fishy when I read the story so I did my own take off story saying that a Quaker Tech Group found that Safari users were the most aloof and another story saying I.E. users were the most kind hearted.
Well, it turns out the whole I.E. I.Q. story was a hoax perpetrated by Tarandeep Gill, a Vancouver-based programmer and entrepreneur. Here is the story about the Aptiquant Hoax.
The major blogs and news media are so desperate for new content that they all just jumped on this story without really checking it out.
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It just shows you. If you come up with the right B.S. and sell it right the media will climb aboard.
Here is a handful of blogs which discuss the story. Some got it was a hoax others have not.
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