Bargain eh? For the cost of a couple of cups of coffees you could boost your social media following. Why not even push the boat out and spend £20 for 2,400 new Twitter fans.
I'm making it up right?
A new business has launched which is offering exactly that.
The company in question is Five Squids, a website which lets the general public sell pretty much any kind of service for a fiver including buying Twitter followers...
...and Facebook fans:
In principle, Five Squids is great idea but as it stands and with the kind of offers users are currently making, I'm certainly not a fan.
Any entrepreneur which chooses to buy social media followers is on dodgy ground. The chances are the followers you purchase won't be interested in your product or service; in fact they probably won't even be real people. To the outside world, it might look like you have lot of fans but what value are they bringing to your company? And if it gets out that you're in the business of buying social media following, how will that look to your genuine customers and prospects?
The PR person representing Five Squids tells me the company is making money. Good luck to them. But it isn't the kind of service I'd be happy to run.