OMG!!! I just popped onto Pinterest and this is what I saw … The actor Neil Patrick Harris has just liked one of my pins!!!
It may be shallow of me but I got a really big buzz from that!
So much so that I straight away posted about it in a great group I’m a member of on facebook ‘Pinterest for Business’ and on my own profile.
But within a very short time I had someone gently letting me down … was this a fake profile on Pinterest?
So as you can see there it looks like it is a fake, but let’s just take a closer look at what gave it away.
This is a screen grab of ‘Neil Patrick Harris’s’ profile on Pinterest.
The first thing you can see on there is that he seems to be following many more people than are following him back, now some celebrities do follow a lot of people on social media but it’s rare to see one that has this kind of following to follower ratio – the other way around would have been feasible!
Secondly there are no links to his fan site, imdb profile, wikipedia page, twitter account or anything else. The twitter account he has is a verified one so if that had been added it would have shown this profile to be the genuine article.
Third, although there are some very amusing pins on ‘his’ boards there are none that relate to his work life at all (an actor that doesn’t self promote even a tiny bit?) and there are also no images that show any pride in being openly gay – and as he is confidently openly gay that is a little surprising.
Fourth, ‘he’ has liked a lot more stuff than he has repinned … and I mean a lot more! Likes is a great way to get a little attention and maybe a new follower – see the effect it had on me! Liking some stuff but not enough to re-pin it is normal – but liking well over 2000 things? Hmmm…
Lastly, ‘his’ profile claims to have repins from Zooey Deschanel … but looking closer at ‘her’ profile below shows you that ‘she’ probably isn’t who she says she is either In fact there are so many re-pins from the fake Neil Patrick Harris board that it looks like it’s done by the same person.
Why would someone go to all that trouble?
Well at the moment the pin’s on the boards are pretty good, I almost fell for it and followed and I would certainly have re-pinned some of these pins. I can’t be certain but I suspect that once a few thousand people are following these profiles would start sending out the pins they were created for – pins designed to tempt you to buy stuff through their affiliate link.
So before you jump up and down and *blush* post on your facebook profile about your brush with fame take a closer look – maybe you will save yourself from the very pink cheeks I am currently sporting!!
Over to you – have you ever been fooled by a fake profile? Please leave me a comment and make me feel better about being taken in so easily!