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Follower Management

uSocial – a Twitter follower buying scam?

disclaimer: The linked site is mine also, but the topic affects a Twitter tool so it is being cross posted

On TheSocialNetworker, a commentary on the viablility of uSocial was brought up and can they justify paying their fees to accumulate followers:

They make large promises to deliver a certain number of followers in a certain number of days.  At a cost.  Their biggest promise is 100, 000 followers in 365 days for a minor $3,479 (normally $4,970).  That is an incredible increase from an account that has no followers up to even a few thousand. The first alarm was the simple fact that uSocial themselves only have ~15, 500 followers at the time of writing this posting.

As you can see they are a paid service that offers you more followers by letting them do something with your account.  My guess it automated following which many accounts can turn out to be bots.  Judge for yourself, but we wanted them listed in the catalog.

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Professional bio: Chris Miller, known as IdoNotes across the web is based in St Louis, MO as the Director of Messaging & Collaboration for Connectria and the Founder of Spiked Studio Productions.. Connectria is one of the largest IBM hosting and remote management partners. Chris speaks globally at conferences and events including: View Admin 2003-2009 View Admin Europe 2003-2008 Domino 7 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Real-Time Collaboration Seminar Lotusphere 2003-2012 ILUG 2008, 2010 ULUG 2009, 2011, 2012 Collaboration University 2006-2010Domino Optimization Tour 2010 BLUG 2011, 2012 NLLUG 2010 AusLUG 2011, 2012 Other awards, events and information: Founder of IamLUG - the North American Lotus User Group event held annually. 2009-present Chris, via Connectria, is a Lotus Award winner 3 times and a finalist 5 times since 2000. Winner of the Gary Guthrie Award for Technical Writing in 2002 Previous board member of the St Louis Domino and Notes User Group Previous board member of VALU (the predecessor to LotusUserGroup) Advisory Board member to LotusUserGroup.org Chris is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions which produces industry related podcasts, webcasts and more. Shows include: IdoNotes - one of the longest running Lotus related technical podcasts BlackBerry Today - a video podcast on the hottest device, application and BlackBerry/Playbook news Consultant In Your Pocket - deep technical webcast training delivered free and subscription IdoSphere - a two day online technical event TheSocialGeeks - a leading social media roundtable podcast Sametime Guide - a video training tutorial on installing and administrating IBM Sametime TheSocialNetworker - a social media site review webcast and interview series now including Social Stalking content on social media security and privacy Certifications: PCLP since Domino R4 in administration and in Development through R5 Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging Domino 7 and 8 Certified Security Administrator Sametime Administration 7.5.x-8.5 CLP Collaboration (retired certification Aug 2006) CLI for numerous administration areas including Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections Yes I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out. Animals: One dog, a Puggle. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me. A ninja death cat. I only see her when she strikes Music: Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks. I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.

Discussion

8 thoughts on “uSocial – a Twitter follower buying scam?

  1. I would like to provide everyone with the emails I was shown to test this service. All of us running companies are aware that the more followers we gain, the more the stigma is that your business is successful and worth following or buying from. So why wouldn’t it entice every business just trying to keep up with what society had demanded we do which is -be popular online.
    I tested Usocial out and bought the 1,000 likes for facebook page. This was the cheapest plan they had so I started with this. The promise of a money back guarantee is what made me put my usually very high guard down and buy into the gimmick. As always in life, the old saying, if it seems to be to good to be true, it probably is” was something ringing in my head about one week info the purchase due to emails that were excuses on giving them time to keep the money and not deliver results.

    Below are the emails they sent. No results were given.
    I would like to recommend a few things to get them back for this:
    1. Call your bank and dispute the claim.
    2. Write an online complaint to the bbb . org against Usocial by looking up the company that took the money out of our account which for me was
    BANK INFO : PLI*USOCIAL Plimus,Inc 11/16PLI*USOCIAL
    3. find other outlets such as this one who have written popular reviews that is high up in the search results for blasting their service and calling them out and leave comments verifying it to be true by sharing your story.
    4. write your own blog, or if you feel the need, share with your following what happened. you would be surprised how many fans and followers will respect the honesty of why you tried to buy followers and understand that your just trying to grow your business.

    USOCIAL EMAILS TO ME TILL THEY STOPPED WRITING BACK:

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for your order and we look forward to fulfilling it for you.
    We have received your order confirmation and now we only require your Facebook fan page URL. If you could email this to me as soon as is convenient for you, that would be great. We recommend that you pause any other promotions you have running, as this can interfere with the numbers we used to calculate your order.

    Regards,

    Misty L.
    Customer Support — uSocial . net
    misty@usocial . net


    *** Want to partner with uSocial to resell our fantastic Twitter, Facebook and YouTube marketing services to your own customers? Head to http://usocial.net/partners now for more information. ***

    *** uSocial . net is in no way affiliated with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Propeller, Mixx or Del .icio .us ***

    —-

    Hello Melissa,

    Your order should be starting any time now.

    Regards,

    Misty L.
    Customer Support — uSocial . net
    misty @ usocial . net

    —-

    Here is my Complain submission to Better Business Bureau at bbb . org

    Complaint Description:
    This company is linked to the business who removed 124.10 from my account for the purchase through Usocial . net internet marketing services. Not only did they not live up to their guarantee stated on website, but the emails were false, stating results would be seen 5 days after purchase. no results were ever delivered. no email responses to solve the issue were responded. upon research online, other customers claimed same issues. Stating they had never been delivered the services purchased, no proper correspondence from company, and no refunds. With the claim of a money back guarantee and not living up to this or providing services and stating false emails that results would be seen soon, verifies a scam. I have contacted my bank and deputed the claim.

    Your Desired Resolution:
    I would like to warn others of this Scam. From my business with this company and reading several reviews of the service not completed and no money back as they claim to offer. This needs to be addressed.

    This case will be reviewed by a complaint specialist at the Better Business Bureau, and then forwarded to the business for their response. It is our policy to allow the business 10 working days to respond to your complaint. You will be notified when the business has responded.

    *******Feel free to use parts of this for your own submission.

    Posted by Melissa | December 3, 2011, 1:02 pm
  2. I ordered 1000 twitter and facebook fans and kept asking amost daily to them why haven’y my fans increase? They replied a few emails acting professionally but never reply after the forth emails….

    It’s a scam, cheat and I hope no one order anything from them and be cheated, a lesson learn, beware!

    Posted by Being cheated | July 3, 2011, 2:17 am
  3. DIDO! Do not use this company! I ordered facebook fans and after almost 2 months didn’t get a single one. Asked for a refund and they stopped answering emails.

    PLEASE do not spend a dollar with them!

    Posted by Scammed | April 3, 2011, 11:44 pm
  4. I got screwed out of $87 for 1,0000 twitter followers. They emailed me the day of payment and asked for my twitter password. I gave it to them and they have sent no followers and have not responded to any of my emails. I changed the password back and notified their credit card processor that they are indeed a scam.

    Posted by Mike | March 27, 2011, 9:06 pm
  5. Yeah, I’ve been a victim of usocial.net as well. They’re scums of the earth that should be thrown in jail. I strongly advice everyone to stay away from that site. What a wack job

    Posted by Elle Parks | July 12, 2010, 3:45 am
  6. uSocial is 101% CON, Biggest Scam there CEO in Australia has been arrested for over 100,000 USD SCAM, We have lost over 10,000 USD with them for our clients and Brands, Please don’t get conned! Instead use http://KIPL.Net a Humble Indian firm!

    uSocial Scam

    http://Twitter.com/jjjehengir

    Posted by Jasmine Jehengir | July 5, 2010, 7:41 am
    • I would not use you either because either you are a liar or an idiot. How else would you lose over 10,000 USD with them if you were not an idiot. You are not a good advert for your own firm. I would retire and quickly.

      Posted by June | October 31, 2012, 2:02 pm
  7. uSocial.net is the biggest scam on earth!. If you have guts try them and I can assure u that ur monies are gone!

    uSocial is the biggest Scam in the Social media marketing space ever!

    usocial scam is for real, stay away from it. I have been robbed and so have many others!

    http://twitter.com/jjJehengir

    Posted by Jasmine Jehengir | March 2, 2010, 9:00 am

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