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What Would You Do If Offered 5000 Dollars For Your Social Networking Account?

Updated on February 17, 2012
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In today's online business social networking is a big part of the business. Whether it be Facebook, Google +, Twitter or several hundred other social networks we all spend our time friending, subscribing and following our way to the top hoping for karma and to get what we give. The person with the most followers wins and gains the attention of the general online population and with that attention can push their wares, advertise and generally make money off the people.

The majority of us have these accounts and some of us like myself have numerous accounts on many social networks. Some of the contacts in these accounts are family and friends, others are online friends or complete strangers but connections none the less. Whenever I create an article put videos to my youtube channels, etc. I also post to my networks so that all of my followers can view what I have done. This gives them entertainment, myself views and ad revenue.

Not too long ago I was presented with a business proposition. Someone online seeing that I had a very high amount of followers on my account offered to pay me $5000 if I would turn over complete access to it. As he said he wanted to use the account to promote his videos, articles, etc. My first thought of course was that he was scamming me and that he was another online criminal putting his net out for some serious phishing. Looking for a gullible target to give control over and then he would pick the account clean of my personal info and try to do the same with all of my contacts. That possibly he would pose as me and try to commit some type of online crime. But even with those thoughts I had to admit I was very curious.

With absolutely no intention of allowing him to have access to my account I asked him for more information. He sent me the name of his website and I checked it out. After viewing it I realized it was a real company and was indeed a professional setup. To check on it I called the contact number and asked to speak with the gentlemen. He did exist. I checked the listing for his company on Google maps and found it listed and viewed the building on street view. I conversed further with him and still not convinced. He advised me that he could pay me through Paypal upfront and I said I would sell just to see what would happen.

Two days later I saw a payment in my Paypal account for $5000 and my jaw dropped. Realizing that it wasn't a joke I immediately refunded the payment and contacted the gentlemen advising him that I was sorry but couldn't sell my account. He attempted to further persuade me but I refused and eventually had to hang up the phone. He tried sending a few emails but I responded only once advising I couldn't sell. Even now it seems unreal to me that someone would want to buy a social networking account. But I kid you not.

Let me know what you think. Can someone put a price on your social network? Provided you could remove your personal info would you sell your account to some faceless business man bent on using it for financial gain?

If you want to forward this article to others I encourage it. Use the facebook, twitter or Google+1, link at the top of the page or click the share button at the bottom of the page for other social networks. Someone you know may find this of interest.

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    • terrektwo profile image
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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Drtruthman - I will look into it for sure, wouldn't want to get into trouble over it. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Oh believe me, I use ALL THE social networking tools and constantly remind my followers on other sites to click the like and other boxes, I just thought (and I could be wrong) that in their Tutorial video that HubPages stated you could not request people to click but rather they had to do it on their own. I do it over on my Blogspot,Wordpress and several other sites and have no problem. It might just be I misunderstood. Again, I love the idea.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Well I would say in terms of getting your video, article, or other things you want to promote to the most eyes and ears social media is the greatest cost effective way to do it. It's really not too difficult I just have searched out many people with like interests over time and connect with them. Over the years that ends up being a large number of people to whom I can share my endeavors. Just to note though if your starting from scratch even if you do connect with people every day it can take quite awhile to amass a following.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Drtruthman - thanks for kudos, not sure why hubpages wouldn't want it to be shared if they have the facebook, twitter, Google+ and a list of other networks at the bottom. I would think its pretty obvious why they are there. The more people view the article the more money hubpages makes on ads. The remark I put in at the end is really just a reminder to the reader that they are there and that if they enjoyed the article they can share it if they want. But if you come across a rule stating we can't do this let me know. Thanks.

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Terrektwo, I would sure like to get a pointer or two as how you do this? It is an extraordinary accomplishment, do all those social media sites make a difference?

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great article and interesting. I am just curious as to what you classify as "social networks". Many people include HubPages, blogs etc. within that same genre. Also of interest to me is a remark you seem to have at the end of your articles, "If you want to forward this article to others I encourage it. Use the facebook, twitter or Google+1, link at the top of the page or click the share button at the bottom of the page for other social networks. Someone you know may find this of interest." Now maybe I am wrong but I thought I understood that was against Hub's policy. Mind you I think it's great and I really give you "kudos" for doing so because this would indeed generate allot of traffic I am sure back to your Hubs. I just know one author who was ultimately booted off of here for doing almost the exact same thing and I know over at Wizzley it is an absolute NO NO.Just wondering. Love the Hub as well as most everything you write. Voted up all across. Oh, and NO I wouldn't sell out either. I might not have "followers here on Hub" (although I have been viewed over 1000 times)but I have about 7 thousand between all of my sites.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Lauryallan - true the first time around has been a very very long time ago. I feel better with things as they are, I doubt I'll look back. Thanks for reading and commenting though :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      True, not sure how many real life friends or family I had on there but still, the people followed me because they want to receive what I post I couldn't just sell them.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Joe Friedman - he he, I sense a little hostility toward Farmville :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      hoteltravel - thanks for the tumbs up, I just couldn't sell out like that.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hi terrektwo, I can understand someone wanting to buy your Social networking account if it had a lot of people on there. It takes time to cultivate a following on Social media and it can take money if you want to do it faster.

      A social media account is just like having an email list that you can send stuff out to and sell to. It's common for people to sell these with sites when they sell them on Flippa etc. Now it's also common to sell social media accounts too as it's a captive audience that they can send stuff out to and they are likely to open it because they trust you.

      If you are interested in selling it to him (if you change your mind) then the best way to tell if your getting a decent deal is to see how much he is paying per person on your social networking account. If it averages out to less than $1 per person on your list then he's getting a bargain.

      Of course, the other factor is you'd have to rebuild your social networking account from scratch. You know how long it took you to do that the first time around...

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      Darlene Yager 5 years ago from Michigan

      That is a difficult choice but I don't think I could do that to my friends and family.

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      Joe Friedman 5 years ago from Chicago, Il

      If you did sell it to him, you could have joined Farmville just before he acquired your account. In a week he would probably try to sell it back to you for double the price just to stop all the annoying requests.

      Great read.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      Wow! That was a nice tidy sum for sure. I would have taken the same decision as you. Because, giving up the account amounts to breach of trust and confidence. Thumbs up for resisting the offer. Voted up and interesting.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      debbie roberts - You are exactly right, that is s big part of the reason I didn't do it. I was tempted but that is just not who I am. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      I'm not a big on social networking - although recently I signed up to a couple of sites, Digg being my favourite at the moment.

      I personally wouldn't blame anyone for taking the money if they were certain it was a genuine deal and they desperately needed the money.

      Although I wouldn't take the money on the grounds of loyalty to and maybe the safety of the people who take the time to follow me and read my stuff. If a company took over someone elses social network site for business, then surely they would end up prying into their accounts and bombarding them with rubbish they didn't sign up for when they joined you as a follower.

      Another interesting hub,terrektwo..Thank you for sharing..

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      writer20 - All kinds of scams exist online and off that is true. Not sure what this offer was all about possibly I'll figure that out eventually, but for now I'm content to hold on to what is mine :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      dragnhaze - the following I have on the account is quite high, I am still preplexed as to why they would pay that much, pretty strange.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      alocsin - well, lets just say it is very high but it still seems pretty strange for someone to want to buy a social networking account.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I would have had the same reaction as you.

      These interent criminals are all over the internet. They're sites look so real, even thought he sent 5000 to your paypal account who knows how real that money was.

      We've had it happening right here. They take peoples money who think they are getting help with their morgages then find out they've been riped off.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      mpoche4 - that may be a good idea, I could help him build a following, maybe that would be worth something to him instead of selling a network account for 5 grand!

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      dragnhaze 5 years ago

      Quite interesting, who would have thought that someone would offer that much for your fan page, you must have a pretty decent following. Though I agree with you, it makes you wonder where the funds were coming from. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for the good read.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      rasta1 - I didn't thin I was on a gold mine but maybe your right. I'm still a bit puzzled about it but I will certainly hold onto it and see what I can make :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      sabrani44 - I suppose, but I can only say if something seems to good to be true it usually is. Plus I don't know where the money was coming from, also I spent a long time building my network with those that enjoy what I do and promote, they read, view, and otherwise want to see my content. But I will admit I was tempted.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      How many followers did you have? Since I only have about 250 followers or so, sure I'd sell my social network for $5,000. But I doubt anyone would pay me even $5 for it. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Becky Katz - No word of a lie, I still am not totally understanding how it could be worth that much, something strange must be going on. I like your way better friends stopping by would be a breath of fresh air. I mostly use the social account for promoting my hubs, videos, music and other art. I really like it when people see it. Know what I mean :)

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      That is crazy! I would not sell access to any of my accounts either. Maybe try reaching out and telling him that you will help him build an account with "x" followers if he pays you the 5000? Who knows, maybe you have just found your calling! lol

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Let this be a lesson, you are sitting on a gold mine, monetize it.

      U did the right thing.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Wow, very interesting. For 5 grand I might just accept that offer, after all I could just make a new facebook or twitter.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I find this fascinating. Of course, the closest I come to any of this is here. I don't do those things and believe it or not, do not have any social networking accounts. Antique? Perhaps, but I don't find a need for one. If my friends want to see what I am up to, they can call or come by to see me.