Friday, March 19, 2010

How Much Is A Blog Follower Worth? $358.24.

"IF YOU DON'T TRANSFER ME TO SOMEONE WHO CAN DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM AND GET ME MY MONEY TODAY, I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR COMPANY REMEMBERS FOREVER THE MONTH THEY SPENT SCREWING TRAVIS SLOAT."

Not bad, eh?

Those words, spoken towards the immediate end of a rather unfruitful conversation with a DirecTV associate, both shocked and surprised me.

I mean, it sounded like something Will Smith would say right before he shot some lasers at a few aliens and saved the planet.


"Yes sir. Just hold on." 

So then I got to speak to Angie. And no, her name hasn't been changed. 

Angie decided that she was going to take a different approach. She wasn't giving me my money back today, but she put her job on the line and gave me a cut and dried answer. Then she offered me 3 free months of Starz, because lets face it. Nothing will calm a worked up fat guy down faster than watching 6 year old movies all the time with a new one on Saturday nights. 

Well, cheese does it too. 

Anyway, the topic of Facebook came up. I think it happened when I apologized for yelling at her, and I told her that I'm a lover not a fighter, and that I'd rather be friends on Facebook and make her laugh. 

She laughed. 

Then she asked me if I played Farmville, and I said hell no. 

Then she admitted that she hated Farmville but played Mafia Wars, and so I expressed my disappointment. 

Then the topic turned to my blog about Facebook/Myspace, and I found out that she vlogs on youtube a lot. 

I told her I would check her out, she said she would check out my blog, and the call ended before I could even verify a second time that I actually had Starz or that I would get my money. 

So. 

The value of a new blog follower? Yeah, I found that out. 

It's $358.24. 

I'll let you know if I ever see it again. 


26 comments:

  1. You'll have to let us know if she actually clicks follow.

    And I love the Will Smith reference; that's why I clicked you before any of my other blogs!

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  2. Oh...she smoked you! Love the deflect and redirect she used to get your mind off your anger issue with the screwing deal. Forget PPV porn. I bet she got paid a commission to forget your question! About...$358.24...to be exact!

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  3. Awww crap... Well if you don't get your Starz and money back you can always stalk her vlog. And tell people she works for a satelite co. Then everyone will gang up on her.

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  4. Awesome . . . Raceway Nissan is going to be pretty upset they fucked with me . . . The plot thickens!!!

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  5. Dude -they ass raped you! And leave it to you to pick up a new follower that way. Everyone loves the funny fat guy.

    Ass

    I can never be the funny fat guy

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  6. Fish! You fell for the smile and the sweetness. You want to give her the hook back?

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  7. Screw the follower....well, not literally. I want the money!

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  8. I hope you get your money!! GEEZ I hate when you call them unhappy, and they offer you a new channel. How come the electric company can't do that? Or the gas company? Or my CAR LOAN company...there's a thought! I call unhappy, and they offer me a new car! :) Good luck!

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  9. Okay, so let me get this straight. You were complaining about a problem you were having with DirectTV to the tune of $358.24. The customer service representative promises 3 FREE months of STARZ and she'll READ your blog and YOUR FALL FOR IT? Oh, my, Travis, you are stupider that I thought. You poor, poor boy.

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  10. Ha! I used to call them all the time and curse them out about 7 years ago!! They are still sending us a bill! We canceled 6 years ago!! I'm not paying them!!! They screwed us!

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  11. Well thats one way to bring readers in :)

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  12. Wow. Hook, line AND sinker. I guess that's why they pay her the big bucks ...

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  13. Gotta give that chick a cookie...she is good at her job

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  14. Wow, I usually just fake like I don't speak english to get people off the phone. Next time I'll try Angie's approach of feigning interest in a random persons life.

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  15. She won in the discovery of you! Love your Superman story, and your niece is beautiful!!

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  16. As a call center person myself, I am guessing she isn't new at this game ;)

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  17. Damn dude! You PAID to get a follower. Now that's what I call class.

    Instead of prostitution, you committed Blogi-tution. And you better get an AWESOME following for that price you paid.

    Can you imagine all the good shit you would've gotten from the prostitute for that cash?!

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  18. What a strange conversation that must have been.

    I hope she follows! And that you get your money back!

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  19. Dude, I used to work for DirecTv. You should've asked her if Jesus still does the training.

    But by the sound of that call, obvious he still does.

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  20. Holy hell...no one's ever tha friendly with me when I call to complain lol!

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  21. See, that's what I love about cable. You call up and try to cancel something, and their knee jerk reaction is to offer you more channels for 6 months for free. I've never gotten a new blog reader that way though.

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  22. You should have tried to bargain up for free Cinemax.

    At least they have soft-core porn.

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  23. See, now that's some fast talking. You won't see cable tv employees signing onto blogs. They screw you over and won't read your blog.

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  24. How will you pay me to keep me following?

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  25. I second Moooooog's comment. But I would up the ante to hard core porn myself.

    Angie probably did a reverse psych thing on you, and you didn't even realize it because you were simultaneously trying to do a one-over on her. And the cycle continues.

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  26. This is wonderful blog. I love it.

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