If you spend any amount of time on Twitter or Facebook itʼs likely you will have come across a couple of high profile social media spoofs last week which went viral after being shared by thousands of users across the web.
McDonaldʼs had to make a public statement distancing themselves from a viral image that was circulating on Twitter with the hash tag #SeriouslyMcDonalds. The image was a Photoshopped picture of a fake sign outside a McDonaldʼs restaurant that informed African-Americans that they would be charged more than other customers. To many it was obvious that the fake sign was nothing more than a tasteless joke. But, unfortunately for Ronald McDonaldʼs PR department, there were a lot of users who didn’t realise it was a spoof. Which forced the company to comment on the story to explain and clarify their equal opportunities stance.
The dating website eHarmony was also involved in a popular piece of viral content that racked up over 5 million views in under a week on YouTube. The video featured a new member called Debbie who clearly has a very strong affection for cats; so strong that even the mention of fury felines made her bust into floods of tears. In my opinion the jury is still out on whether or not this video is a real hardcore cat lover or a clever piece of viral marketing from eHarmony; either way itʼs pretty entertaining!