How do you know whether you can trust other peoples’ online recommendations?
In an online world peppered with sockpuppetry, astroturfing and social media bistromathics, how can you tell what to believe?
Are those Facebook Likes earned, bought or merely a side-effect of a virtual flash crowd?
How do you know whether the proud owner of a bunch of Likes is being honest about how those Likes were gleaned?
Has anyone ever actually told the truth about where their Likes came from?
I am pleased to say that I now have an existence proof of commercial honesty in respect of social media, spotted this morning outside an eatery in one of the bijou bits (well, bijouesque) of the City of North Sydney:
Will you look at that!
If you click “like” on Facebook, you can get a free drink!!!
You have to work out where on Facebook, of course, though you can presumably ask the waitstaff, and only then do you find out what sort of drink. (It’s a can of Kickapoo Joy Juice, apparently, or a small sake.)
To maintain the social media mystery, I’m not going to tell you where the eatery is, but I will send a modest prize* to the first person to post a comment below identifying the name and address of the restaurant. (You don’t need to be in Sydney, or even in Australia, to work it out. I’ve provided a photo. Now think how you might geolocate it.)
By the way, if you happen to eat there any time soon, tell them Naked Security says, “Hi,” and let them know there’s an L in garlic.
[*] Maximum prize value AU$20. My discretion applies. If you’re in North Sydney I might even drop it off. Otherwise it’ll turn up in the mail. Winner will need to identify him or herself in some way to my satisfaction. There is no free iPad.
Sockpuppet image courtesy of Shutterstock.
36 comments on “Today’s Special – Honesty in soliciting Facebook Likes puts truth on the social media menu!”
I was checking out some news online yesterday when a window popped up saying if I wanted to finish reading the story I had to like the site on Facebook. Can you say desperate and needy?
Or "outright scam". Like-before-you-know-what-you're-liking is a hallmark of spams/scams, since it is a scam to ask you to recommend something without knowing what it is, just as it's a scam to issue an annual safety check certificate (what used to be a Pink Slip before it went online) for a vehicle without actually checking it 🙂
Ok! so what if you deleted your Facebook account like i did,You can't see anything any more? Thats one of the reasons that i dumped Fb..To much crap like that.
My guess… Sushi Tei Sydney
"Spotted this morning outside an eatery in one of the bijou bits (well, bijouesque) **of the City of North Sydney**" (my emphasis). Sushi Tei – at least according to Google – has two premises, both across the bridge in the CBD.
So – you are close. But you need to cross the bridge.
The other is… 😉
127 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
You're not hearing me here 🙂 _You're on the wrong side of the bridge_.
True – I did miss that bit. 😉
I'm here in west, Tennessee, USA and thought I'd give it a shot. Thanks much for letting me play and congrats on finding a winner 🙂
Andy's in Miller Street?
Rob from Perth 🙂
Are you asking me, or telling me? (Actually, I think you're guessing 🙂
I'll give everyone a small clue. Two, in fact. It's not a sushi restaurant, at least inasmuch as that's not its main claim to fame. In particular, it doesn't have the word "Sushi" in its name. And though it is in the City of North Sydney (it was supposed to be a hint that I wrote it out that way) it is not actually in the suburb of North Sydney.
So it is in Cammeray, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Crows Nest, Kirribilli, Kurraba Point, Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, St Leonards, Waverton or Wollstonecraft.
Easy, really. I'll give you all a third clue. It's not in Kurraba Point.
[Geolocation data redacted]
[Suburb redacted] NSW 20[xx], Australia
[Kimberly was close. But not close enough. Details redacted to avoid spoilage.]
[Name redacted], Neutral Bay
Japanese restaurant [description redacted]
[Address redacted], Neutral Bay, NSW.
[Correct! We have a winner. Details redacted for those who wish to try solving anyway.]
Woohoo! And then to think I live nowhere near Australia . . . but in The Netherlands. Almost as far away as possible. Isn’t the internet great?
Actually, the antipodeal point to Neutral Bay is in the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Azores. So you can get further away and still be in Europe. Sort of. Here's a live map site which shows you:
As you rightly say, isn't the internet great?
I can't work out how to geolocate from that picture. 🙁
Try saving the actual image and digging into the file itself. Even if you were to open it with NOTEPAD (weird though that sounds) you might just find some metadata buried in it. Then take it from there…
Don’t know if this is too much info, but I used [redacted] EXIF viewer at [redacted].
Paul, I have a Mac and couldn't get what seemed to be useful info when I opened the downloaded image in any number of applications (e.g., iPhoto, Notepad, Google Chrome, Pages, iPaint, and more). I'm not computer-savvy. Can you please provide an alternate suggestion on how readers can extract GPS data from digital photos?
I know it sounds like cheating, but did you try saving the image to your Mac and opening it with TextEdit 🙂 If there's an image comment in there as ASCII text, maybe it will just show up legibly inamongst the JPEG binary blubber?
I opened the file in Notepad and spent a good five or ten minutes scanning the gobbledegook. I was ready to give up and close the file when … I noticed what appeared to be [redacted]! I copied the [redacted] into [redacted], et viola! I think I’ve cracked this. 🙂
This was fun and I’ve learned something! Cheers.
[Redacted] Japanese Restaurant)
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Wish I were there!
[Correct! PS. It’s closed at the moment. They don’t open for breakfast IIRC.]
Is the chopper bike with the tail pipes still there?
I didn't notice it – though of course I wasn't looking for it. But I did see it outside a pub up on Military Road a week or three ago. (Wasn't looking for it then, but it made itself visible.)
The [redacted] contains the following: [redacted] which are GPS coordinates…after it’s just a question of mapping it to a map.
[David’s made a start. But there’s a bit more than “just a question of mapping it” still to go. We know the restaurant is on the map somewhere. The question is, _where_? And what’s it called?]
Neutral Bay NSW 2089, Australia
I just love the missing "L" in Garlic. I habitually stop at hand made signs and correct them with an ink pen – preferably with the little down arrow and the correction above the word so it is noticeable. I can't resist it, though it embarrasses my husband. I have been known to draw a picture of a witch over the word "which" spelled wrong (with an arrow from the word to the picture).
If you transliterate "garlic" into Japanese and adapt for Japanes pronunciation, where the syllables "ri" and "li" aren't distinguishable, you get "gaarikku".
Even though Japanese has its own word for garlic, I understand it also has "gaarikku" – so mis-spelling it "garic" when transliterating back into English is an entirely understandable mistake.
We no what the writer ment, so with hindsite it was a bit mean of me to point it out.
(I'm not going to change the article, though. I want to see if they update the spelling – I'm using it as an internet tracking device to see if they follow Naked Security.)
It is a bigger problem than I first thought. If you go to freelancer.com, you will find people offering contracts for x number of likes on Facebook. Also true of Twitter.
[Redacted longitude] East [redacted latitude] South on [redacted map site]
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Apparantly, they do know how to spell “garlic” correctly since they got it right on their Facebook page: [redacted facebook link]
Do I get any points for finding this photo of their business license? [Redacted image link]
[Correct! But the licence photo doesn’t get you extra points, I’m afraid. Just a greater sense of dread about geolocation.]
I've seen similar tactics – a hairdresser offering a (from memory) 10% discount if you "like" them on facebook (it took some time, but I finally found their page; it had about 16 likes!)
Hi Duck – was the "chlak" just you, propagating the typo thread or was it a genuine typo of you're own 😉
I dragged the photo to my desktop and opened it in Text Edit. The [redacted] showed as follows:
[Redacted] came up with an address for
Neutral Bay, NSW 2089, Australia
[Redacted] was inconclusive, so I [redacted] and found the following establishment, whose Facebook page gives this information:
Neutral Bay, NSW
The Facebook page has an image of an older “Today’s Special” chalk board similar to that on the image [redacted]. Seems pretty conclusive that [redacted] is the restaurant in question.
Needless to say, I do not include geolocation metadata in my photos.
Here??? [Link to mapping site redacted.]
[Very close. But you need the name and address of the restaurant. A photo of a streetscape isn’t quite enough :-]
Im doing all the old puzzles now. got hooked by doing the AusCERT 2013.
i see that i shouldnt post the solution here so im just gonna leave this here as token of proof of solution: KY