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Clickbait : do you like this tactic to attract attention?

I just learned a new word in English. Clickbait.

Wikipedia defines it like this:

Click-bait is a web page link designed to entice users to go to a certain web-page or video. Click-bait headlines typically aim to exploit the "curiosity gap", providing just enough information to make readers <a href="https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity" title="Curiosity" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, "Nimbus Sans L", Arial, "Liberation Sans", sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: none; color: rgb(90, 54, 150); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);">curious</a>, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.

What do you think about using this tactic to attract people? Giving a dramatic title to a discussion in order to attract some readers here on Italki? Do you use this tactic yourself? Are you in a desperate need of attention and any mean is handy?



May 11, 2018 12:07 PM
Comments · 9
Personally I am desperately in need of attention pretty much all the time, but I would never stoop to clickbait.  :-)
May 11, 2018

It's an all too common tactic in almost all of the media outlets in Finland, even the one that doesn't need to turn a profit (our own "BBC", Yleisradio).

The reasons for clickbaits are typically in advertising, and the necessity to increase visits/reads to increase the profit from advertising. Even worse are those sites that list "Top 20 actors who ...." , and then spread out the content to exactly 20 pages, thus requiring the user to visit 20 individual pages with ads to see the full list/reach number one on the "countdown".

That said, I can't really understand what the purpose of clickbait would be here on iTalki.

May 11, 2018
I love a good title, one that hints at the subject matter without giving it all away and entices one to read more. However, it is indeed disappointing when the title is the main attraction. I like clever and alluring titles when they lead to work of substance, but when they merely provoke, grab attention, and grossly exaggerate claims, I do rather dislike them. 
May 11, 2018
I think the tactic is dangerous because it can lead to a site that will infect your computer with a virus. 
May 11, 2018
I don't know if I'm using it but if I did it's unawares however unfortunately I'm in desperate in need of attention as I think .
May 11, 2018
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