I’m sure everybody noticed this buzz around the new Google Chrome Operating System that Google introduced on their blog a few days ago.
Soon after the announcement, some graphic designer made a blog just for this special occasion – to be able to share the leaked screenshots of Google Chrome OS in early beta with the rest of the ‘eager-to-see’ world.
Of course those screenshots almost immediately went circling all over the net. And the most amazing part is that it was so fast! Everybody wanted to get a slice of that hot story.
Many blogs with high reputation and credibility (Engadget, Gizmodo…) blogged about it immediately after the screenshots were posted on web. It was simply one of the most talked about pieces of news these days. It also hit digg’s front page and frontpages of many other blogs.
Here’s one of the screenshots in case you didn’t see them:
But only after twelve ours, the blogger that originally posted the screenshots has admitted they are all fake! He said that he just wanted to see what it will happen if he did what he did, and now, even he is surprised by the results he got from the buzz that this thing created.
Here’s what he said about all this:
“I am sorry if you believed it. It was a really bad attempt. You all are smart people. I never planned on it getting this big. But it did. (Come one, I know the Google logo. I am actually a graphic designer, I just wanted to see reactions if it was a crappy background.) I never was going to let this go on longer than 12 hours.“
Here’s his video about faking these:
This should be held as an example to all those internet marketers and webmasters who would like to draw fast traffic to their blogs in early days.
This blog that originally posted the fake screenshots of Google Chrome OS got over 124.000 unique visitors in just 12 hours! Simply amazing!
Here’s a screenshot of his WordPress traffic stats for that day:
Now you see what the original idea created with great amount of buzz and around a product that was already important to everyone – Google Chrome OS, can do in just 12 hours. But I’m not saying that you should fake something like he did…
And believe it or not, now this blogger plans to keep some of these visitors by telling them that he will really post news related to Google Chrome OS in the future… Except I don’t think that someone will believe his words now…