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Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:39 am UTC
by LordHuffnPuff
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10136679-36.html
Facebook's developer platform has been used for a zillion marketing campaigns so far, but this one is actually dead-on hilarious.

Fast-food chain Burger King has created "Whopper Sacrifice," a Facebook app that will give you a coupon for a free hamburger if you delete 10 people from your friends list.

...what?

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:49 am UTC
by Izawwlgood
I immediately took of 9 people I don't give a shit about on facebook, which was difficult, because I wanted to take off about 20, and one person as a joke. I refriended him and said "You are worth 1/10th of a whopper to me. Be my friend again"

I think it's a pretty hilarious and well thought out ad campaign. People'll be all "Ohh no he didn't!" and continue the meme.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:03 am UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Woo hoo! Three coupons!

Unfortunately, every Burger King in my town closed up and left (3 in three years) because no-one fucking ate there. At least my town has some taste.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:06 am UTC
by roc314
This is an excellent idea. It give those of us who hate having large number of "friends" on Facebook, many of whom they hardly know an excuse to purge them. "Don't feel bad I quit having you as a friend. I got a free Whopper for it!"

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:25 am UTC
by joeframbach
I defriended without hesitation. 2-4 weeks for a whopper? I consider it, "looking out for future-Joe."

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:36 am UTC
by Maseiken
I think there's... One Burger King in Australia, unless, as I've suspected, Hungry Jacks is actually a renaming of Burger King, then there's lots.

None of this matters of course, since I don't have Facebook.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
by 22/7
Maseiken wrote:I think there's... One Burger King in Australia, unless, as I've suspected, Hungry Jacks is actually a renaming of Burger King, then there's lots.

None of this matters of course, since I don't have Facebook.
They're one and the same, yes.

I am definitely going to start friending all of my old high school acquaintances just so I can turn them all into Whoppers.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:32 pm UTC
by Spuddly
I just realized that I am a Whopper virgin.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
by 22/7
Spuddly wrote:I just realized that I am a Whopper virgin.
I'd be careful who I told that to. The King might show up at your door tonight, and nobody wants that.

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Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:49 pm UTC
by Darkscull
I bet some people are going to end up getting rid of friends that they wouldn't do for a whopper, because what if the friend gets rid of them first? then they won't have the friend or a whopper. :razz:

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
by 22/7
Yeah, but you can just refriend them. So why not get like 30 friends together and just repeatedly friend/unfriend each other and run BK out of business?

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:03 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
Because no-one's going to redeem the coupons. It's Burger King.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
Or because the article states, "The promotion is limited to one coupon per Facebook account."

But I will totally do this. Free food? Heck yeah. I don't think I've ever had a Whopper, and I may never use the coupon, but I'm sure there's some fat I can trim, and I'll keep the coupon in my wallet on the off chance I am hungry and cash-less and near a Burger King.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:18 pm UTC
by 22/7
I wonder if there's a database of all the accounts that have done this or if you can simply remove the app and then reinstall it...
MJ wrote:Because no-one's going to redeem the coupons. It's Burger King.
Ah, good point.

I liked their Rodeo Burger! Bacon cheese burger with onion rings and barbecue sauce? Yes, please!

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:01 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
I liked the Super Stampede burger I had in August, I will admit. I will also admit that there's a very good chance it's still stuck in my aorta.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:42 pm UTC
by zealo
i didn't try the american bersion when i was there, but here burger king burgers are good :)

(awaits excuse to get rid of annoying 'friends')

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
by Heisenberg
22/7 wrote:Yeah, but you can just refriend them. So why not get like 30 friends together and just repeatedly friend/unfriend each other and run BK out of business?

Or, if you really had too much time on your hands, you could create 11 fake accounts, have them all friend each other, install the app, defriend, and get 11 whopper coupons. Why you would want 11 Whopper coupons I have no idea, but it would be a good waste of an afternoon.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
by 22/7
Heisenberg wrote:
22/7 wrote:Yeah, but you can just refriend them. So why not get like 30 friends together and just repeatedly friend/unfriend each other and run BK out of business?
Or, if you really had too much time on your hands, you could create 11 fake accounts, have them all friend each other, install the app, defriend, and get 11 whopper coupons. Why you would want 11 Whopper coupons I have no idea, but it would be a good waste of an afternoon.
And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:54 pm UTC
by Indon
22/7 wrote:And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?


Bribe people into friending you in Facebook!

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:14 pm UTC
by Pirate.Bondage
Finally, a reason for me to like Facebook.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:23 am UTC
by roc314
22/7 wrote:And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?
Give them to hungry hobos without internet access (and, by extension, Facebook (and, by even further extension, free Whopper coupons)).

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:34 am UTC
by Delass
Why cant a good restaurant give away free food! Oh well.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:36 am UTC
by Dream
roc314 wrote:
22/7 wrote:And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?
Give them to hungry hobos without internet access (and, by extension, Facebook (and, by even further extension, free Whopper coupons)).

And then BK won't serve the hobos, because they couldn't have a computer and therefore don't have a facebook account, then the hobos take BK to media-court, otherwise known as talk radio, and BK end up giving millions of hobos free meals to make up for it.

Awesome plan.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:58 pm UTC
by 22/7
Dream wrote:
roc314 wrote:
22/7 wrote:And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?
Give them to hungry hobos without internet access (and, by extension, Facebook (and, by even further extension, free Whopper coupons)).

And then BK won't serve the hobos, because they couldn't have a computer and therefore don't have a facebook account, then the hobos take BK to media-court, otherwise known as talk radio, and BK end up giving millions of hobos free meals to make up for it.

Awesome plan.
They could have access to computers at the local public library.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:15 pm UTC
by Azrael
Dream wrote:
roc314 wrote:
22/7 wrote:And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?
Give them to hungry hobos without internet access (and, by extension, Facebook (and, by even further extension, free Whopper coupons)).
And then BK won't serve the hobos, because they couldn't have a computer and therefore don't have a facebook account, then the hobos take BK to media-court, otherwise known as talk radio, and BK end up giving millions of hobos free meals to make up for it.

Awesome plan.
The people behind the counter really aren't paid enough to care about where the coupon came from. They are [probably / unfortunately] just going to try to get that smelly person out of the store as quickly as possible.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:41 pm UTC
by 22/7
Give a homeless man a free whopper coupon, feed him for a day.
Teach a homeless man to use Facebook, feed him for the rest of his life.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
by Dream
Azrael wrote:
Dream wrote:
roc314 wrote:
22/7 wrote:And this is the new goal of the thread. What would you do with 11 Whopper coupons?
Give them to hungry hobos without internet access (and, by extension, Facebook (and, by even further extension, free Whopper coupons)).
And then BK won't serve the hobos, because they couldn't have a computer and therefore don't have a facebook account, then the hobos take BK to media-court, otherwise known as talk radio, and BK end up giving millions of hobos free meals to make up for it.

Awesome plan.
The people behind the counter really aren't paid enough to care about where the coupon came from. They are [probably / unfortunately] just going to try to get that smelly person out of the store as quickly as possible.

Exactly. Hence the trial by media, and the contrite BK giving homeless people free food! This cannot possibly in any way shape or form go wrong.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
by SlyReaper
Dream wrote:This cannot possibly in any way shape or form go wrong.


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And back on topic, does this offer extend to the UK? I've got a few "friends" I wouldn't mind dumping for a free burger.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:10 pm UTC
by Jebobek
Thats pretty cool; its like something steven colbert would do to make people on the internet get riled up..

My favorite whopper commercial is still when they pretended to not sell the whopper anymore, and people flipped out at them.

Angry husky guy: "GET ME A WHOPPER."

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:23 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
I am really tempted to sacrifice PictureSarah to the Whopper gods right now.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:28 pm UTC
by Jack Saladin
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Because no-one's going to redeem the coupons. It's Burger King.

Shut your whore mouth. BK is the food of kings.

Uh, as the name implies.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:38 pm UTC
by Exotria

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:42 pm UTC
by roc314
Jack Saladin wrote:Shut your whore mouth. BK is the food of kings.
Burger Kind isn't even good relative to other fast food, let alone relative to food in general.

@Exotria: Facebook complaining about privacy violation? That is pretty high up on the irony scale.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:47 pm UTC
by Jack Saladin
roc314 wrote:
Jack Saladin wrote:Shut your whore mouth. BK is the food of kings.
Burger Kind isn't even good relative to other fast food, let alone relative to food in general.

... Clearly the fast food chains are very different in our respective countries, because our BK makes McDonalds look like someone just handed you a shit in a paper bag.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:58 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
In our country, McDonald's actually does that.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:40 pm UTC
by Awia
In England Burger King is much better than McDonalds, but second to KFC, which is the food of gods.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:56 pm UTC
by wst
Awia wrote:In England Burger King is much better than McDonalds, but second to KFC, which is the food of gods.
nuh uh. Go to the Deli counter in Sainsburys. Buy a whole roast chicken. Do that in KFC. Hah, thought so.

Sainsburys, food of Gods.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
by Jack Saladin
wst wrote:
Awia wrote:In England Burger King is much better than McDonalds, but second to KFC, which is the food of gods.
nuh uh. Go to the Deli counter in Sainsburys. Buy a whole roast chicken. Do that in KFC. Hah, thought so.

Who in fucks name wants a whole roast chicken for lunch? Methinks you're missing the point of fast food joints.

But KFC is shit anyway. Nothing but skin and bones and grease and roaches. Terrible health record, in NZ at least.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:58 pm UTC
by roc314
What fast food franchises are in New Zealand? If Burger King is towards the top of the list, you can't have many.

Re: Burger King vs. Facebook

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:00 am UTC
by Jack Saladin
Well, nowhere near as many as there are in the US, of course. Our entire population is like that of a suburb in one of your cities.