We're all occasionally guilty of caring too much about things that don't matter while neglecting important responsibilities that seem boring by comparison. The upcoming midterm elections on November 6 may be the perfect example of this—we may all know the status of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's relationship, but registering to vote and preparing for the polls will have far more impact on all our lives. To try and course-correct the media-obsessed men and women of Twitter, some crafty trolls are spreading around a prank that also serves an important purpose.
Wow I can’t believe this is why Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split up https://t.co/WQrbEBV6uD https://t.co/Dc8b9azhua— Tim (@Tim)1539561031.0
The prank is simple: use a gossipy story and enticing picture to trick Twitter users into clicking the link, which every time leads them to a voter registration website.
omg i can’t believe this is the REAL reason kanye is in Uganda https://t.co/qq5ghGKnDv https://t.co/lFwXbhEBzy— juan vidal (@juan vidal)1539565814.0
This is one of the first ever examples of classic clickbait being used to further the common good. By taking people to vote.org, these pranks will help increase voter turnout, which is ALWAYS a good thing.
Is this a joke?!?!?!? https://t.co/p2f0PrQ9Av https://t.co/t0b5UjGmRZ— Shane Powers (@Shane Powers)1539659335.0
The prank spread far and wide!
GUYS ONE DIRECTION IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER!!!!! https://t.co/nHTKyugunQ https://t.co/hYh4PeFOyb— GORDY〆 (@GORDY〆)1539659626.0
You have to check this out. https://t.co/DW0slztBZT https://t.co/MzNxP65Uj5— 📺🦉 creepypasta npc (@📺🦉 creepypasta npc)1539569909.0
Is this definite proof there is going to be a #WestWing reboot?? https://t.co/prmltsocVk— purpleclaire (@purpleclaire)1539646527.0
Historically, only about 40% of eligible voters exercise their Constitutional right during midterm elections, a shameful turnout compared to other countries with more convenient, well-thought-out polling systems. Hopefully these trolls will help bring out the vote even more!
Y’all over here paying $300+ for textbooks? I payed $50 for all my books😛 Dont sleep on this link. 😤😤https://t.co/QwgRhAnQMN— Vic 🌻☠️ (@Vic 🌻☠️)1539656335.0
Welp...it’s official...Kim Kardashian finally decided to divorce Kanye West... https://t.co/C2p25mxWJO— Ashlee Marie Preston (@Ashlee Marie Preston)1539384296.0
Victims of the prank weren't even mad.
@AshleeMPreston https://t.co/XDKBcQGdyW— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉)1539454040.0
@AshleeMPreston @lesliestaysup WTH I just got vote rolled— Mike (@Mike)1539398336.0
Some even went along with the lie to make sure more people would click the link!
@AshleeMPreston Kim Kardashian gets no credit for leaving him. Peace of garbage Kardashian never helped her own husband. She's no better— twenty one ufo pilots (@twenty one ufo pilots)1539428618.0
@21ufopilots @AshleeMPreston Click on the link ... that s the goal— 🌊 pmw resister nyc 🏳️🌈 (@🌊 pmw resister nyc 🏳️🌈)1539430009.0
Once people realized they'd been set up, they couldn't help but admit their mistake and register to vote!
@AshleeMPreston I've been played. Played well. Well-played, Ashlee! Nicely done!— David Badash (@David Badash)1539394205.0
@AshleeMPreston @cameronjawesome I got got. But good shit— Rae Sanni (@Rae Sanni)1539406205.0
The more people vote, the better our country runs.
@AshleeMPreston That’s pretty sneaky and ingenious. Love it.— one pissed off Polack (@one pissed off Polack)1539412172.0
@Gordyreed Oh god I clicked so fast 😫😫 what did I do to deserve this?? Register too many voters on my campus ?? 😂— J (@J)1539670354.0
Oh, by the way! A tourist in France just took this photo of a tiny monkey riding a French Poodle through a fancy restaurant. Click on that link—it's adorable.