A social media genius at Bing decided the tsunami was a good way to boost their brand recognition on Twitter. This morning Bing tweeted: "How you can #SupportJapan -For every retweet, bing will give $1 to Japan quake victims, up to $100K."
Not how it works, Microsoft: You do something good, then you get good publicity from it. At least pretend to give a shit about the human suffering in Japan irrespective of the chance it gives you to promote your search engine.
Some Twitter users have played along. But many have reacted with admirable scorn. Comedian Michael Ian Black may have launched the #fuckyoubing movement when he tweeted: "Fuck you, @bing. For every RT, I'll donate one inch of my dick up to 100k inches. #fuckyoubing."
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You'd think social media consultants would have realized not to blatantly capitalize on serious current events after Kenneth Cole's Egypt fiasco. If you'd like to support survivors of the Japanese earthquake, we'd recommend donating directly to Mercy Corps—in honor of Google.
Update: Bing has apologized: "We apologize the tweet was negatively perceived. Intent was to provide an easy way for people to help Japan. We have donated $100K."