March 14th, 2014

TfL Spends £250,000 on Twitter Followers and Facebook Likes

Figures obtained by Guido reveal that Transport for London has spent over a quarter of a million pounds on boosting its Twitter followers and Facebook likes. TfL has a grand total of 26 Twitter feeds and two Facebook pages. Since 2012 it has spent £254,322 on paying for “promotion” – so their tweets and statuses appear in Londoners’ timelines – with the aim of getting them more followers and likes. TfL defend the spending by saying that in the last year their overall social media following has increased by one million as a result. What would Bob Crow have said?


  1. 1
    ancientpopeye says:

    More to the point, who has gained pecuniary interest out of this high spend?


    • 3
      Follow the money. says:

      Follow the Money.


      • 56
        Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

        This won’t matter when Red Multimillionaireband has turned this Country into another France at best or Venezuela at worst.


    • 6
      Ed Miliband is Wedgie's Anti Matter. says:


    • 12
      And on the Seventh Day says:

      Isn’t it time that London had a dose of great plagues, a re-run of the great fire and a thorough flush out with a tidal surge?


      • 48
        Darn Tooting says:



      • 110
        Jack Ketch says:

        The Black Death reduced the population by two-thirds, liberated the serfs who became well-paid sought after free labour, freed up huge amounts of land, spurred innovation in agriculture and created the people we no wall the Middle Class. (Can we have a plague that just kills Oiks, foreigners and PPE graduates please?)


    • 15
      Social Meejah Guru, Snake Oil Salesman and Chinless Wonder says:

      Look, it’s really important, like, to have, like, a really big presence in the global meejah sphere, ‘kay? Imagine what, your competitors are doing, like?

      So if you’ll just sign here, like, we’ll take care of the rest.


    • 63
      bingo says:

      why do the left think it a good idea to send young men down a pit?


    • 75
      Anonymous says:

      10 local elections yesterday, UKIP stood in 7 of them and came second in 5 and third in two

      Goodby Tory Dave


      • 89
        Paniagua V5.1 says:

        Who exactly is Tory Dave?


      • 94
        Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

        I think voting in local elections is different to national ones. I might be willing to vote UKIP for local but national elections, I would be too scared to let Labour in again.


        • 107
          Wake up & vote UKIP says:

          FFS, either you want a change from the self interested ‘elected’ thieves we have (in three flavours) or you don’t. Vote UKIP for a change, keep voting UKIP to achieve a change.


        • 108
          SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

          Do not be scared that ‘s just Tory fear mongering ,vote with your conscience ,in reality both Labour and Tory votes are the wasted votes ,they are both fully committed to total submergence in Europe.
          The only difference is the Tories may be able to keep up the pretence of independence a little longer, just long enough to buy themselves enough time to get their snouts deeper into the Eurotrough!


          • PDubya says:

            Ukip if you want to.
            If there is the remotest chance of the Labour Party getting back in next year because of a ukip vote splitter do not bet on anyone with a brain cell voting ukip.
            I personally will be voting ukip in the european elections and hope they get a landslide vote.


  2. 2
    I detect a SCAM says:

    Why does a monopoly have to advertise anyway?


  3. 4
    KSG says:

    Whatever it is that Bob Crow would have said, would he have been able to tweet it within 140 characters?


  4. 5
    Anonymous says:

    TfL also cap the number of claims you can make for late train arrivals. Under the guise of “statistically too many claims” they suspend all outstanding claims – I guess that’s why they can “afford” the quarter of a million spend on advertising!


  5. 7
    Myfanwy says:

    I had a Twit account not been on it for years, there seems to be something very wrong to spend loads of money on Twittering why not just reduce prices or give promotions or competions for prizes.


  6. 8
    Guy News Room says:

    Owen Jones and Guido Fawkes,in an unlikely alliance, warn too many people are paying the 40p tax rate and urge George Osborne to act or risk losing the 2015 General Election.


  7. 13
    Public Sector Shirker says:

    More public sector waste. If they tweet useful info the many people will follow, no need to gift our hard on money to American companies


  8. 14
    Owen Jones,Socialist turned Capitalist says:

    First Bob Crow dies, then Tony Benn.

    Typical socialists- one out, all out.


    • 17
      Arthur Scargill, padded up in the pavillion, shitting bricks says:

      Not quite.


      • 31
        Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

        Both openers gone clean bowled by the demon fast bowler the Grim Reaper.

        Crow 51 Bowled Reaper
        Benn 88 Bowled Reaper

        Scargill and Healey at the crease with Skinner next in at 5 :-)


        • 41
          THE one and only GRIM R says:

          Not stepping over the Commons crease now Dennis, eh eh eh?


        • 64
          Blowers says:

          The Grim Reaper is on a hat-trick.

          …and I can see a plane there in the distance. Perhaps it’s that one that’s gone astray in Malaysia….

          ….. Reaper stalks to his mark, turns to face Scargill who from here looks understandably nervous, Reaper tosses his scythe nonchalantly from hand to hand, pauses to examine a piece of stitching that has caught his eye, picks at it a little, takes a couple of steps and begins his run up…


  9. 16
    Arthur Scargill, padded up in the pavillion, shitting bricks says:

    Not quite.


  10. 18
    eric says:

    Crow knew that his success as the tube employees union leader was largely because he was dealing with a public sector employer which is not careful with other peoples money.


    • 20
      Dahn de choobs says:

      Has his successor been named yet?


    • 24
      jgm2 says:

      No. His ‘success’ was due to the fact he has millions of commuters over a fucking barrel.

      Some might call it extortion. Some might call it blackmail.

      It’s the same ‘success’ that the miners used to enjoy up until the sainted Fatcha showed them that actually you don’t run the fucking country and, actually, we can manage without you.

      And Crow’s members, when they’re finally replaced by a budgie or a ZX81, will find that out the hard way too.


      • 30
        Mitch says:

        I feel that way when I pay my gas and electricity bill.


        • 37
          jgm2 says:

          I got around the cost of the electric bill by changing supplier (saved 20% I reckon) and using less of it. We’re on oil for heating.

          I also got a water meter installed (they’re free). Water bill has gone down by 2/3. Might be down by 3/4 actually. Should probably go and check just for fun.


          • jgm2 says:

            Just checked.

            My water bill is down by 75%. Was paying ~£700 pa, now paying ~£170. We’re not on mains sewage.

            Just change supplier if you’re not happy with your bills and get a meter for your water.


          • Probably says:

            Because you’re never in the country?


      • 79
        Not the Same as it ever was says:

        Bring on the new trains, robotic job anyway. Plenty of litter needs picking up around da choobs entrances for the members.


  11. 19
    Starting from the moral low ground is not a good start says:


    • 23
      Table manners says:

      Flags are the wrong way round – some ignorant cvnt will get it in the neck for that little booboo!


    • 36
      A place at the top table says:

      So why couldn’t the two of them just meet up in a broom cupboard?


    • 43
      THE one and only GRIM R says:

      Do not bore me mr Hague, I have had busy week and if you drone on I will then sleep.


    • 111
      Myfanwy says:

      I wonder what the position of HMG would be if Eire decided to annex Ulster and organise a vote on whether they want to stay in the UK or not, they quite possibly would have the backing of the USA on that (they unofficially backed the in the past). Of course if the UK leaves the EU it could get a bit tricky.


  12. 21
    Basil Fawlty says:

    I don’t know why people/organisations feel it necessary to be ‘liked’ on Facebook – I’m finding it increasingly irritating being nagged the whole time to ‘like’ someone’s page all the time.
    This site is en example of this I’m sad to say – isn’t the quality of the journalism enough?.


    • 25
      Table manners says:

      Well just close your account. Even Manuel would know that, and he’s from Barcelona you know!


    • 28
      I read the Beano says:

      I don’t know much about it Baz, infact I know nowt but it must be important if mine host is constantly asking to be like on the face book. Mustn’t it?


  13. 22
    A place of foreign banks, foreign homes and illegal immigrants and some very strange politicians says:

    Do the English travel to and work in London anymore?


  14. 32
    Photographer uses Ugly Filter says:


  15. 33
    Lance Corporal Bill Bloggs (retired) says:

    If Bob Crow was alive today and had read this story he would have had a heart attack.


    • 46
      a great time to be a Tory says:

      Boris Johnson appears to have taken this little story in his stride as he fights without fear to protect and improve the interests of Londoners.


  16. 34
    In the spirit of all those celebrating Benn's demise says:


  17. 39
    Jude O says:

    Putin: Black Belt
    Hague: Brown Belt


  18. 40
    The BBC knowingly biased pseudo socialists on 6 figure salaries says:

    Two of our socialists in one week, oh the tradegy. Mind you we still have Margaret Hodge to spew the hypocrisy.


    • 45
      BBC Corrections Unit says:

      Millionaire Hypocrite Hodge, if you please.


      • 55
        oh my aching sides says:

        On hypocrisy- loving the story of BBC3’s
        ‘Free Speech’ programme censoring a piece
        about gay Muslims.


        • 60
          BBC Corrections Unit says:

          Indeed. This is the organsiation who, in the name of “free speech”, broadcast a program about an ‘artist’ putting a figure of Christ into a jar of p1ss.


          • Not the Same as it ever was says:

            Anxiously awaiting your ruling on the new Noah film, given that gulf states don’t like the reference to the proph’et, expect you’ll be following the line of the new puppet masters.


  19. 42
    D Zur Ted says:

    All the Gangstas are still in bed and the workshy sleeping off their dole cheques


  20. 44
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Did anyone see the hypocritical labour MP during DPQT. He stood up and blamed Cameron for not taking military action against Syria.
    I remember how the labour MP’s cheered and laughed when the vote for action went against Cameron.
    Labour hypocrisy in action.


  21. 52
    C O (Ξ6) says:

    R-Fed Foreign Ministry communique:

    Following the trouble yesterday in Dontesk (East U) they are reserving the right to ‘protect’ R’uss!an citizens in Donestsk.

    The death yesterday was of a U citizen who was attacked by R’ussian’s with ‘non-East U R’ussian’ accents. These outsiders were also reported to have started the violence in the first place.

    Given what is at stake the reverse scenario is incredible.

    A Canal+ reporter, D’avid G’eoffrion, was detained by self-defence units in Cr!mea yesterday, and only released after tapes of the incident he was covering were handed over.


  22. 57
    Not the Same as it ever was says:

    Does Nigel really want to join the House of Strange Members, double pants and belts would seem de riguer these days.


  23. 62
    David Cameron, utter failure and treacherous filth says:

    Queen says no to bumsex marriage:

    Will this end up before the ECHR ???


  24. 65
    RIP Tony Benn says:


  25. 74
    one step beyond says:

    “What would Bob Crow have said?”



  26. 82
    Spirit of Bob Crow says:

    What a fucking waste.

    Give it to the train staff and bus crews instead. They’re the ones doing useful practical work.


  27. 83
    Monika says:

    UKIPs latest offering.


    • 86
      What a creepy video says:

      He looks like Himmler tbh.


    • 92
      Ah! Monika says:

      My half sister


      • 100
        Monika says:

        Sorry to plagiarise, moniker was getting modded often and unnecessarily, so used that on the hoof. Will use another. It’s a joke having to change one’s moniker all the time. Guido is no advocate of free speech, however benign the comment.


  28. 85
    nell. says:

    George Osborne is an anagram of fat-faced, fuckwitted fartknocker. True story


  29. 90
    Ah! ha says:

    nell doesn’t do full stops fuckwitt


  30. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Total votes cast in by elections where UKIP stood = 9926
    Total Ukip Vote = 2192 = 22.08%

    MAGIC Good old Nige, this just proves the Ugov polling report is biased against UKIP
    Amber Val UKIP = 23.15%
    Canterbury UKIP = 18.14%
    Cheshire UKIP= 25.87%
    East Hamp UKIP = 24.50%
    Hamp County UKIP= 23.20%
    Luton Boro UKIP= 13.13%
    Runnymead UKIP = 28.19%

    Large order for toilet rolls required at Tory HQ

    Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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