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?

  2. 2
    I detect a SCAM says:

    Why does a monopoly have to advertise anyway?

  3. 3
    Follow the money. says:

    Follow the Money.

  4. 4
    KSG says:

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 9
    Skeleton bob says:

    Obviously lessons have not been learned.

  10. 10
    Myfanwy says:

    Bob Crow would not be able to stop spluttering once he read Geedes article

  11. 11
    Ed Fudge Miliband says:

    Unlike myself.

  12. 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?

  13. 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

  14. 14
    Owen Jones,Socialist turned Capitalist says:

    First Bob Crow dies, then Tony Benn.

    Typical socialists- one out, all out.

  15. 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.

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

    Not quite.

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

    Not quite.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 20
    Dahn de choobs says:

    Has his successor been named yet?

  21. 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?.

  22. 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?

  23. 23
    Table manners says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. 25
    Table manners says:

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

  26. 26
    The ghost of Bob Crow says:

    Not if I have anything to do with it.

  27. 27
    Scum says:

    Hague would have been out of his depth too

  28. 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?

  29. 29
    Mitch says:

    Travel Alerts, as above?

  30. 30
    Mitch says:

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

  31. 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 :-)

  32. 32
    Photographer uses Ugly Filter says:

  33. 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.

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

  35. 35
    Ramblers says:

    With Tony you knew if you innocently used a footpath on his estate you would be sued.

  36. 36
    A place at the top table says:

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

  37. 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.

  38. 38
    Sarajevo Guide says:

    And this was destroyed the last time the EU f’ucked up.

  39. 39
    Jude O says:

    Putin: Black Belt
    Hague: Brown Belt

  40. 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.

  41. 41
    THE one and only GRIM R says:

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

  42. 42
    D Zur Ted says:

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 45
    BBC Corrections Unit says:

    Millionaire Hypocrite Hodge, if you please.

  46. 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.

  47. 47
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:


  48. 48
    Darn Tooting says:


  49. 49
    baroness ashpkt says:

    I have become very attached to muss dress and will be bagged up on my eventual return in line with the new EU Citizen Charter that wil introduce more of this special ethnicity.

  50. 50
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Trash area.

  51. 51
    here's an idea says:

    Ukraine has got fuck all to do with us.

  52. 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.

  53. 53
    hang about.. says:

    I don’t do Facebook or Twitter.
    I’ve never missed it.

  54. 54
    Same as it ever was says:

    Not exactly pretty is it, has the puke been cleaned up yet?

  55. 55
    oh my aching sides says:

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 58
    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.

  59. 59
    Not the Same as it ever was says:

    We are not bovvered anymore, bored. The world turns.

  60. 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.

  61. 61
    The Trash are kept behind gates. says:

    Taken outside his gated community flat.

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

    Queen says no to bumsex marriage:

    Will this end up before the ECHR ???

  63. 63
    bingo says:

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

  64. 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…

  65. 65
    RIP Tony Benn says:

  66. 66
    jgm2 says:

    Who the fuck does he think he is? Jeremy Clarkson?

  67. 67
    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.

  68. 68
    People of Britain says:

    “International Donors”? Fvck, that’s us!

  69. 69
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Lost again Chucky?

  70. 70
    Mitch says:

    Does Max not have his penis between his legs, then?

  71. 71
    Not the Same as it ever was says:

    Out of what? Where had it just been?

  72. 72
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    No, the flags are the right way round. Lavarov has just fraternally annexed Hague’s seat to make a point.

  73. 73
    The EU got too blasé says:

    So what?

    Ukraine is part of Russia, not the EU. Get used to it.

  74. 74
    one step beyond says:

    “What would Bob Crow have said?”


  75. 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

  76. 76
    Garfield says:

    Where is the phucking Nutter Warden when you need him.

  77. 77
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Yeah let’s stick our heads in the sand and pretend Russia’s fraternal assistance will stop in the Crimea.

  78. 78
    They will be calling Vaginas Cunτs next says:

    What is this modern trend of calling a dick a penis all about?

  79. 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.

  80. 80
    Mitch says:

    He was landed gentry, and protected his interests accordingly. But, the important bit is that he called himself something else. So that’s ok then.

  81. 81
    Not the Same as it ever was says:

    Or welcome the refreshing normality of Vlad.

  82. 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.

  83. 83
    Monika says:

    UKIPs latest offering.

  84. 84
    Not the Same as it ever was says:

    Good to know the potholes are worth the price of a mosk makeover in some shithole.

  85. 85
    nell. says:

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

  86. 86
    What a creepy video says:

    He looks like Himmler tbh.

  87. 87
    Probably says:

    Because you’re never in the country?

  88. 88
    Executive Summary says:

    Unlike Ed

  89. 89
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Who exactly is Tory Dave?

  90. 90
    Ah! ha says:

    nell doesn’t do full stops fuckwitt

  91. 91
    Harriet Harman says:

    Well, we certainly don’t want any young women getting their faces dirty

  92. 92
    Ah! Monika says:

    My half sister

  93. 93
    Commuter says:

    A ‘travel alert’ is usually a euphemism for ‘we have fucked up again’

  94. 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.

  95. 95
    Cast Iron Dave - Labour Stooge says:

    Oh Yes

  96. 96
    fixed it for you. says:

    Putin: Black Belt
    Hague: Brown Hatter

  97. 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. 98
    Nigel Evans says:

    Not when I felt there.

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Shutdown of Missing 777 Flight Communications “deliberate”

  100. 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.

  101. 101
    Dot Cottons fag says:

    Cant wait.

  102. 102
    La la la la la la la la la la says:

  103. 103
    here's an idea says:

    I don’t see the people of Ukraine and Crimea
    will be better served by annexation to the EU.

  104. 104
    face lift says:

    …or in her case, a mask make-over..

  105. 105
    face lift says:

    All his ‘constituents’ are in hiding as they knew he would be on his usual Friday morning walkabout.

  106. 106
    face lift says:

    Still asleep if he lives is Streatham High Road.

  107. 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. 108

    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!

  109. 109
    Bob says:

    the witness should have said “ok, stand here and I’ll show you”

  110. 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?)

  111. 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.

  112. 112
    Myfanwy says:

    No, he has it on his head, that little lump covered by hair

  113. 113
  114. 114
    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.

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