Should a Guinness World Record count when it was exclusively the result of an initiative to break the previous record? That question could be asked about the new mark for most comments on a Facebook status update.
Tracey Hodgson of the United Kingdom, a fan of Zynga game FrontierVille, created a Facebook, group, Ffgpioneers, where 107 FrontierVille aficionados began commenting on an October 30 post, leaving an average of 9,358 comments apiece.
At the time of this post, the total number of comments on the Facebook post exceeded one million.
Hodgson told Guinness World Records:
I started to get into FrontierVille after my daughter started playing it using my Facebook account. I began to play myself, and then got involved in helping with the game’s community groups as an administrator.
My friend Nattie Murphy saw the previous record and suggested that I try to break it — it sounded like a great idea for our group to show what we are capable of when we work together. We had over 107 help, but many left the record group because of the constant notifications. There was a core group of four people, including Nattie, adding comments.
It feels fantastic to have been able to break the world record for our community. While I don’t actually play FrontierVille anymore, I’ve met some great people through playing it and love to be able to help them enjoy the game still.
Our take: We’d be a lot more interested to see a Guinness World Record for actual comments to a meaningful Facebook status update, rather than an unabashed attempt to break a record. Readers: Do you agree?