Two weeks ago, on February 3rd, 2010, one woman, named Coral Anne, set out on a mission to create a Facebook fan page with more fans than Nickelback. At the time, we highlighted the page as part of an ongoing Facebook phenomenon. Diving deep into her psyche, she determined that what better way to upstage and simultaneously embarass Nickelback than to base her movement on an otherwise nondescript pickle. A few days ago, the mission proved successful.
On February 19, 2010, she accomplished her goal and her fan page entitled “Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback?” exceeded Nickelback’s fan page’s 1.4 million fans. This prompted a possibly-fake Chad Kroeger, lead vocalist for Nickelback, to demand it be put down, with the proof shown below in the image.
Doubters will of course wonder whether a multi-Platinum rock star lead singer would come after this Facebook group, but Chad Kroeger has been known to lash back before. Famously, in responses to general criticism about his band, he stated:
“(Millions) around the world will disagree with anybody who says that,” he said. “Nickelback does not suck – if you don’t like Nickelback, you don’t like Nickelback – (but) Nickelback does not suck.”
Certainly, having to explain the only reason you don’t suck is by counting your record sales is a questionable strategy to deflect criticsm, but in any case, Chad is the type to fight back.
Finally, the fan page has prompted an official page, entitled Pickleback, and as the site and Fan page’s popularity grows, the page will certainly continue its meteoric rise, probably based on the hilarity of the word Pickleback alone.
Coral Anne stated a few important notes as well, that do highlight interesting facets of Facebook Pages:
1. I am fully aware that I misspelled Nickelback as “Nickleback” in the name of the page. This is because Facebook doesn’t allow you to put the word Nickelback in the name of a page because I guess if someone did it would be copyright infringement.
2. Yes, this page was inspired by “Can this onion ring get more fans than Justin Bieber?” before anyone tells me that I copied the guy who made that. I know I have but I thought his idea was so hilarious that I just had to do something in its likeness. So I was inspired, more or less!