Maybe it’s me, but the spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination pervading the marketing for this product screams scam. Needless to say, the following email did not help:
What started as an idea in my head has now become something very real and we would be nothing without you. My deepest appreciation for your pledge, it really means the world to us.
Once we hit our goal we want to break records, the more we raise the faster we can build. Please help by supporting any of the initiatives below.
Initiative 01 | Share with dreamers
Find other dreamers, tell them about the project and encourage them to support the idea, if we want to build the worlds largest dream data base we need the world to be involved.
Initiative 02 | Find Me
Find me on facebook | hunter lee soik and be my friend ;] or support or FB page here | https://www.facebook.com/discovershadow. You’ll get all the info in real time and can share from there.
Initiative 03 | Thunderclap
This service is super cool and helps small organizations get out big messages. You sign up with your social media links and on October 4th at 11am EST everyone message will get released at the same time.
Here’s how to join
THUNDERCLAP | http://bit.ly/15PK9ID
01 sign up or sign in
02 click social network work with most reach
03 then click the 2nd and 3rd, for example if you start with FB, then do twitter or tumblr next.
04 Sit back and watch what happens on October 4th at 11am. The first time we did this it was really awesome to see all the posts trend immediately.
Again, huge thank you and I leave you with this quote from -Margaret Mead
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-hunter lee soik
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at [REDACTED]
(Except for removing the author’s phone number, the above is copied verbatim, including the typo on line 1.)
The false flattery (I’m sure my $1 pledge does not actually “mean the world to you”) and chain letter-like pressure to indoctrinate your “social network” feels downright sleazy. Meanwhile, there’s no additional information about the product or what it will do. (“The more we raise the faster we can build”…what, exactly?) I wish I could claim to be surprised.
Incidentally, I’m pretty sure this email was composed by hand – I’m not aware of any mechanism in Kickstarter to automagically email new backers.