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Exploring the Sketchy Ads Under Viral Tweets | Internet Analysis

Internet analysis: sketchy ads under viral tweets! // download Likewise for free and follow me!
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I tried selling a viral quarantine product using twitter influencers - the ecom king -
My Dropshipping Product Became VIRAL on Twitter in 24 Hours - J Rich -
How I Made $7,609 My First Time Dropshipping On Twitter! - Jacob Canales -
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Tiffany Ferguson (she/her), 25 years old, currently in NYC. Here on Tiffanyferg, my main series is called Internet Analysis, where I research and discuss topics related to social issues and media.

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Have you ever wondered what's up with those sketchy products promoted under viral tweets? (such as ocean galaxy lights, sunset lamps, squish / plush pillows, slime clean, etc.) who is paying for these promotions? are the products legit or scams? how much money are Twitter influencers making through these promos?
0:00 - intro
6:56 - why do companies promote their products this way?
8:32 - false product endorsements
9:28 - monetizing stolen tweets
10:02 - what's up with the products?? knockoffs mostly
11:46 - what about the companies? drop shippers mostly
16:51 - how much do these sellers actually earn?
18:35 - are the influencers being paid fairly?
20:31 - (content warning: diet culture & fatphobia) the infamous "Sarah's Discovery" scam
24:07 - small channel shout out: Aime Maggie!
24:41 - small channel shout out: Mary McGillivray!


  1. tiffanyferg


    2 dagen geleden

    new internet analysis!! let's explore those sketchy ads promoted under viral tweets! TIME STAMPS BELOW: 0:00 - intro 6:56 - why do companies promote their products this way? 8:32 - false product endorsements 9:28 - monetizing stolen tweets 10:02 - what's up with the products?? knockoffs mostly 11:46 - what about the companies? drop shippers mostly 16:51 - how much do these sellers actually earn? 18:35 - are the influencers being paid fairly? 20:31 - (content warning: diet culture & fatphobia) the infamous "Sarah's Discovery" scam 24:07 - small channel shout out: Aime Maggie! 24:41 - small channel shout out: Mary McGillivray!

    • Sweet YFT

      Sweet YFT

      17 uur geleden

      At the end of the video you talk about your desire for content creators to form unions. I’m not 100% sure it would qualify as a union but there’s something similar that was created by French content creators. It’s called « Guilde des vidéastes » if you’d like to look into it.

    • Piz Meyre

      Piz Meyre

      Dag geleden

      Awesome vid as usual. Also, that orange cap looks so good on you!

    • Mary Putnam

      Mary Putnam

      Dag geleden

      I saw news recently that social media creators are now eligible to join the SAG-AFTRA union

    • mel


      Dag geleden

      Please make your next channel shoutout ChadChad! Her channel is so funny and she is super underrated!!! Love you queen!!

    • Heather Hansen

      Heather Hansen

      Dag geleden

      I MISSED YOU T-FERG!!!!!!!!!

  2. Reepicheepchan


    19 minuten geleden

    Lol $20. I cannot imagine degrading myself like that for $20.

  3. Emma Drake

    Emma Drake

    38 minuten geleden

    Hi there! Always wanted to understand this better but maybe you could do a video on communist craze culture with gen z kids and why they think that and where it came from because they most likely have not read the communist manifesto. It’s all over tik tok and Twitter maybe a good idea! Loveeee these videos, stay safe:)

  4. Laura Kindle

    Laura Kindle

    55 minuten geleden

    When I saw the thumbnail and title I was so confused at how Tee Turtle's reversible plushies were involved. So sad to think that someone might have bought something thinking that they were getting a cute Tee Turtle plushie and then ended up with an Ali Express plushie.

  5. lola


    Uur geleden

    I love the video. I agree with you about the need for transparency in the social media industry! Also your hair looks so nice. 💕💕

  6. Chiara Z

    Chiara Z

    2 uur geleden

    If I had worked on the internet, I would have unionized with you ahah

  7. solenne henry

    solenne henry

    2 uur geleden

    Everytime I order something off of Aliexpress I feel like I'm in 18th century America awaiting a parcel shipped by my family from England

  8. multiple spiders

    multiple spiders

    2 uur geleden

    so this is what those dumb youtube ads are trying to promote

  9. Melissa Diamond

    Melissa Diamond

    2 uur geleden

    Can you do a video on those comment scams that say something like "I made $50,000 a month working from home" people leave in comment sections everywhere?

  10. yennni


    2 uur geleden

    I thought I had been subscribed to you but I just subscribed 💖

  11. WhoCaresAlisha


    2 uur geleden

    That nose peel mask gives me nightmares. 😳

  12. Vanilloia


    3 uur geleden

    God Dropshippers piss me off! I order a lot of small and weird stuff on ebay to avoid amazon (shoutout to Boatsbuilder Hamburg, they have the most specific screws you could ever need) to avoid Amazon. And then it shows up in an amazon package :/// Anyway, great vid, very nice explanation of the process!

  13. Laura Elise

    Laura Elise

    3 uur geleden

    Just realized you are wearing the necklace I bought my mom for Mother’s Day 💫🌸💕

  14. Nan Nkala

    Nan Nkala

    3 uur geleden

    That likewise app though got me that’s an app I must have

  15. Bluatruli


    3 uur geleden

    Your make up is poppin today!!

  16. arlothedino


    4 uur geleden

    I do have to say that I really want to buy that squid plushie that looks too much like a penis.

  17. Dylan Bradford

    Dylan Bradford

    4 uur geleden

    Thank you for your BRAIN!💕

  18. Katrine Mikkelsen

    Katrine Mikkelsen

    5 uur geleden

    Just me who find it a bit ironic that the one guy chose to donate the money to an environmental cause, when he made them from selling products that are harming the environment

  19. AdeolaSpeaks


    5 uur geleden

    That guy who used his girlfriend and then gave her 1% makes me 🤢🤮

    • Vanilloia


      3 uur geleden

      Right? like even if its a Bit he plays for the camera...what a shitty Role

  20. Kimberly M.

    Kimberly M.

    5 uur geleden

    Really thought 'ecom king' said 'scam king'. I hope the dude that used his fiance as advertising disclosed he was gonna donate the money.

  21. seren vlogs

    seren vlogs

    7 uur geleden

    omg wish likewise was available in the uk 😭😭

  22. Flo Brez

    Flo Brez

    7 uur geleden

    I bought something off of a Facebook ad and it never arrived. I had to get a refund on my credit card. I don’t trust any ad on Facebook.

  23. someone you might know

    someone you might know

    7 uur geleden

    Would dropship stuff sink if everybody suddenly decided to try it? That could be a way to undo this :') or have even more junk advertised everywhere

  24. Scarlett Hemmings

    Scarlett Hemmings

    7 uur geleden

    I think part of this also stems from tumblr, there were a lot of viral posts, usually with clothes with memes on them or other things relevant at the time, and they would later reblog with a link and maybe even a promo code

  25. someone you might know

    someone you might know

    7 uur geleden

    Wait, only 10 to 20$? Tf these profitting advertisers can fly off :'D

  26. someone you might know

    someone you might know

    7 uur geleden

    These fucking ads are so weird, I wonder who actually clicks on them too :')

  27. frosty cube

    frosty cube

    8 uur geleden

    this has been on my mind a lot!! ty for taking your time to unpack this

  28. Danielle


    8 uur geleden

    You’re earrings are so cute, they remind of ✨ lol legit sparkles hanging from your ear

  29. Julieta Avilés

    Julieta Avilés

    8 uur geleden

    12:43 hide the pain Tiffany 😔

  30. Lyamel Moreta

    Lyamel Moreta

    8 uur geleden

    I love your style so much ♡♡♡♡

  31. fleurdalizee6


    8 uur geleden

    A The Guardian article about NLcamerasrs unionizing:

    • fleurdalizee6


      8 uur geleden

      and another one

  32. Oi Oi

    Oi Oi

    8 uur geleden

    Omg, the Sarah one. It has been here for how long? I'm so annoyed when I see that.

  33. Olivia g

    Olivia g

    8 uur geleden

    when u get an ad for a drop shipping website whilst watching this video 😭

  34. anon y

    anon y

    8 uur geleden

    So like? Where do the original products come from? And how do they go viral initially? I only ever see the drop shipped knock offs

  35. Claudia Butters

    Claudia Butters

    9 uur geleden

    This (dropshipping) doesn’t even seem like an effective way to make money - the amount of time you have to invest into something that doesn’t even guarantee any return??? And you have to always make an initial investment??? Nah

  36. HolandaChiquita


    9 uur geleden

    :'( I can't download Likewise in my country... It seemed like a nice app. Great video though! Very interesting!

  37. Kuro


    9 uur geleden

    people are really abandoning their dignity for 10-25 dollars??

  38. Ariana Sayad

    Ariana Sayad

    9 uur geleden

    I don't have a Twitter but I've seen all of these ads on insta after tiktoks or memes.

  39. handsoap


    11 uur geleden

    The “ complaining about a product taking a while to ship” is so incredibly American, I would expect nothing less than a month for an order to arrive at my door (after also paying an insanely high import tax). The other day I got something the same day I ordered it and I was absolutely shook how fast it was (even though I shouldn’t have been because it was from a local retailer).

  40. Yellow Scarf

    Yellow Scarf

    11 uur geleden

    Wait is this also why most of meme insta post have this sort of advertisement on their second slide ?

  41. Margherita Coltri

    Margherita Coltri

    11 uur geleden

    I've been waiting for this.. *TURN IT UP!!*

  42. Juju Alex

    Juju Alex

    11 uur geleden

    I had two ads promoting e-commerce. Ah, the irony.

  43. Whispery Wind

    Whispery Wind

    11 uur geleden

    This is all news to me and I am MINDBLOWN!

  44. Fran Polyphemus

    Fran Polyphemus

    12 uur geleden


  45. shirkey


    12 uur geleden

    i get upset over the fact that the octopus plushie just costs usd $2 and dropships sell it for wayyy more expensive. this goes for so many more “viral” products and especially the instagram dropship fashion getting a way too big of a profit margin

  46. Naz Sherif

    Naz Sherif

    12 uur geleden

    The more I learn about Twitter the happier I am that I don’t use the app 😕

  47. Haley B

    Haley B

    13 uur geleden

    I bought one of those 3D printed moon models. It took like 4 weeks and by the time I got it I forgot that I had even ordered it

  48. jessmess


    13 uur geleden

    omg??? this entire time i thought those ads were for the OP's small business. wow this is crazy

  49. Sena Baran

    Sena Baran

    13 uur geleden

    how is dropshipping even legal

  50. joshdove


    13 uur geleden

    I really thought all these people just had drop shipping sites 😭😂💀

  51. Bobateapengin


    14 uur geleden

    The purple vibrator ad gave me whiplash when I saw it on a popular tweet lmao

  52. ich123binsimmernoch


    14 uur geleden

    I love how with every video you become increasingly more anticapitalist

  53. notmaureen


    14 uur geleden

    Lmao I saw someone take the money up front and then blocked the brand/advertiser. Beautiful.

  54. Regina Scholey

    Regina Scholey

    14 uur geleden

    ah such an interesting topic! I've always been so confused by these tweets

  55. Lisa N.

    Lisa N.

    14 uur geleden

    You've been missed. Yay, a new video!

  56. acetaminophen PM

    acetaminophen PM

    15 uur geleden

    Listen I got the sunset lamp and I think it’s pretty cool.

  57. Aspen Johnson

    Aspen Johnson

    15 uur geleden

    is it just me or do your packages also normally take a few weeks to get to you. I think it's because I'm in Australia..?

  58. Jillian Beaupain

    Jillian Beaupain

    16 uur geleden

    was casually browsing twitter while watching this (bc I have no attention span anymore) and I came across so many of these

  59. Midnight Bard

    Midnight Bard

    17 uur geleden

    Thank you for teaching me how to drop ship. I now have 13 store fronts. Jk.

  60. C T-P

    C T-P

    18 uur geleden

    My favorite thing about tiffany is that she addresses things we all see but nobody is talking about for some reason.

  61. Lily Cohn

    Lily Cohn

    18 uur geleden

    your hair is so nice

  62. carrieblogger


    19 uur geleden

    Dropship 👏🏻 hustle 👏🏻 culture 👏🏻 makes 👏🏻 me 👏🏻 want 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 puke 👏🏻

  63. V1sual3y3z


    19 uur geleden

    liked for unionizing

  64. darpur


    19 uur geleden

    i love your topics

  65. Livia Marques

    Livia Marques

    20 uur geleden

    Even worse than these "drop shippers" are people who do it "in real life" - I came across this ig post of someone explaining how they go to discount stores or big stores and basically clear out the sale/clearance stuff, and then set up an amazon store and sell it. It just came across as so scummy to me. They go to "select neighborhoods", buy all the stuff that's available there, then sell it for a much higher price. But as it turns out, this isn't unethical or shady, it's just that I have the wrong mindset, baby! I just don't have that millionaire mindset. Silly old me.

  66. Cass V

    Cass V

    20 uur geleden

    they both grew by thousands since you took the sub counts 😍🔥

  67. Flavio Carlos

    Flavio Carlos

    20 uur geleden

    i’m surprised that the sponsor of this video is something that I’d actually use lmao. downloading likewise rn 💁‍♀️

  68. D B

    D B

    21 uur geleden

    This kind of reminded me of Smokey glow’s video on brand trips and the ethics of them as influencers may not be paid to love the product after the trip but after the brand has spent so much on it and the influencers want to go on the trips again so they keep on endorsing the trips

  69. mitsukislife


    21 uur geleden

    Bruh I knew it was a scam, but I've actually seen the angry/happy octopus plush in real life. It was on someone's dashboard in their car 🙀

  70. TimeKeepingMagic


    22 uur geleden

    I literally got a ad for how to get rich and stand out as a drop shipper or something like that on this video 😂

  71. Sherry Li

    Sherry Li

    22 uur geleden

    I have a small-ish twitter account (11k followers) and these promotions are the WORST. On Twitter, we have a bunch of groupchats where we do talk about promos and advice/word usually spreads fast. You can usually negotiate with the promo people (I've heard people getting over $50 for promo) and for a while a lot of accounts were getting suspended for doing Twitter promos. Apparently it was because they didn't include the #ad but I think a lot of my friends tend to avoid doing promos now anyway because they're afraid of getting suspended.

  72. Kelsey Rodriguez

    Kelsey Rodriguez

    22 uur geleden

    thank you so much for making this vid! I'll admit I totally fell for the sunset lamp link and bought it and all they sent me was some bogus tracking link and emails trying to contact them bounce!! they're a total scam.

  73. Rebecca


    23 uur geleden

    Would you do a video on green washing?? I feel like it's all over instagram in ads and profiles pushing suspicious "eco-friendly" products by calling them "vegan" and "organic" but then they contain ingredients suspected of being bad for the environment and causing allergies. I got fooled by this because they say "perfume free" and other buzz words. Can also just be 100% scams sometimes. and it's always more expensive than other things so I wasted soooo much money

  74. Nicolette Peters

    Nicolette Peters

    23 uur geleden

    im obsessed with your internet shoutouts!! i always go binge the channels!

  75. Izabella Higson

    Izabella Higson

    Dag geleden

    You should absolutely check out FYPM - its an app started by @msyoungprofessional to help increase transparency and fairness in the influencer-payment sphere. Their instagram is

  76. zyperellen


    Dag geleden

    The only unionization effort for NLcameras I have herd of is FairTube

  77. Grace g

    Grace g

    Dag geleden

    influencers can probably join IWW and unionize that way. I don’t think they have a predetermined section for influencers, but you can select “other” while joining.

  78. Sonakshi Sharma

    Sonakshi Sharma

    Dag geleden

    love the outfit it gives you vice principal ethos

  79. socialmite


    Dag geleden

    Not them stealing tiktoks ???

  80. Natalie


    Dag geleden

    Hi Tiffany could you talk about how the military’s youtube ads are trying to be cute and hip and cool

  81. Aquamarine13


    Dag geleden

    My friend actually got one of the seal pillows delivered after he bought it and he uses it as an actual pillow haha

  82. Carol Nuñez

    Carol Nuñez

    Dag geleden

    ooo i love this episode and love those shout outs too. we love a good channel recommendation

  83. Bella Jones

    Bella Jones

    Dag geleden

    Yuki the seal is my one true love and now I really want the original pillow

  84. Chachi


    Dag geleden

    I just can't imagine proudly making a video telling everyone how shitty of a person I am by documenting, in detail, how I lie, manipulate people and break the law. Be a shame if they got reported.

  85. Miranda Schneider

    Miranda Schneider

    Dag geleden

    Wow I’ve been thinking about buying the sunset light too...

  86. kooolkidninjamaster


    Dag geleden

    I've seen that vibrator more than I've seen my parents this year.

  87. Monny Arcade

    Monny Arcade

    Dag geleden

    The two ads I had on this video were both about how to start your Dropshipping career.................................

  88. Mona A

    Mona A

    Dag geleden

    These drop shippers are scummy as hell

  89. tiffany


    Dag geleden

    I click on your vids so fast every time I see this series

  90. elena3008


    Dag geleden

    I had two ads for making money by drop-shipping in this video lol. Thanks for doing your research, I always wondered why every viral tweet has the same three ads under them

  91. Monny Arcade

    Monny Arcade

    Dag geleden

    "Maybe you received a small angry seal" had me cracking up

  92. Isa Lovegood

    Isa Lovegood

    Dag geleden

    It’s always the pore/ pimple extractor

  93. Zuzia Szadziul

    Zuzia Szadziul

    Dag geleden

    I love how Tiffany stresses through the whole video that she is making a video about these products but doesn't support them 😅

  94. elliewelly16


    Dag geleden

    those octopus plushies oh my god. i’ve always seen this and thought oh that’s a bit weird and then moved on with my day but i had no idea how widespread it was

  95. Roquette


    Dag geleden

    Likewise isn't available in my country :(

  96. Alex Haze

    Alex Haze

    Dag geleden

    Hi, since you were asking about a youtuber's union, I do happen to know about one: german youtuber Jörg Sprave created one simply called NLcamerasrsunion. He's a guy who specializes in creating and building projectile launching machines of many kinds and "showing their features" to the viewers, so nothing to do with commentary but still haha. His union has been up there for a while too (three years I think?) so that's kind of cool. From what I know it was the first youtuber union but I could be wrong. Cheers from France :D.

  97. gin williams

    gin williams

    Dag geleden

    i think that all commentary youtubers should get cute matching tattoos that say "allegedly"

  98. Василия -x- Vasilia

    Василия -x- Vasilia

    Dag geleden

    *The Instagram equivalent is "SWIPE ➡️➡️" [ridiculous mobile game ad]*

  99. in the reeds

    in the reeds

    Dag geleden

    not me getting an ad for how to make more money dropshipping on this video ......

  100. kit kat

    kit kat

    Dag geleden

    3 minutes in and im baffled that they only get payed like 10-20 dollars for this. IM POOR but tbh thats just embarrassing y'all really selling out over that much money ?? aren't u embarrassed to post some weird tweet advertising a purple vibrator ???