Lying About McDonald’s Milkshakes Is the New Way to Go Viral on Twitter

By Mike Pomranz |

Twitter is a public forum, but most of the posts to the social media site gets about as much traction as a snowball thrown into the depths of hell. That’s probably what Twitter user Josh Raby figured when he posted a 29 tweet tale on April 11 about a trip he took to get a milkshake at McDonald’s. He only had about 700 followers at the time. Maybe they’d find his story funny? Maybe they wouldn’t even notice?

But Twitter is a public forum. And even though most tweets get lost in the ether, some don’t. Some garner a lot of attention. In Raby’s case, 29 tweets gained a lot of attention as a bizarre tale of his trip to McDonald’s for a milkshake that devolved into a make out session between a middle-aged fast food worker on the graveyard shift and his wife became the viral phenomenon du jour.

You can read Raby’s bizarre milkshake-centric encounter for yourself: His skills as a storyteller are apparently what got him here in the first place. What the 29 tweets don’t tell, however, is the firestorm that has happened since: International coverage of his story, fact checking missions to determine his tale’s validity, a personal invite from McDonald’s to let them send a limo to help him fulfill his milkshake craving, and of course a lot of Internet trolls.

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In the 48 hours since his original tweets, Raby has admitted that is story is an embellishment, a tale that is more fiction than fact.

But you know what they say: Never let the truth get in the way of a viral story.