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Microsoft’s New #DroidRage Twitter Campaign Against Android Backfires

Yesterday afternoon, the official Windows Phone Twitter account Tweeted the message we have included above. They asked for “Android malware horror” stories of yours, in an attempt to highlight one of the fake overblown problems that security companies and the media invented for Android. If your story was the best/worst (whatever that means), then they may have a “get-well present” for you. We’re assuming that means a free Windows Phone.

Unfortunately, for Microsoft, the campaign hasn’t exactly gone as planned. They are certainly generating buzz with it, but almost none of it is positive for Windows Phone.

Here are a few of our favorite Tweets from users who had some fun with this #DroidRage hashtag. 

You can view the constant stream of gems right here.

Cheers One Lump Sum!

  • brando56894

    #windowsrage has also been the top trending hashtag on Google+ all day

  • Geronimus

    I’ve been using android phones since the G1 and never has a single case of malware. Now ask me about my Windows PC? LOL @ Microfail

  • chris125

    I find it funny they use droid which is just a brand rather than android. But hey when you are bringing up the rear you have to try and cheap shot the competition when your devices arent selling that well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gadzgamz Ryan Gadz

      what is the name of this website? hmmm

  • cns2007

    Don’t they make more money from the sale of Android phones than Windows Phone. Why would they mess with their cash cow?

  • TylerChappell

    Maybe Microsoft should go back to the good ole days of picking on Apple instead? At least then they might be able to make worthwhile claims that don’t backfire so badly.

  • http://gamingblather.com/ Drak

    This gives me an idea for a new hashtag, #verizonrage.

  • PhoenixPath

    I bought a live wallpaper and now some dude’s dancing in an elevator on my homescreen and all of my ringtones/notifications were changed to “Heeeeeey, Sexy lady” #droidrage

    Seriously tho’, I searched the hashtag on twitter….yeah…someone at MSHQ is getting fired right about now.

  • Akashshr

    Cheap stunt pulled by Microsoft! Its really humiliating!

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    #WindowsPWN

  • hfoster52

    I wonder what Nokia has to say about this since they are rumored to be working on android handsets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gadzgamz Ryan Gadz

      they aren’t.

  • JazzoRenee

    This is the funniest.
    I mean didn’t anyone think….

  • Sirx

    “My pathetic underlings failed to shoot down the
    escape pod since it had “no life forms aboard.” Death Star plans: gone. #DroidRage”

    -Peter Durfee

    Definitely my favorite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gadzgamz Ryan Gadz

    It didn’t backfire, they are gathering material for an ad campaign, just like their IE troll karaoke champion. From the looks of the tweets and comments here, they are on the right track.

    • EC8CH

      windowsphone… it sucks less…. too!

      brilliant

      /s

    • flosserelli

      Microsoft is relying on the public to guide their ad campaign. And why not? That strategy has served Microsoft well for *years* to help them fix their desktop software.

  • ddevito

    Security software manufacturers. Simply add them to the list of obsoletion.

  • EC8CH

    @windowsphone My android phone and tablet have some sort of virus that has eliminated any desire to use my old windows machines or upgrade them to windows 8 #DroidRage

    A Nexus 4 or 10 will make me feel much better, your choice MS.

    • JoshGroff

      I have the same virus, watch out, it’s spreading.

      • jathak

        I love Android, but I actually like Windows 8 on my laptop (well, until the system board failed yesterday, but that’s HP’s fault).

        • JoshGroff

          Everything is HP’s fault. ;)

          Love their printers, hate their bloatware (do I really need 10+apps to use my printer? No, just let me install the driver from the disc,) not sure how I feel about their laptops since I haven’t owned one personally.

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    WindowsPhone would need a much larger user base to pull this off. Apple could do it, but not MS.

  • gorkon

    While I like the dig on Microsoft, I fail to see how some stupid twitter campaign qualifies as news…..but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt…..

  • 1PPODMOD1

    #DroidRage is when someone

  • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

    @#windowsrage has been trending on Google + today. :) https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/%23WindowsRage/posts

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    My tweet is there xD

  • http://twitter.com/NoBullet NoBullet

    My favorite tweet was:

    “I bought a Nexus 4 and it blew my socks off- now my feet are cold! #droidrage”

    • http://twitter.com/jonathanwow Jonathan

      L U E L I N K S

      • http://twitter.com/NoBullet NoBullet

        omg offsite harassment

  • zepfloyd

    Ironic DROID is only licensed to Verizon and doesn’t stand for Android at large. Is George Lucas, er, Disney raging?

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      90% of Android users don’t know this. Most of them think they have a “droid phone” regardless of which phone they have on any carrier. Verizon wanted their ad campaign to make “Droid” synonymous with “Android phone” and it worked.

  • Jorbo the Borb

    lol “who is its”

  • moelsen8

    hahahahaha i love this one.. i just cracked up..

    “First prize is a Windows phone, 2nd prize is TWO Windows phones”

  • Scott Hammerslag

    Was that all 7 followers of @windowsphone replying?

    • JoshGroff

      That’s more than the number of people that bought Xyboards. I didn’t know Windows phone was that popular.

  • http://twitter.com/StBurke Shawn Burke

    They’ve been doing this for a while…all the way back to the Windows Phone Challenge circa March. I swapped out my Droid 2 for an HTC Trophy and it was actually a God Send compared to the D2. But I’m very happy with my Gnex now.

  • r0lct

    I think their DroidRage is being outsold 100 to 1.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Nice, those are great!

  • schoat333

    I had no idea this was going on. That’s awesome!

  • t3chi3

    After the crappy day I had, this makes it all better.

  • Pandalero

    Just like with any computer, the best AV and protection scheme is an informed user.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • zepfloyd

        As the ol’ adage says “99% of all computer problems exist between the chair and the keyboard”

        • fdupnct

          PICNIC

          Problem
          In
          Chair
          Not
          In
          Computer

      • Emilio Fahr

        What’s up with “Kellex B”?

        • Butters619

          Kellex A decided to take a vacation

          • Fattie McDoogles

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        • DuhMan

          And Kellex C hasn’t shown yet.

          • kaufkin

            and the Kellex NC17D hasn’t even been invented yet \/// :-)

          • EC8CH

            NCC1701D

      • michael arazan

        I hope everyone took to twitter to call out MS on the BS they are trying to spread.
        I’d think this could be slander and sued for

    • mustbepbs

      I work in PC repair, and I have to tell people this every day. They just don’t get it that they can’t click on every link on Facebook and YouTube and emails. Then they accuse me of being in the virus racket and I’m trying to screw them over.

      smh.

      • quiklives

        I can’t even teach my dad the difference between ads and content. It’s been years and he still doesn’t understand. So I have his computer running Linux, Chrome and Adblock to try to minimize the damage he can do.

      • mgamerz

        The problem isn’t that they can’t learn it’s just that they don’t want to learn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    Just shows how afraid Microsoft is. When you have to try and derail another business just to make yourselves look better because you can’t sell the “pros” of your own lineup, no doubt it’s gonna backfire like this

  • DroidBricker

    Microsoft’s way to combat malware is not adding apps to it’s store!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548497404 Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    Why are they going after Android so badly?? It seems the common foe to jump on would be Apple. MSFT, I am disappoint.

    -Sent from my Macbook Pro

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Android is the top dog these days.

    • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      MS and Apple kinda joined forces in recent years against a bigger enemy. {{-_-}}

      • alex drum

        which is odd because in the computer market they are really the only competitors.

        • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

          That’s what we like to call a monopoly. Chromebook anyone? {{-_-}}

          • abqnm

            Only if I can put Jellybean on it.

    • zepfloyd

      Na, Microsoft (despite some moves otherwise) still has a deep seeded hatred/endless FUD campaign for open source in general.

      • ArrowCool

        Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • http://twitter.com/j_mikel222 Mike M

    This is awesome

  • KOBALT

    Pretty sad they resort to this for publicity. However, Google is benefiting hardcore.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28e4cFHVqE&context=C400d214ADvjVQa1PpcFOiLGlDqf2sJr2k4TNISoJzm8bFM7wgYKU= TheAndroid1

    This is getting sad.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tdrussell1 Trent Russell

    In all honestly i have been an Android “power user” for years…i have NEVER had an issue with “android malware.”

    • Sven Enterlein

      I think it’s officially called “bloatware” now ;)

      • sc0rch3d

        My life was complete when Verizon included VCast…. i can’t even finish the joke before i started laughing

        • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

          I love me some VZ Navigator. It’s easily the best Map/Navigation app on Android.

          • cooksta32676

            When I bought my Note 2, the rep said its free for the first 14 days. You can purchase it after that if you for some reason like it.

      • nightscout13

        Bloatware is not the same as Malware.

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bloatware

        and

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=malware

        • Captain_Doug

          Dude, trippy.

        • riccal

          I think you missed the joke.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          Definitely missed the joke

        • alex drum

          (thats what the wink was fore, its a joke… and an insult to bloatware)

          • nightscout13

            Explain it to me, cause I didn’t get how malware is an insult to bloatware.

          • alex drum

            you dont want ether of them on your phone… its like saying having a virus is as bad as having internet explorer on your computer. (chrome all the way)

          • Lactose_the_Intolerant

            He’s making a connection that the ONLY ‘malware’ in our phones is the bloatware that VZW insists on shoveling in.

          • skennelly

            Lol, I think you meant to say an insult to malware.

    • Bob G

      Yup. As with most failures in life, it is 99.9% user error.

      • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

        sounds like an id-10 T error!

        • Bob O’Daniel

          I hate those almost as much as I hate PEBCAK errors.

          • AceXMachine

            And don’t get me started on ESTO errors

    • hfoster52

      Same. I bet this marketing genius is slapping himself right now.

    • Butters619

      So I shouldn’t download the “big booty b**ches” app with 15 downloads and 0 reviews?

      ….huh….news to me…

      • New_Guy

        Wait…what? You mean to tell me…??? Noooooooo =o!!!

        =)

      • mgamerz

        I love that song… find it on youtube. It’s hilarious.

        • JoshGroff

          I had to watch it again after I read his comment. Lol

    • JoshGroff

      Same, minus the for years part. Been an android fanboy since July 2011 with the HTC Sensation release. (horrible device until I started rooting and romming, which came a month or so later.)

    • legend618