No, likes on FB or social media don't count.
For trending stories, that is a list of the 3 most kudosed stories that were written in the last 30 days. That obviously leads to more kudos since they stay on the main page, but as soon as a story hits 30 days old, it would roll off that section. So no way that this user could have their stories appear on Trending, since they were written in October.
I must be missing something, because I don't see anything weird on the last 24 hours and the trending stories on my page are from March. I haven't been on here in a week or so, so maybe I am just behind.
Gone from the 24 hour list but still on the other lists. I hope that person is following this thread on at least one of his/her screen names.
ahhh.... now I see it. The same person as before. Maybe those of us who have not flagged should do so as well to really bring attention to this account.
I first accidentally ran across it when one of the (I suspect) fake accounts gave me a single kudo. When I went to look at their profile to look for stories to reciprocate I saw that they had no stories, but had kudo'd the suspect account non stop besides the one kudo to me I think was accidental. I looked at the account for several days, and saw the same pattern of no stories, non stop kudos to the suspect account. One day I noticed that suspect had 100+ kudos but no activity on the account I was watching, which led me to think there are multiple fake accounts. posted here and flagged to mods but they're still at it. They also get like 15 kudos in a minute, which is definitely not legit reading and appreciating stories. maybe the mods will look into it...eventually.