Hmm: Majority Of Obama’s Twitter Followers Fake?

Much like Obama’s qualifications and policies

(USA Today) President Obama’s Twitter account has 18.8 million followers — but more than half of them really don’t exist, according to reports.

A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama’s crowd includes “fake followers,” The New York Times reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.

“The practice has become so widespread that StatusPeople, a social media management company in London, released a Web tool last month called the Fake Follower Check that it says can ascertain how many fake followers you and your friends have,” the Times reports.

“Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers,” said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. “We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake.”

So, we can thusly assume that only 30% of Obama’s Twitter followers are in the category of “bat guano crazy zombies”. Good to know!


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2 Responses to “Hmm: Majority Of Obama’s Twitter Followers Fake?”

  1. The Worm says:

    From the USA Today article:

    Republican opponent Mitt Romney has far fewer Twitter followers — not quite 900,000 — but it’s a good bet that some of them are fake as well.

    Blantant, unadulturated media bias. They didn’t look into Romney. They have no idea if he’s being dishonest like Obama, but the writer still puts the jab in to nulify the damage to Obama.

    It’s no longer subtle.
    The Worm

  2. Yeah, that meme has been going around, but they didn’t even attempt tovuse the tool to check.

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