Beware of Twitter Fakers

Ever wonder how a very popular author can have only a few thousand twitter followers while one you’ve never heard of can have a hundred thousand or more? Ever wonder how you personally can try to work Twitter as best you can and come up with only a few followers a day while other people seem to get 10,000 in one quick jump?

Well, did it ever occur to you that followers can be paid for?

On Twitter, sometimes people aren’t always as popular as they seem.

But alas! There is hope. Read this article from Forbes about how these fakers are being found out, and what the dire repercussions are for people who try to use hired followers to boost their own popularity among people who would otherwise ignore them. Find out how these people can be found out, and how very import people, including potential employers are screening out these fakers using new tools,

“As I took our issue to Google, naturally, I discovered that for the price of my iced chai latte, I could unethically buy up to 1,000 new followers. And that was the minimum package, another $20 could buy me triple the amount, and so forth. Essentially, you can become a social media superstar overnight.”

says Chereen Zaki, author of the article “Paying For Followers May Cost You A Job.”  She also says:

“Employers can now weed out the imposters on Twitter using applications such as Statuspeople.com’s Fakers application, or Social Baker’s FakeFollowers application. These applications allow you to measure your own, as well as other’s fake, inactive, and good followers on Twitter. If your faker number runs under 20%, you tend to be on the safe side. On TwitterCounter.com, there is the option to enter the name and receive a three-month view of the follower count. If there are irregular significant jumps, then all signs point to fake.”

This is something to keep in mind. Just today I was comparing the number of followers of a well-known autistic author from Australia with an autism activist from another country. The one from Australia, who has written many books and gone on the lecture circuit, has less than a thousand followers, while the other person has more than a hundred and seventy-five thousand, although that person’s followers seem to be dropping in leaps and bounds for some odd reason.

The bottom line is, trust your gut. You might also trust Twitter. It is a violation of terms of service to buy followers, and if you do, you are likely to lose your account.

Thomas D. Taylor

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