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If you are on Twitter you will have heard of “Fake Followers“, if you haven’t then let me give you a little information about them, putting it simply, these are accounts that are created for the purposes of falsifying people follower counts and can also be used as potential spammers.
Celebrities Are The Worst For Fake Followers On Twitter!
You can’t believe it when you see how much of a following some of these big celebrities have on Twitter, they are in the millions, but when it comes to the numbers, do you realise that millions of their followers are actually fake or inactive account!
Take as an example, Justin Bieber, now while I was compiling this article I did a check on his Twitter account to get the current numbers that he has following (I may have to say that these number are not 100%, but they give you the idea).
Anyway, I digress, Justin Bieber has 40,638,393 followers, 19,912,813 (49% are fake) and 32% are inactive. That’s nearly 20 million FAKE followers, how bad is that!
What Does This Mean For The Everyday Non-Celebrity Tweeter?
Now as I said this is an example using Justin Bieber’s number, but when it comes to the every day tweeter, like myself and probably you reading this article, those massive numbers are nothing to us.
But, when we get those fake followers jumping on to our Twitter accounts it shows a lot more.
My own personal experience is I had a massive influx of followers on my Twitter account sometime back which I didn’t think much of and bathed in the moment of a bigger following, but on closer inspection these followers were a fake accounts, thankfully Twitter in its wisdom does a cull every so often so they started falling off my account.
But this shows in your stats for your Twitter and these sudden rises and falls don’t look good at all and if you are one of the many that “auto follows back” on Twitter (which I don’t recommend), then you will get caught in the trap of even more coming your way.
How Can You Tell These Accounts Just Aren’t Right?
For me I use a website that allows me to “vet” my new followers, enabling me to see their bios, avatars, tweets, friends and follower counts to help me make the decision on who I should follow or not. I use the website SocialOomph, you could also use Tweetdeck to check out new followers.
7 Points To Remember When Checking Your New Twitter Followers
- An avatar doesn’t mean a thing, just because it looks professional or legitimate it may not be, it’s easy for people to copy a twitter account! Eggs are a big no no!
- Check out the Name, it may look real, but again it can easily be a duplicated Twitter account!
- Bios can be copied much like the Avatars, just because the bio says one thing, doesn’t mean it’s the truth.
- Follower/Following counts. Many time these mass spam account will be following between 30-100 and are followed back by 3-10.
- Tweets, check a new followers tweets, do they look interesting, are they mixed languages, do they show “ID:xxxxxx”or even just a date! These are potential fake accounts!
- Who are they following, are they following other accounts with the same or similar tweets. The same goes for the batch of new followers you may have received, check them out closely!
- Be vigilant, if you expect an account to be spamming you, either use the BLOCK or REPORT SPAM option on Twitter.
— Karen Woodham (@BlazingMinds) June 13, 2013
Why Do You Get A Big Amount Of Fake Accounts?
There can be many reasons why you will get a big influx of fake accounts following you, it can be from simply using a hash tag that is being watched, or even that you’ve become quite popular on Twitter to even posting up a video of the latest movie blockbuster!
But they can’t really do you any harm, as long as you don’t click on links or fall in to the trap of the DMs (Direct Messages) that they may send you if you follow them!
Although many will argue that by having a large amount of fake followers does make you look bad to other users, but lets face it, if the fake accounts follow you, the only thing you can do is BLOCK them and sometimes it can take a while to sift through your followers or wait for Twitter to cull the bad users.
So it’s best to keep on guard from the start and make sure you know who you are following and don’t just follow people of Twitter for the followers, always remember: Quality Over Quantity
There also seems to be the latest movement from spammers to “Favourite” your tweets to get your attention, you may have noticed that you have been getting your tweets selected by some rather strange Twitter accounts, 4 times out of 10 these are Fake Followers, so be weary!
Over To You Dear Reader Now It’s Your Turn
Have you recently had a large a amount of these rather dodgy looking user follow you?
What have you done about it?
Do you have a technique or use any websites that help you organise who you follow?
So please let us know what you do about Fake Followers on Twitter and what you think about them (keep it clean though lol).