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Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers

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."

Notes the Times:

If accurate, the number of fake followers out there is surprising. According to the StatusPeople tool, 71 percent of Lady Gaga's nearly 29 million followers are "fake" or "inactive." So are 70 percent of President Obama's nearly 19 million followers.

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.

Both campaigns have denied buying Twitter followers.


Source:Drudgereport


Added: Aug-24-2012 Occurred On: Aug-24-2012
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  • How much are you willing to bet that many of his voters are in the same condition? Non-existent.

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  • Everything about Obama is FAKE.
    Fake birth Certificates
    Fake girlfriends
    Fake Wife (Yes Michelle actually has a dick)
    I bet his kids are fake too-probably got them at a car wreck

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  • He prints millions in fake money and send millions worth of weapons to mexican drug gangs...no one gives a shit about that either.

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  • this is where i can butt in and talk about social media because i was in that business

    yes, you can buy followers on twitter, yes you can buy "likes" on facebook, yes you can buy views on your youtube videos

    social media numbers and statistics are so overly exaggerated, inaccurate, and false in some cases

    large companies, politicians, celebs, pay people to manage, acquire followers, and screen posts, tweets, and pages

    they also hire consultants to boost, views, likes, followers, an More..

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  • Goodbye Barry Hello Mitt.

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  • when you join twitter there are suggestions of people to follow - I'm guessing the most common suggestions for twitter newbies is to follow Obama... so without this suggestion I wonder how many followers he'd have. In NZ the PM has the most followers - Kim Dot Kom is in 2nd place but has only been on twitter for a couple months.

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  • Seriously nobody gives a fuck. This is all you fucking nitwits can come up with? Fucking losers.

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  • I bet there are 18 million who want to know what lie he'll come up with next as soon as his chief of staff tweets it

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  • All of his followers are "FAKE" one way or another..

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  • lol...you count twitter as a source?? you are retarded.

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  • HOW DARE THEY SAY THEM TWITTER COUNTS AINT REAL FOLLOWERS! YOU CAN VERIFY EVERYONE OF THEM, JUST GO TO YOUR LOCAL CEMENTARY! THERE ALL THERE JUST CHILLIN!

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  • Romney and Ryan...... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

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  • Those 70% are his deceased voters. They follow him from beyond.

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  • WHITE TRASH AT WORK

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  • Romneyhood ......... Give to the Rich take from the poor

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  • Everyone has fake twitter followers...

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  • Obamas composite followers........

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  • IT'S THE ECONOMY COMRADE!

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  • Pretty fucking sad, when you have to stroke your ego to these extremes.

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  • I'm sure the campaigns have, at times, bought Twitter followers, but not all of these "fakes" are necessarily purchased. Some are probably people who signed up, followed a few big, popular names, and then never spent any time on Twitter after that or built up any followers. They're not fake so much as just inactive. Others are probably fake accounts put together by various marketing/spam groups who try to use the popularity of one account to build their own. The "recommended f More..

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  • Lol 70% don't exist... I think you'll find they do exist. He is the President of the USA. You lot's crazy articles are making me enjoy liveleak more every day!!

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  • Who cares about Twitter followers? We're only care how Romney paid only 13.6% tax while everyone else is 20% and above?

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    • @tesko

      It's called tax avoidance. It's legal, and everyone with a brain does it. He hires CPAs to figure it all out. Don't blast him for what everyone does, or at least, those that deduct by the rules.

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    • @tesko

      If everyone else were paying 20 percent or above, maybe this would be a problem. What people tend to ignore in this whole discussion of Romney's taxes is that he's paying a higher percentage than at least two thirds of the country. Half of people don't pay any taxes at all. Another large portion of moderate income earners pay only minimal taxes, often less than 5 or 10 percent.

      It's fair to argue about whether or not the tax code ought to be revised to make someone like Romney pay m More..

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    • @tesko You see what it is, is that Romney is far smarter than you are, and makes Barry look like a chimp-which barry is a chimp

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    • @joe prole Tax Loopholes are written into the code--If we simply had a flat tax of 10% across the board-there would never be an issue

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    • @Jegsman Yeah he makes the fucking President of the USA look like a chimp. Wow you fucking fat sacks are way overboard.

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