Over 27% of the Top 10 Twitter Accounts’ Followers Are Fake

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Over 27% of the Top 10 Twitter Accounts’ Followers Are Fake
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Fake Twitter followers are on everyone’s mind. Last month, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Twitter followers jumped substantially overnight, leading some to accuse the campaign of buying followers. They denied it of course, but it led to a much more prominent discussion of the somewhat depressing reality that many of your tweets may be falling on deaf ears. Deaf, fake ears.

A recent study into the “Twitter Underground Economy” demonstrated just how easy it is to buy fake followers on the site. The study found that the average cost of buying 1,000 fake followers was about $18, and the average user who buys fake followers has about 48,885.

When we say “fake,” we mean fake – accounts conjured out of thin air for the sole purpose of boosting follower counts and egos. They can also be used as retweet factories, but then again, who needs a fake account with no real followers to retweet your tweets anyway?

Twitter has a little over 140 million active users. CEO Dick Costolo said so a few months ago. But some analysts have claimed that Twitter has over 500 million registered accounts. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that that’s a huge percentage of inactive users.

It’s pretty clear that Twitter is full of fake and inactive accounts. That’s not debatable. We thought it would be fun to look at the top 10 Twitter accounts (according to number of followers) and see just how many of their followers are fake and inactive.

Lucky for us, Status People has just released a new tool that allows any Twitter user to check their (and their friends’) follower breakdown.

“We take a sample of your follower data. Up to 500 records depending on how ‘popular’ you are and assess them against a number of simple spam criteria,” says Status People. “On a very basic level spam accounts tend to have few or no followers and few or no tweets. But in contrast they tend to follow a lot of other accounts.”

They also say those with 10,000 or less followers will get the most accurate breakdown, but they feel confident that their tool is accurate for all Twitter users. Of course, determining what is and what isn’t a fake account isn’t an exact science, but Status People’s tool gives us a nice insight into how authentic these massive celebrity Twitter followings really are.

We looked at the top 10 Twitter accounts in terms of follower count, and we found that that 27.1% of their followers are listed as “Fake,” on average. And a whopping 40.5% of the accounts are said to be “Inactive.” That means that only 32.4% of the accounts that follow the top 10 Twitter accounts are “Good,” legitimate users.

Twitter Queen Lady Gaga only registered 29% “Good” followers.

The star of the top 10 was Kim Kardashian, who registered 44% “Good” followers and only 18% “Fake.”

Note: The top 10 Twitter accounts in terms of followers currently belong to (in order) Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears, President Obama, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and YouTube.

Over 27% of the Top 10 Twitter Accounts’ Followers Are Fake
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  • http://www.heurekagroup.com Ebube George

    The science of twitter falseography has been established. An interesting part of admiration and celebrity bubble has also been burst!

  • http://www.zazzle.com/silverwear_drawer_identification_bumper_stickers-128534447804298199 Artnip

    I had no idea. Thanks for the info. Enjoyed reading it.

  • http://www.plexusslimdiva.com Robin

    I have been building my twitter account. I follow about 100 at a time and then in about 10 days I unfollow anybody that has not followed me. I hope I get more real people when I do that. I’m working at building a good list of people I hope??? I’m taking my time with this new twitter account and trying to build good followers for the long term.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    I hope people are starting to realize that it doesn’t matter how many followers you have, it’s how active those followers are that counts. While having 15,000 followers may make you feel good, do they really do you any good if only 2,000 of them are actual people?

  • http://www.mietwagenbewertung.info Mietwagen bewertet

    Great little tool from Status People.

    The same happens with Facebook likes. As long as people like to show off with the number of friends, fans or followers they have these things will happen.

  • http://LocalSearchSanJose.com Jim Wilkerson

    I see small businesses everyday that seem to focus on social media activities like Twitter & Facebook…sometimes not even having a core web presence of their own…or if they do…one that screams the same message as using a Hotmail,Yahoo or Gmail email address. Hard to take someone seriously that won’t make a minor investment in themselves & their own business.

  • http://resellercliff.blogspot.com CliffatGoodlandLLC

    That was a great update on twitter fakers Josh Wolford.I like how you
    took action to see the top ones.So did you check out Mitt?You can follow
    my small business @petryearl on twitter we are real

  • http://www.plexus-slim.org Ruth

    I like using twitter as it is a quick way to stay in touch with friends, family are just keep up with the news that’s going on. I am a twitter user now for 5 months and I enjoy it. You can also visit my personal site on www.plexus-slim.org


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  • kashyf

    Gosh!!!wat a terrible way to increase ur followers.
    Helpful info thou..:)…follow me I’ll follow back…100percent not fake wid d id nor d tweets,all genuine n life related tweet:)…@djdvil

    • ava green

      Did anyone mention the fact that 70% of Obama’s Tweeters are fake, as well?

      • ava green

        In case my comment is not published with the link, I’ll just post it this way.

        Did anyone mention the fact that 70% of Obama’s Tweeters are fake as well?

  • evaj

    I like using tweets as it is a fast way to keep touching buddies, family are just keep up with the information that is going on.

  • Joe Tay

    Yes, I know one person Amar Kanwal @amarkanwal with millions of fake followers on Twitter. He posted a fake biography of himself online. A lot of my friends already know about this.

    I saw a tweet that fake Amar Kanwal sent out, and I searched that tweet on Google. All the accounts that retweeted that tweet were suspended. lol

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