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President Obama’s Fake Twitter Followers Outnumber Mitt Romney’s Total Followers 6 to 1

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President Obama’s Fake Twitter Followers Outnumber Mitt Romney’s Total Followers 6 to 1
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It’s pretty safe to say that everyone on Twitter is followed by at least a few fake accounts. We always knew that bots ran rampant on the site, but recent studies into the buying and selling of fake Twitter followers has put a spotlight on just how serious the problem really is.

Plus, there was that whole thing about Mitt Romney’s follower count making a suspicious 100K+ jump overnight.

But in terms of sheer volume, President Obama dwarfs the presumptive Republican nominee in fake followers. A new tool from Status People allows anyone to look at the breakdown of followers of any Twitter users to see how many are “fake,” “inactive,” and “good.” And using that tool, we can see that 31% of President Obama’s followers are deemed fake. Since Obama has around 18.8 million followers, we can calculate that just shy of 6 million of them are fake.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, only has 900,000 followers total. Only 16% of those are fake, according to the tool. That amounts to around 144,000 phantom followers.

And these figures don’t even take into account the “inactive” percentages, which total 39% for the President and 31% for Romney. Any number of those “Inactive” users could be fake.

Really, it all comes down to how many followers you have. The more you have, the bigger the percentage of fakes you have as well. We recently crunched the numbers and found that, on average, over 27% of the top ten Twitter accounts’ followers are fake. That means that although Mitt Romney was in the news recently due to speculation that his campaign had bought over a hundred thousand followers overnight, he’s far from the only Twitter user to have a fake follower problem.

President Obama’s Fake Twitter Followers Outnumber Mitt Romney’s Total Followers 6 to 1
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  • Cee

    I’m in business and I follow Obama and there is nothing fake about me. Stop writing fake stories.

  • http://www.information-entertainment.com Judi Copeland

    Yawn! I agree with Cee.

  • Jacob

    OMFG! The other two posters are idiots. I can tell by their comments that their reading comprehension is lacking.

  • http://www.pinkzebralionmarketing.com Dusan

    Okay. So?

  • John

    Agrees with their line of thought…Democrats do the same thing with fake voters.

    • Tom Truthteller

      John,
      Thank you……..that is actually the real story here. In every real, prosecutable and documented case in recent history, the Dems and their operatives have been the ones engaging in questionable voting tactics, including faked or deceased registered voters. The fact that the president has such a large number of fake followers should come as no surprise……….his is the party of questionable tactics and illusion. Whatever Jacob is referring to, the fact he is engaging in name-calling is a good clue that someone is addressing the real problem. Cee’s comment makes no sense, since the article doesn’t suggest that all of obama’s followers are fake, just millions.

      • korry

        Oh, boy, the red herring “voter fraud” BS of course has to come up. Gotta love that right wingers just CAN’T refrain from lying BS. There is effectively NO voter fraud. Deal with reality, you stupid POS.

        • korry

          There are fake accounts on EVERY site on the web, that outnumber real accounts. DUH! But thanks for your ignorant, lying, juvenile, pathetically STUPID input. It’s just so SPECIAL….just like your education, I’m sure, you short bus POS.

        • http://www.conservativefiction.com/blog/ Jamie W.

          Oh, really?

          http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/25/drug-money-funds-voter-fraud-in-kentucky/

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1960#Controversies

          http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/is-voter-fraud-a-real-problem/voter-fraud-is-a-proven-election-manipulation-tactic

          http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA636.html

          There’s plenty more where that came from. You just have to do a little research. And that’s only what’s caught, of course.

  • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

    The difference in real followers could be attributable to the difference in demographics between President Barrack Obama supporters and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney with Obama supporters generally being younger and more likely to have a Twitter account.

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