Have we created a paradox in the concept of followers on Twitter where reality isn’t what it seems? Reports are that even the President of the United States has enough spam followers to knock out half of those who never followed out of real interest. If even the President has this issue, you have to wonder about all those celebrities who have upwards of 15 million or more followers. Are at least half or more of them not even human, hence making them closer to having only a small portion of the world anxiously awaiting an update?
For the rest of us who still have yet to get anywhere near 1,000 followers let alone a million, it’s also a sign of that our real followers may be only within a small few. But how do you really know who’s a follower and just following you to as a promotional tool? That’s sometimes a challenge lately, especially if you notice a follower with a similar profession to yours. Fortunately, some of the less astute spam followers are still leaving evidence that can help you scope them out.
What Are the Basic Signs of Fake Followers?
One of the surefire signs of spam followers is when it’s a business that relates to something you might have said in a tweet or perhaps your own industry. In the latter case, it might be more challenging to determine if they really want to follow you or just check you out as part of their competition. If you only mentioned the name of a business in a passing tweet and know they’re only spamming you, don’t hesitate to block them on your follower list.
And after all this time, you’d think someone peddling porn would be more subtle than placing a scantily clad picture of themselves in their profile pic. While some of them still do that, not all of them do. Some try to convince you they’re a clean-cut person who’s serious about…something. The giveaway is that they never talk to anybody and only place quotes from the likes of Plato on up to their supposed own aphorisms about dating and relationships.
The above usually work together in similar groups, which could be one person creating fake bot accounts.
On an overall basis, you might be able to scope out fake followers based merely on the conversations they have. Spammers don’t have many if any conversations with people. You should assume that if it doesn’t appear to be a normal conversational human being using social media in the right way, put them on infinite block.
What Tools Are Available to Determine Real Followers?
An app called StatusPeople has been around for a couple of years and works in tandem with Twitter to help you determine which followers are real. It’s one of the few apps offering this service while probably giving you results you didn’t expect. In many cases, some end up finding out that more than half of their followers are fakes, leaving some users likely feeling disconcerted about their Twitter existence.
While using this app could create Twitter existential angst, it’s meant to just provide brutal truth so you can start anew on finding real followers. What makes StatusPeople even more useful is it automatically blocks any future fake followers once you let them operate through your Twitter account or use their pay service. Along with analytic tools, you can finally get an accurate measure of who’s really interested in you and who isn’t.
If Twitter survives into the coming decade, using tools like this may take things back to basics when social media began. That’s when the drive to hit 500,000 real followers may become a huge mountain to climb for famous and non-famous alike.