Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers, with more than 19.5 million
Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers, with more than 19.5 MILLION online fans who don't really exist
Among influential U.S. political tweeters, President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake followers. A MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive total among the 21 most influential accounts run by American politicians: More than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don't correspond to real people.
The four phoniest accounts in the sample, which included Democratic and Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C., were those belonging to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and the White House communications shop.
Of the president's 36.9 million Twitter followers, an astonishing 53 per cent – or 19.5 million – are fake accounts, according to a search engine at the Internet research vendor StatusPeople.com. Just 20 per cent of Obama's Twitter buddies are real people who are active users.
There is also the possibility that prominent politicians are buying blocks of Twitter followers. Such an accusation was leveled at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.
The digital security company Baccardua Labs told The Guardian that Romney's surge of new followers at the time were 'not from a general Twitter population but most likely from a paid Twitter follower service.
Is this a method to get his word out to a bigger audience?
Maybe someone could expand on this....there's plenty of politicans with twitter followers like this. I've always thought that the Obama camp was pretty good at taking advantage of social media, but this is a different strategy.
This post was edited on 9/25 at 9:44 am