100,000 Twitter Followers?
Posted on 2012/8/14
Earlier this year, Channel Nine Perth did a story about a Perth Twitterer who had in excess of 100,000 followers.
It really rubbed me up the wrong way as “total followers” is an absurd metric when it’s so damn simple to game the system. Getting the Media to understand this was impossible.
No one in Perth should have over 100,000 followers. It’s not surprising that @ladygaga (over 28 Million Followers) or @justinbieber (over 26 Million followers) have so many people wanting to read their tweets as they are global “sensations”.
I challenge you to find anyone in Western Australia with anywhere near the notoriety required to exceed 50,000 real followers.
Even Australia-wide, you’ll struggle to find anyone with a genuine follower count over 1 million. @kruddmp has just over 1.1 Million and our Prime Minister @JuliaGillard only has around 260,000 followers.
But I now have over 100,000 Twitter Followers.
So how did I achieve this without breaking Twitter’s Terms of Service?
I started by trawling the Black Hat scene. Here you’ll find all sorts of scripts, bots and applications used to game everything from Facebook to Google Ads and even newer sites like Pinterest.
I’m not linking to any of the Black Hat sites as some of them caused my antivirus tools to go nuts and some of the others require you to be on the Tor network.
You can purchase tools (if you’re brave enough) that will perform tasks such as creating fake social media accounts, scripts that will click-through on ads and even bots smart enough to get through those garbled word tests that even a human struggles with.
It was looking like way too much work – and an unacceptable amount of risk.
I let it ride for a while but I noticed other Twitterers follow numbers increasing in the order of 10,000-20,000 PER WEEK.
There was clearly some cheating going on.
So once again, I undertook to find out HOW people go about getting such a huge list of followers.
Let’s start by looking at my account. On July 14, I had around 6,000 followers. This has been built up over 3 years. By today – in just a month, I had just under 100,000 followers.
Each bump gave me anything from 10,000 – 25,000 new “followers”.
But the followers generally aren’t real. It took me ages to track down how to do this, but once I found out I was genuinely surprised at how easy and how “cheap” it was to make your account look super-popular.
Here’s an ad from someone who can supply you with many, many followers overnight.
I WILL GET YOU MORE THEN 25500+ TWITTER FOIIOWERS ON UR ANY TYPE OF TWITTER ACCOUNT WITH OUT ASKING YOUR ID PASSWORD if you want folIowers with pictures then im the best selller to provide this service im giving alot of extra followers if incase some drop . UR ACCOUNT WILL BE SAFE JUST UR ACCOUNT LINK IS REQUIRED ORDER WILL BE DONE IN JUST SOME HOURS. so why ur waiting for start order this gig to i will add the best folIowers i can
All this Advertiser needs is your Twitter Name. They do not need access to your account. This means you can buy followers for yourself or followers for others!
Each bump you can see in the graph above is where I requested more followers. You’ll note that the numbers drop off again quite quickly. In fact, after each burst I lost about 10-20% of the initial surge. I really wanted to see what it would take to get to 100,000 – which I reached this morning. It’s already dropped off to around 97,000. Oh noes!
I am now going to tell you one way to achieve stupidly large follower numbers. Hopefully, this will put to rest once and for all the fallacy that large amounts of followers somehow infers your popularity.
Unless you are super-famous or you’re playing some kind of Twitter-train, the most likely answer is that you purchased your followers using something like Fiverr. A web site where people offer up their services for almost anything for just $5.
Visit the site and do a search on “Twitter”. You’ll soon see hundreds of sellers wanting just $5 to give you a stack of new followers. Or retweets. Or shout-outs.
Search through the list and you’ll find sellers with “good reputations” who will supply anywhere from 1000 to 30,000 new Twitter Followers in a matter of hours for $5.
These Followers do nothing and say nothing. They usually have an Avatar and a Bio, but they’re just not active.
If you’re in the media and you’re planning on reporting on Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest etc etc, please don’t use “Total Followers” as a measure of anyone’s popularity.
It’s totally, utterly bogus.
Even Klout is more accurate than a simple list of users – most of whom do not even exist.
This is a graph of my Klout score over the last few weeks. Note that the increase in followers does not seem to have had any effect on my score at all. The massive 10 point drop is due to my changing my Klout-linked Facebook page from my personal one to my “public” one. The score jumped back when I swapped it back.
Fiverr.com is a great idea and a terrific website. It’s the capitalistic way that people will find a way to make money – even on the things that are not quite kosher. I guess there’s a market for this – and it isn’t hurting anyone…
It’s just a waste of money. I want my $25 back.
Update August 9, 2013: I now have just under 25,000 Twitter Followers. The vast majority of the Followers I paid for have either unfollowed me OR have been deleted from Twitter as fakes.
Now, more than ever, I REALLY want my $25 back!