Much like the way you can spot a fake handbag, there are also ways to spot a fake Twitter follower – Tweeter, if you will.
1. Sexy and Senseless
Who are these people with all this free time that they can just make fake accounts? Obviously, those with the risqué photos and ridiculously pervy bio are like a glaring neon siren. Delete. A bot? A bit harder to spot, but generally if you read some of their tweets and they make no sense or link to one thing over and over, it’s a bot. Delete. Gone.
2. Dead Air
Money can buy anything – including Twitter followers. There are actually services for this like getting a pedi or takeout, just slightly more expensive. And, a little creepy. These accounts will likely look sleepy. Read: not technically in use but still sitting there hogging the username.
3. Spot the Rest
Did you know there is actually a tool that will tell you how many of your followers are fake, how many are inactive, and how many are real? Fakers will take your Twitter handle, work its magic and let you know the scoop on your account. For example, Lady Gaga’s score is 34% Fake, 38% Inactive and 28% Good.
Unfortunately, you can’t click on the fakes and have them automatically delete. That you’d have to do manually, which explains why celebrities have such a high percentage of fakes. They aren’t going to go through their millions of followers and hand delete.
Fortunately, the issue is definitely coming to light since websites such as Yahoo! News and Mashable have been breaking it down. Hopefully in the future, we can be bot free. But, anyone who has seen I, Robot knows it’s not likely.
Drop us a comment: How do you feel about the abundance of fake followers or bots on Twitter? Did you check out your account on Fakers? Share your score below and tell us if you‘re surprised by what you saw or if it was what you expected.