Comparing presidential candidates’ fake Twitter follower accounts
There have been a couple stories recently about using fake Twitter followers as a way to show influence in politics.
It’s not perfect, but it’s something.
It takes a “sample of your follower data. Up to 500 records depending on how ‘popular’ you are and assess them against a number of simple spam criteria.”
They also say that this tool is accurate for 10,000 followers or less. “If you’re very ‘popular’ the tool will still provide good insight but may better reflect your current follower activity rather than your whole follower base.”
You can read more about the Faker Followers tool here: http://fakers.statuspeople.com/Fakers/FindOutMore/
With those caveats in mind, here are screenshots of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates:
On the flip side, that’s 4,849,900 “good” accounts following Obama and 425,456 following Romney. We’ve leave out the inactive ones.
The “good” accounts are 42,733 for Biden and 77,339 for Ryan.
Truthfully, there are no real conclusions to make here… just some numbers/stats to look over.
NOTE: I took the “test” and am proud to say that only 3 percent of my followers are fake.