• See who has fake followers causes drama in SA Twitter community [pics]
    Posted by on Aug 17th, 2012

    Ok so over the last couple of days there has been lots of social media chatter about a new app called Status People Fake Follower Check which apparently allows Twitter users to see how many of their followers are fake, inactive or good. It also allows users to check other Twitter accounts and this has caused some drama in the South African Twitter community. For one it raises some very interesting questions when determining the reach of a user and how influential they really are.

    Here’s my results.

    fake followers

    And here’s the results of notorious SA Twitter user Nonhle Thema who has 135 000 followers.

    And this of well known SA singer Steve Hofmeyr. Shame.

    Mmmmm…few fake followers, but I definitely need to work on my inactive followers. You lot should stop watching and get involved dammit. As for my fake followers..well i’ll just put that down to those sexbots who automatically come knocking whenever i mention the word vagina. Which is rather often. Seen some people say that fake followers are the same as bought followers, but that isn’t always the case.

    I checked a whole bunch of people including well known media celebrities to SA politicians and i was initially gonna post their results, but decided against it. The results for some of them are well…interesting to say the least.

    Will it effect how you view someone from now on? Or does it make no difference to your opinion of the person you are following? And will advertisers or brands take this into account?

    What does your followers profile look like…check your and anyone elses  HERE . Also get the explanation of how it works HERE .

    Shelley Pembroke (@ShellsPemBroke) says:
    August 08, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I don’t think there’s much you can do about the inactive users though. From my understanding those are the people who signed up, tweeted once and gave up :) Unless you have super magical telepathic powers like I do.

    #fionakrisch says:
    August 08, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Interesting. I scored 0% fakes, 14% inactive, and 86% Good.

    Justine says:
    August 08, 2012 at 10:30 am

    What About @KirstyBisset @BarryTuck @GorillaCM? They are the ones SELLING themselves as “Social Media Experts”

    Hennie says:
    August 08, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I make a point of weeding out people who appear to be fake or who doesn’t tweet. The whole point of Twitter is to reach an audience. You are fooling only yourself if you have fake followers.

    August 08, 2012 at 10:30 am

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