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The Once Secret World of Buying Twitter Followers

If you missed Fast Company’s trending article on StatusPeople, a service that analyzes Twitter accounts to see who has bought their followers, you must live under a rock.The Once Secret World of Buying Twitter Followers

My little brother, who hates technology and has never been active on Twitter at least heard about Rhianna being called out for having tons of fake followers. I admit that he only found out about the dirty scheme of buying Twitter followers because he was listening to a popular radio show, but this news was prominent across every social media network so if you didn’t know, it about time you pay attention. So the word is out, people buy fake followers, but why?

Here are three benefits that are motivating people to buy Twitter followers.

1.  Gain Popularity and Authority

Similar to high school, social media is big on popularity. Having tons of followers on Twitter gives the impression that you are someone who people like, respect and want to listen to.

This also can lead to increasing your social status in real life, getting better advertising deals on your website, and freebies from companies that want you to promote them.

2. Get More Real Followers

Here’s somewhat of a generalization that I strongly believe in. Someone that has a lot of Twitter followers is more likely to get you to follow them than someone who only has a few. To further improve on my point, if someone tweets about your similar interests and seems to be an influencer and they have a lot of Twitter followers, aren’t they worth keeping tabs on?

3. Increased Sharing of Content

After growing your following, you gain access to an audience. This increases the possibility that your content will be shared and thus receives more exposure.

A bigger audience also increases the chances of making influential people share your content with their circles, be interviewed on exclusive websites or give you access to guest posting on major blogs.

How Can you Buy Twitter Followers?

The most surprising thing about this is the fact that it’s pretty cheap to buy Twitter followers. The popular site Fiverr.com has ads where people offer several 1,000 followers for $5. That’s a pretty good deal for gaining social media popularity.

I decided to try it out for myself and found the process relatively easy. Typing the keywords “Twitter followers” on Fiverr I found an ad for 1000 followers and signed up for it. I asked for only 500 though, since I didn’t know if I could get rid of them afterwards. I was asked for my Twitter link and in a couple days my Twitter followers had increased by 600.

How to buy followers on Twitter

Previously to getting my fake followers, my faker score was at two percent and afterwards my fake count went up to 26 percent. As much as statuspeople is not reckoned to be foolproof (since it only analyzes a certain amount of your followers) it was good enough to discover my con.

As for getting rid of my fake followers, I had to manually block each one by one; it was such a daunting task that took me hours to complete.

What will Happen with the Fakers?

I personally would be embarrassed to have deceivingly bought fake followers, but the truth is that many people, especially celebrities don’t know they have fake followers. For people with limited social media knowledge or hectic schedules, managing a Twitter account can become very arduous; therefore they make PR agencies take care of it for them. Some PR agencies then, under the pressure of keeping customers happy go out and buy twitter fame.

As for regular people who buy followers to exploit the system, expect society not to have you on that high social media pedestal anymore, the news has reached the ears of thousands, more and more people will now pay attention.

What About You?

Have you thought about buying Twitter followers. What do you think of people who have bought a Twitter tribe?

Do you think buying followers is good, bad, or you don’t care.

Look forward to your feedback.

Guest Author: Lorenzo Gonzalez runs a travel blog about Belize and does social media marketing for small businesses. Follow him on twitter at @belizeadventure.


Lorenzo ran the analysis of my Twitter account without me actually being aware of it and I would like to state that I haven’t paid for any followers in the past or have any intention to do so in the future and that is my personal position and what I am comfortable with. This is apparent from the Faker scores displayed in the screen shot in this post (which he took and included with the article submission) and was a revelation to me.

Amber Mac who wrote the Fast Company article referred to at the beginning of this post stated “The more followers you have, the higher the fake percentage due to more exposure to spam bots”. So no Twitter account will be totally free of “Fake” followers even if you haven’t bought any followers. 


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  • Very interesting article, so true, you DO look at the amount of followers! Just started off on Twitter as a way of communicating/market my start up site and however tempting the “number” might be what puts me off is the lack of feedback/networking possibilities and how to diversify the Fake to the Real.

    • A “True” and “Real” Twitter tribe of followers will provide you with the network to distribute your content and engage with your community globally. I have found it the most powerful targeted social media network in my toolkit.

  • Great article thanks Jeff, Buying followers I suppose is just the lazy way to increase your tribe. Though I do agree with point 2. Personally I would endorse using software such as Tweetadder, as you would be aware I could just target all of your tribe and follow anyone following you in manageable amounts each day, knowing a good percentage will automatically follow me back. Then automatically un-follow any that don’t after a few days to keep my ratios in check. I will at least end up with a tribe of like minded people.

    • Buying Twitter followers is certainly not a moral issue but a personal attitude and philosophy to social media. It is up to each individual how they want to approach it.

  • I auto follow back with Socialoomph but I am looking into TweetAdder. As you grow a larger tribe (if you want to) the stream of pointlessness will be just part of the baggage of the journey.

  • Twitter is a tool and everyone uses it differently. It is totally up to the individual as to how they want to play.

  • It is great to have both, a good level of engagement and a large follower count!

  • It will be interesting to see how the social proof game unfolds and how social networks cope with the gaming just like Google had to manage the black hat SEO and content farms.

  • Great to have your post published. Some cool comments happening.

  • I have over 12K followers, and I came up with 0% fake, 2 inactive and 98% good.

    I know for a fact I have fake followers. Probably many, many fake followers. Certainly more than 0%, and even 2%.

    I duno…maybe their analytical engine was down when I checked my account, but it sure looked like everything was working “properly”.

    Anyways…good post Lorenzo. Info you provided is really useful. The service?…well, let’s just say I know what it’s like to be always in beta, so it’s all good 🙂

    • Yeah, I heard it wasn’t foolproof so I went and experimented for myself. To my surprise it worked for me and my fake followers were registered. Hopefully they don’t turn out to be another klout.

      In the end, the best thing about this topic (and we should thank Mitt Romney) is that faking your influence has come to light. And for that I am very happy.

      • You can fool some people some of the time but you can’t fool everyone all of the time!

  • What if I decide to clean up my fakes (1%) and inactives (9%), any idea which tool can be used to identify who among followers are these?

    • I don’t think it is worth the time and effort to take it to that level.

    • Carolyn M.

      Tweepi is great and it’s free.

  • This created quite a stir in South Africa Jeff, with an article being published where it was insinuated that local social media celebrities bought fake users (http://memeburn.com/2012/08/followergate-gaming-the-system-to-boost-follower-count/). There are legitimate ways to increase your followeres where you pay to be a featured user (e.g. http://www.followfriday.com) or listed on directories. I think people should focus more on the quality of the conversations/interaction they are having with their real followers than bother with the conversations they are not having with their fake followers.

  • Wonderful article. As much as I want to increase the number of my twitter followers I still would not buy them. For me, it is much better to gain those followers because they want are interested in what you tweet than buy plenty that do not care.

    There are plenty of fake followers out there who only create these accounts for traffic.

  • It’s always about people who are searching the easy way! I was surprised to know about “buying followers” thing about two years ago, It is totally a shame to buy followers as it looks like buying a faked certificate or degree! No difference at all as both are helping in creating a career progress!

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    Buying followers on social media is a false
    economy simply because your fake friends won’t interact with you on the sites.
    It may look impressive to have a high number of followers but, unless it adds
    substance to your presence, it really has no meaning. The proliferation of
    Twitter bots designed to react to set words or phrases makes the volume of
    followers on Twitter even less important.

  • TwitterFollowers

    I think it is a great way for new business, bands, artists to kick start their Twitter accounts. Without a bunch of followers its almost impossible to get people to follow you. No one wants to follow people who have no followers, PERIOD. SO for this reason I think it is a good and great idea to get you started. Plus, once you have more followers than there are following you, you can then add more targeted followers yourself. This is a great technique for gaining targeted followers.

    • Perhaps you SHOULD follow people new to Twitter? That would be the spirit of giving and networking? I personally avoid people with thousands of followers and only a hundred or so tweets -sure sign something is up. Real life networking is hard, real social media should be no different.

  • I think it’s a bad idea.. period ! Fake followers will not engage with you and why would you really want them.. although there is that Social proof they bring.. that’s what make it tempting.. I’ll just stick to the old fashioned way..;)

  • Ended up with a 2,4 and 94 this morning when viewing my results. I do not believe in buying fake likes or followers. This just seems unnatural and not ethical.

  • I rather have 100 true followers then a million fake followers I have a blog and if i am to get people to read it. Then I need true followers.

  • I am thinking of increasing my twitter base as fast as possible…I have not bought a single follower but as I understand twitter it is land of vast clutter where people are sorting through and categorizing things. Having 50,000 followers gives you reach through impression that you can’t have with 2000 followers. The argument shouldn’t be if buying users is wrong but does it give high rate of conversions at the end of the day. Marketing departments are buying “leads” everyday and buying followers is the same thing a “digital lead”

  • I was unaware of fake Twitter followers until I read your article. The reason I was searching on Twitter Fake followers was because this morning when I got on my Twitter account I had about a 500 increase in followers. When I looked at these followers they didn’t have any profile and appeared to follow people but no one followed them. Since I had so many of them I did a search on-line as to what happened. I never paid for these followers so how did they get on my account, I can’t seem to find the correct answer when I google it.

  • I buy real and fake followers from twitterfollowers.fm among other things..

  • Kostas KOstalampros

    Great Article with fantastic resources 🙂

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  • Ben Anderson

    Interesting article. In advising my clients I never suggest buying followers. Organic growth based on engagement and content is always better. I find that my feed with 1,000+ followers (and only 2% fake) is plenty for getting the word out. If I were more interesting then more people would follow. As it stands I have about 5 new followers a week on average.

  • Alex Whinfield

    Awesome article, thanks for the share. I wasn’t even aware there was a tool to discover how many followers could possibly be fake.

  • Are the bought twitter followers robots?

  • I’m actually just starting out on twitter (@loot4students) and I’m growing slowly. I have been tempted by fake followers but it’s much more rewarding when genuine people follow you. You get a great sense of satisfaction knowing that somebody followed you because they are interested in what you offer, not a simulated robot!

    At the end of the day I use twitter to push people towards my website (www.Loot4Students.com), fake followers are no use to me.

    • Tom Jef

      Buying twitters followers
      will helps a lot and do miracles for organizations, individuals,
      artists, actors etc who want to use social media to promote their
      business. twitter helps you to get promoted among the millions of the
      people in a many ways. Promotion on twitter is as much effective as in
      any other social media network. Tha fact is that twitter has millions
      members across the globe which a very big number. This is a huge target
      market where millions of potential customers are present. Twitter can
      play very important role to get popular in these potential customers.
      The number of users on twitter is growing in thousends every day.

  • That is interesting. Thanks for the insight!

  • hughosmith

    A good friend of mine tried this recently. He paid $21 for 1,000 followers and like you, spent HOURS purging them from account. They were either fake accounts, people overseas who spoke no English or young kids. It’s just not worth the hassle.

  • DJ Slide

    I buy just to get the ball rolling

    • Tarun Grover

      goodjob me too

  • aleena rose

    Nicest information!!! I’ll be enchanted to greatly help due to what I’ve learnt from here.
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  • You don’t have to buy followers to get them, you can advertise, join directories, or sites that help you connect with other users but the fact is that you are going to get fake followers anyway. Nothing in life is free. A large majority of people use Twiends to connect with others and you’re not buying followers but seeds in order to increase your following base. I just learned about status people and I found I have a lot of fake followers so I signed up for their service to clean up my account because I am becoming an author and I want a real audience. Fake followers do not support you or buy your products.

    The question is not whether you bought your followers but whether your profile shows you have the wisdom, credentials, poise and intelligence to attract, lead and command a large number of followers. In other words does it make sense? That’s where the embarrassment comes in not in buying followers.

    Unless you are a celebrity no matter how many followers you have interaction is going to be minimal because most online users search and read rather than post and engage. The reality is that it is the number of people who actually read your content and take positive action if you have anything to sell that truly matters. If you are not selling or growing you might as well close up shop and go home.

  • fakes are fakes i got into that trap and as soon as they are delivered they will drop like flies the trouble is you cant keep buying from different companies trying to find out the best site as this has a adverse effect on your folowers and instead of gaining you end up losing followers

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  • Miral

    Great Method and Content, i will try this strategy today…


  • Tarun Grover

    thanks for this

  • Tarun Grover

    thanks for the twitter follow article going to try it for my website Popcorn Time

  • David DeSousa

    I was interested in buying some followers and found this site : http://www.socialmedia-farm.org/ — quite a few people told me use them. But is it really worth it? I am worried that my engagement levels wont match my level of followers?

  • Arnold Weisse

    I have about 1000 true followers on my movie site Movie2k and I have had no issues. They come to me because I provide the movies for them to watch online. No fake followers here.

  • Arnold Weisse

    thanks for this, I will use it for my site Movie2k

  • kielydon

    These are authentic tricks. Really useful. Actually, the best way to get followers is to be real and authentic person..

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  • Mikaela Pierre

    Great Article! Gaining few REAL Twitter Followers is better than having FAKE FOLLOWERS.