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(US News)   Not News: Romney's Twitter account has a bunch of new friends. News: Most of them are fake profiles that were purchased. Fark: At least five had the same profile picture   (usnews.com) divider line 139
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2012-07-28 11:51:42 PM  
This surprises anyone?

This is a simplistic tactic meant to sow FUD. It wouldnt shock me to find out that other mainstream politicians do the same.
 
2012-07-28 11:55:20 PM  
You know who else likes to do this on Twitter? 99% of those fake-ass "SM/Internet Marketing Experts."
 
2012-07-28 11:58:13 PM  
awww
 
2012-07-29 12:00:16 AM  

cman: FUD


images.wikia.com

Sow what now?
 
2012-07-29 12:00:48 AM  
Those followers aren't made up, they're just from Canada... You wouldn't know them.
 
2012-07-29 12:02:01 AM  
Mitt the Twit.
 
2012-07-29 12:09:33 AM  
Who's surprised really?

Mitt Happens.
 
2012-07-29 12:10:27 AM  
Well, Daddy isn't around to buy his friends for him anymore

/someone has to do it
 
2012-07-29 12:13:24 AM  

RadioAaron: cman: FUD

[images.wikia.com image 200x251]

Sow what now?


He's Romney's type of guy... he owns a mansion and a yacht.
 
2012-07-29 12:20:44 AM  
Fake Facebook friends.

Phony voting ballots.
 
2012-07-29 12:21:37 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: He's Romney's type of guy... he owns a mansion and a yacht.


slowclap.jpg
 
2012-07-29 12:24:21 AM  

Godscrack: Who's surprised really?

Mitt Happens.


I like this. May I use it, please?
 
2012-07-29 12:25:11 AM  
His friends really are bots. Sheesh people, look at the big picture here.
 
NFA
2012-07-29 12:59:21 AM  
earthisland.com
 
2012-07-29 01:18:32 AM  
At least five had the same profile picture...

Wasn't this girl by any chance was it?
 
2012-07-29 01:20:14 AM  
HTML Fail..
www.addictinginfo.org
 
2012-07-29 02:06:29 AM  
"Green suggested someone else may have bought the followers to embarrass Romney."

Why could this not be the case?

If you're going to set up fake accounts, why would you use the same profile pictures?
 
2012-07-29 02:07:57 AM  

crypticsatellite: "Green suggested someone else may have bought the followers to embarrass Romney."

Why could this not be the case?

If you're going to set up fake accounts, why would you use the same profile pictures?


A) creator of account never thought he would be caught, or
B) it was a bot who pulled random pictures from the web and set up the twitter accounts

I think it is B
 
2012-07-29 02:27:03 AM  
I'm guessing in high school he had to pay kids to hang out with him too.
 
2012-07-29 02:39:25 AM  

RedPhoenix122: I'm guessing in high school he had to pay kids to hang out with him too.


Apparently, the trauma of his high school years left a mark, and he needed to spend three (draft-eligible) years, bringing the teachings of... well, whoever, to unsaved souls among les propriétaires de vignobles in the French countryside.

Luckily for the United States, Mitt overcame this hardship, in time to attend Harvard. And happily for the Bordeaux aficionados of the world, Mitt wasn't too good at winning converts.
 
2012-07-29 02:46:40 AM  

RadioAaron: cman: FUD

[images.wikia.com image 200x251]

Sow what now?


Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.

Basically, concern trolling.
 
2012-07-29 03:56:38 AM  

Godscrack: Who's surprised really?


Well, he does have a history of buying an audience to cheer for him.
 
2012-07-29 04:03:49 AM  

kingoomieiii: Basically, concern trolling.


Ahhh, I understand now. Thank you.
 
2012-07-29 04:22:27 AM  
Pursuant Pythagorean is pretty cool. Almost as funny/sad as when Gingrich did it.
 
2012-07-29 04:26:25 AM  

cman: crypticsatellite: "Green suggested someone else may have bought the followers to embarrass Romney."

Why could this not be the case?

If you're going to set up fake accounts, why would you use the same profile pictures?

A) creator of account never thought he would be caught, or
B) it was a bot who pulled random pictures from the web and set up the twitter accounts

I think it is B


You really think Romney did this himself?
 
2012-07-29 04:31:23 AM  
I love how the article mentions a Slate piece that theorizes that this is a liberal plot.

Damn liberal media.
 
2012-07-29 04:32:27 AM  
Isn't it a little odd to still have imaginary friends at his age?
 
2012-07-29 04:32:41 AM  
You would think with all that money they could hire competent shills.
 
2012-07-29 04:35:26 AM  
These accounts are likely all Twitter bots...

And people find it odd that a robot would have robot followers because?
 
2012-07-29 04:35:30 AM  

pippi longstocking: You would think with all that money they could hire competent shills.


The problem here is that money and nepotism go hand in hand...
 
2012-07-29 04:39:23 AM  

This About That: Isn't it a little odd to still have imaginary friends at his age?


Well, at least 80% of American grownups believe in God.
 
2012-07-29 04:40:34 AM  

Mikey1969: These accounts are likely all Twitter bots...

And people find it odd that a robot would have robot followers because?


Robots supporting Romney for no other reason than him being a robot? That's kinda racist isn't it?
 
2012-07-29 04:42:21 AM  

crypticsatellite: "Green suggested someone else may have bought the followers to embarrass Romney."

Why could this not be the case?

If you're going to set up fake accounts, why would you use the same profile pictures?


While I concede that "liberal plant" is always an option, I'm still pulling for "overzealous staffer." I always liked the overzealous staffer, he's so... spunky.
 
2012-07-29 04:43:36 AM  

Biological Ali: Mikey1969: These accounts are likely all Twitter bots...

And people find it odd that a robot would have robot followers because?

Robots supporting Romney for no other reason than him being a robot? That's kinda racist isn't it?


www.cyberpunkreview.com

Hey, who are you calling "you people"?
 
2012-07-29 04:47:55 AM  
Salon's Will Oremus writes that he thinks it was not the Romney campaign, but instead could be an Obama supporter.

"The fake followers play into some Obama-friendly narratives: that Romney is uncool, that he can't connect socially to real people, that he relies on his riches to buy success," Oremus wrote.

A quick dip into the conversation around #MoreFakeMitt gives credence to Oremus' guess.

"Guys, Mitt Romney isn't buying fake Twitter followers," one (human) Twitter user wrote this week. "Bots are just following the candidate they have most in common with."


Jesus, talk about someone not getting the joke... Is the writer odf the article too stupid to get the 'bots' joke, or just really, really wishing that this Oremus guy's guess is correct?
 
2012-07-29 04:48:04 AM  
Where else are they going to spend all that extra cash. He has so much money now, his super-pac could buy up all the TV stations in the swing states and still have money left over.*

*I have no idea if he really does have that much, (hyperbole mode)
 
2012-07-29 04:49:49 AM  
With any luck, HB Gary will sue the Romney campaign for patent infringement.
 
2012-07-29 04:49:50 AM  

crypticsatellite: "Green suggested someone else may have bought the followers to embarrass Romney."

Why could this not be the case?

If you're going to set up fake accounts, why would you use the same profile pictures?


Why resort to malice as an explaination when stupidity can suffice? It isn't like mittens has done a exemplary job so far, this sort of gaffe is well within his range. Give the man some credit!
 
2012-07-29 04:51:51 AM  

gimmegimme: I love how the article mentions a Slate piece that theorizes that this is a liberal plot. Damn liberal media.


Mentions? The article spends more time theorising conspiracies than it does talking about Mitt's campaign.

Occam's Razor surrenders.
 
2012-07-29 04:55:10 AM  

Type_Hard: At least five had the same profile picture...

Wasn't this girl by any chance was it?


Thanks to the Romney campaign, that guy just found his long lost, identical twin quintuplets.
 
2012-07-29 05:01:43 AM  

cman: crypticsatellite: "Green suggested someone else may have bought the followers to embarrass Romney."

Why could this not be the case?

If you're going to set up fake accounts, why would you use the same profile pictures?

A) creator of account never thought he would be caught, or
B) it was a bot who pulled random pictures from the web and set up the twitter accounts

I think it is B


C) Republicans are so clueless about the Intertubes, they either
a) didn't think anyone would notice, or
b) had no idea what they were doing
 
2012-07-29 05:02:28 AM  

Gimmick: Type_Hard: At least five had the same profile picture...

Wasn't this girl by any chance was it?

Thanks to the Romney campaign, that guy just found his long lost, identical twin quintuplets.


It's not uncommon for multiples to share hair color, eye color, camera angle and lighting.
 
2012-07-29 05:15:34 AM  
Way to not understand social media human beings carbon based organic life forms there, Mittens.
 
2012-07-29 05:16:57 AM  

Gyrfalcon: b) had no idea what they were doing


img.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-29 05:19:43 AM  

Snapper Carr: carbon based organic life forms


yes, I know. That's a tautology. It's 4am and I'm still a little buzzed.
 
2012-07-29 05:24:43 AM  

RadioAaron: You know who else likes to do this on Twitter? 99% of those fake-ass "SM/Internet Marketing Experts."


It's not news, it's Fark.
 
2012-07-29 05:33:23 AM  
I have an extremely hard time imagining Mitt Romney as having "friends". I'm certain there are a lot of people in his life, but I don't think any of them are his friend.
 
2012-07-29 05:46:32 AM  

starsrift: pippi longstocking: You would think with all that money they could hire competent shills.

The problem here is that money and nepotism go hand in hand...


In general, yes. In this specific case, it's more like when the Republicans used Filipinos to conduct their push polls this year. Romney's campaign probably *did* pay good money to hire 'competent shills', but they did so at a deep discount, and thought they were getting a steal. And what the 'competent shills' did was subcontract the work out to third-worlders for pennies. The Romney campaign didn't give a fk, and didn't really value what they were paying for. That includes if they paid First World prices (doubtful) to a charlatan who then outsourced the outsourcing.

Romney's campaign valued saving a couple bucks, over quality and quality control. They didn't want to be responsible for their own product. Which is what outsourcing has come down to. There was no quality control, only 'we're going to save a couple bucks'. This incident is a perfect example of what Romney himself is responsible for, when he destroyed US jobs, and outsourced that shiat to the Third World (or, again, most likely to a middleman who then used Third World stooges while pocketing the difference in what the Romney campaign paid versus what the middleman paid the Third Worlders as pure profit).

Like RadioAaron said, this bot shiat is standard operating procedure for 'sm/internet marketing experts'. It's a joke, and it's why Social Media has become a joke. There is a very real need for Social Media experts in an internet-savvy world. Unfortunately, the old rules about 'quantity' still have a long way to go in being replaced by 'quality'. It going to have to start with the companies and groups who contract the services of SM experts.
 
2012-07-29 06:00:48 AM  

Mikey1969: "Guys, Mitt Romney isn't buying fake Twitter followers," one (human) Twitter user wrote this week. "Bots are just following the candidate they have most in common with."


lulz
 
2012-07-29 06:20:42 AM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: starsrift: pippi longstocking: You would think with all that money they could hire competent shills.

The problem here is that money and nepotism go hand in hand...

In general, yes. In this specific case, it's more like when the Republicans used Filipinos to conduct their push polls this year. Romney's campaign probably *did* pay good money to hire 'competent shills', but they did so at a deep discount, and thought they were getting a steal. And what the 'competent shills' did was subcontract the work out to third-worlders for pennies. The Romney campaign didn't give a fk, and didn't really value what they were paying for. That includes if they paid First World prices (doubtful) to a charlatan who then outsourced the outsourcing...


Being able to follow the money would be an amusing-level of interesting, to be sure. Especially if they are off-shored, if only to keep up the off-shoring narrative that the left has been spinning...

In a more realistic, candid appraisal - just like the Chik-Fil-A "fake PR scandal" - they may have, in fact, nothing to do with the source. If I was a spammer, or even just someone who wanted to grind out all the tweets into a feed, I'd sign up a twatbot for the campaign's twitter, sure.
 
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