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(USA Today)   70% of Obama's Twitter followers are fake. So he's doing better than most people then?   (content.usatoday.com) divider line 76
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2012-08-24 12:12:22 PM
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I'm pretty sure "Inactive" accounts, don't count as "Fake". They're just inactive.
 
2012-08-24 12:16:24 PM
Okay, now let's take a look at what percentage of Mitt's followers are fake/paid for.
 
2012-08-24 12:18:12 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Okay, now let's take a look at what percentage of Mitt's followers are fake/paid for.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-24 12:19:07 PM
"Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. "We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake."

Oh what a load of crap. It assumes that most people follow those that follow them. Which is BS. If you are one of of the millions of people that follow celebrities or politicians, guess what- they aren't going to follow you.
 
2012-08-24 12:19:15 PM
How many of them can vote?
 
2012-08-24 12:19:36 PM

utsagrad123: The My Little Pony Killer: Okay, now let's take a look at what percentage of Mitt's followers are fake/paid for.

[i.imgur.com image 850x346]


That seems skewed.
 
2012-08-24 12:21:36 PM

Dinki: "Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. "We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake."

Oh what a load of crap. It assumes that most people follow those that follow them. Which is BS. If you are one of of the millions of people that follow celebrities or politicians, guess what- they aren't going to follow you.


It also is stupid because the more prominent you are, the more likely a spammer is going to be able to index your account in it's database.
 
2012-08-24 12:22:33 PM
"Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said Rob Waller

If by "fake" you mean "majority," yeah, I can see that.

According to the StatusPeople tool, 71 percent of Lady Gaga's nearly 29 million followers are "fake"

So I'm guessing pretty much everyone has 70% fake followers by this metric.
 
2012-08-24 12:22:56 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: utsagrad123: The My Little Pony Killer: Okay, now let's take a look at what percentage of Mitt's followers are fake/paid for.

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That seems skewed.


I'm guessing it has something to do with Obama having prominence the past 4 years, while Romney kinda has been around, but not the topic of conversations until this past year or two.
 
2012-08-24 12:29:07 PM

impaler: So I'm guessing pretty much everyone has 70% fake followers by this metric.


Any celebrity is going to have numbers like this, just because they're in the public eye, mentioned more often, easier for spiders index, etc. I think it probably does a better job measuring people without as many followers. My personal account, I got 92% good. All of my friends that I tested were in the same range. I checked @DrewCurtis and he has 78% good. Drew's minor celebrity is probably responsible for that difference.
 
2012-08-24 12:31:19 PM
I really want to know the score of Lemon. Wet. Good.
 
2012-08-24 12:42:18 PM

utsagrad123: Any celebrity is going to have numbers like this, just because they're in the public eye, mentioned more often, easier for spiders index, etc. I think it probably does a better job measuring people without as many followers. My personal account, I got 92% good. All of my friends that I tested were in the same range. I checked @DrewCurtis and he has 78% good. Drew's minor celebrity is probably responsible for that difference.


I'm guessing the "fake" score increases with total size.
 
2012-08-24 12:48:13 PM

impaler: utsagrad123: Any celebrity is going to have numbers like this, just because they're in the public eye, mentioned more often, easier for spiders index, etc. I think it probably does a better job measuring people without as many followers. My personal account, I got 92% good. All of my friends that I tested were in the same range. I checked @DrewCurtis and he has 78% good. Drew's minor celebrity is probably responsible for that difference.

I'm guessing the "fake" score increases with total size.


I call that the boobies ratio
 
2012-08-24 12:50:40 PM
I'm an Obama supporter, tweet daily, but I follow quite a few celebrities, politicians, groups and just funny tweeters, and almost no one follows me.

/ok, now I'm depressed
 
2012-08-24 01:07:03 PM
I'm probably one of those "inactive" followers. I pretty much never tweet.
 
2012-08-24 01:07:14 PM

SecretAgentWoman: I'm an Obama supporter, tweet daily, but I follow quite a few celebrities, politicians, groups and just funny tweeters, and almost no one follows me.

/ok, now I'm depressed


People seem to really like it when you retweet them. You may have to start out collecting normal plebes, but pretty soon you can be like me and have folks like Roseanne Barr following you. After that, you may just be able to snag celebrities.
 
2012-08-24 01:28:33 PM
If it doesn't distinguish between US accounts and the rest of the world, it is hardly relevant.
 
2012-08-24 02:25:25 PM
According to those crappy standards my account is fake too, I follow many comedians (and Obama) but only have a couple of my friends as followers.
 
2012-08-24 02:33:12 PM
"Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers,"

Or you're a private account and you don't approve many people. I took my account private after the ex-Mrs Maimway decided to start selectively taking tweets out of context and presenting them to the judge accusing me of being a bad parent. Thankfully, our judge knows she's a farking kook. But I have maybe three dozen people I share my feed with, and I follow a lot of comedians and android developers, so by their logic, I'm a fake account.
 
2012-08-24 02:35:42 PM

CommieTaoist: According to those crappy standards my account is fake too, I follow many comedians (and Obama) but only have a couple of my friends as followers.


THIS
 
2012-08-24 03:08:37 PM
I treat twitter like an RSS feed, so I probably don't exist according to this study
 
2012-08-24 03:08:38 PM
They are very concerned about the "legitimacy" of things lately.
 
2012-08-24 03:12:36 PM
I started a Twitter thingy, started following like half a dozen public figures (including the prez) and then never went back after the first week. Anything really interesting on Twitter eventually migrates to the Internet anyway. Twitter is of the past anyway. It's all about Pinterest now.
 
2012-08-24 03:12:57 PM
I have 0 fake followers. Also 0 good followers. And 0 inactive followers.
 
2012-08-24 03:13:13 PM
So does this mean Mark Zuckerburg is president and Paul Ryan dances the waltz with Ayn Rand? I'm so confused. Maybe it's just Friday and I want out of the office ASAP
 
2012-08-24 03:13:48 PM
I'm pretty sure I'm a fake follower.
 
2012-08-24 03:14:03 PM
www.inflexwetrust.com
 
2012-08-24 03:14:28 PM
You mean all those porn stars following me and staring almost everyone one of my tweets might in fact be fake.

;/ my retard shocked face
 
2012-08-24 03:15:51 PM
This means Sarah Palin is automatically President, and Obama has to deactivate all his social networking accounts except for Myspace.
 
2012-08-24 03:17:20 PM

NateGrey: [www.inflexwetrust.com image 610x372]


Interesting that it has dropped again to almost where it would be if the trend stayed linear.
 
2012-08-24 03:19:33 PM
Scientifically proven. FACT.
 
2012-08-24 03:20:30 PM
"Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. "We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake."

So my Twitter account is probably a "fake".

I have two followers, which are both probably bots and I am following several dozen people/companies/etc. I have never tweeted anything.

I don't doubt that many of the people following any major campaign account are fakes, bots, etc, but I also think this little tools smells a bit of of "statisticals".
 
2012-08-24 03:21:13 PM

Dinki: "Fake accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. "We then combine that with a few other metrics to confirm the account is fake."

Oh what a load of crap. It assumes that most people follow those that follow them. Which is BS. If you are one of of the millions of people that follow celebrities or politicians, guess what- they aren't going to follow you.


This. I follow a lot of people, but have few followers and rarely actually tweet -- I guess I'd be flagged as a fake account. In fact, I follow Obama, so I probably was.
 
2012-08-24 03:24:11 PM

CommieTaoist: According to those crappy standards my account is fake too, I follow many comedians (and Obama) but only have a couple of my friends as followers.


Same here. I don't use Twitter as a social media tool, I use it as a crutch to feed my information addiciton. I do send occasionally, but I'm mostly just recieving.
 
2012-08-24 03:25:00 PM
TWITTER FRAUD

IMPEACH
 
2012-08-24 03:26:06 PM

PanicMan: I do send occasionally, but I'm mostly just recieving.


I think we all assumed as much.

/i keed
 
2012-08-24 03:27:22 PM
I have a twitter account. I have made 0 tweets and have 0 followers. I use it to get news and follow things that are relevant to my interests. I also follow the president so I'm sure I was counted as fake.
 
2012-08-24 03:27:38 PM

PanicMan: CommieTaoist: According to those crappy standards my account is fake too, I follow many comedians (and Obama) but only have a couple of my friends as followers.

Same here. I don't use Twitter as a social media tool, I use it as a crutch to feed my information addiciton. I do send occasionally, but I'm mostly just recieving.


Yep. So I suspect a lot of us were caught in the OMG FAKE net.
 
2012-08-24 03:29:48 PM
 
2012-08-24 03:30:45 PM
And no I clearly don't know basic rules of spelling.

/stupid IE and it's no-spellcheck
 
2012-08-24 03:33:17 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: I have two followers, which are both probably bots and I am following several dozen people/companies/etc. I have never tweeted anything.


Same here. Twitter is really useful/cool for following people you find interesting/funny, but at the same time, who the hell wants to try and develop a following, especially when you probably already have Facebook and post to two or three sites like Fark, Reddit, etc?
 
2012-08-24 03:36:56 PM
Of course the president has large numbers of inactive followers, because a bunch of people signed up for Twitter one time, followed a few prominent accounts and never returned.

The vast majority of Twitter accounts have been inactive for more than 30 days, so it's completely unsurprising that many of those accounts follow President Obama.
 
2012-08-24 03:37:33 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: utsagrad123: The My Little Pony Killer: Okay, now let's take a look at what percentage of Mitt's followers are fake/paid for.

[i.imgur.com image 850x346]

That seems skewed.


No it's seems pretty constant actually. Those within the echo chamber would follow Romney for reinforcement of their preferred ideology.

Those who follow the President? They don't lack self-confidence; so they don't need reinforcement of their preferred ideology.
 
2012-08-24 03:38:28 PM
Sounds like we should have a no-follower twitter party where we all just stand around and don't say anything.
 
2012-08-24 03:40:14 PM
Twitter stats are about as useful as tits on a bull
 
2012-08-24 03:40:39 PM
Who are these people actually using Twitter anyway?
To me it just seems like the biggest bunch of hype over nothing that there's ever been.

I've tried to use it, and just saw it as a wall of noise. Millions of people pissing into the wind.
And I don't think I know anybody in real life that really uses Twitter either.
 
2012-08-24 03:49:29 PM

JimmyFartpants: Who are these people actually using Twitter anyway?
To me it just seems like the biggest bunch of hype over nothing that there's ever been.

I've tried to use it, and just saw it as a wall of noise. Millions of people pissing into the wind.
And I don't think I know anybody in real life that really uses Twitter either.


Twitter is a wall of chaos and noise, but that's why it's really useful. It's all about the endpoints and filters you use to engage with it.

Carefully employed, it's a powerful discovery engine of the sort that Facebook's walled garden could never be.
 
2012-08-24 03:50:35 PM

JimmyFartpants: Who are these people actually using Twitter anyway?
To me it just seems like the biggest bunch of hype over nothing that there's ever been.

I've tried to use it, and just saw it as a wall of noise. Millions of people pissing into the wind.
And I don't think I know anybody in real life that really uses Twitter either.


Cool story, bro.
 
2012-08-24 03:52:33 PM

PanicMan: Sounds like we should have a no-follower twitter party where we all just stand around and don't say anything.


Sounds very much like a Linux mixer I went to recently.
 
2012-08-24 03:58:45 PM

utsagrad123: PanicMan: Sounds like we should have a no-follower twitter party where we all just stand around and don't say anything.

Sounds very much like a Linux mixer I went to recently.


That's amazing. I didn't even know such a thing could exist.
 
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