Think you might be followed by some not-so-legit Twitter accounts? There’s a new app that will tell you how many of your followers are fakes – or bots – and how many are living, breathing people eagerly awaiting your next pearls of wisdom.
Following closely on the heels of a Twitter study that showed how deviously simple (and cheap) it is to buy Twitter followers, the new app called Fakers from Status People tells you how many of your followers are likely fake accounts set up for one nefarious scam or another.
Just visit the website, allow the app access to your account, and you’ll be presented with your own report card on the health of your followers, including which ones are likely missing a body, a brain, or both:
My score was pretty low. Just one percent of my followers are apparently bot-like, and only 8 percent are inactive.
Social People checks your recent follower data against its criteria for what constitutes a bot account to come up with these numbers:
“We take 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.
On a very basic level spam accounts tend to have few or no followers and few or no tweets. But in contrast they tend to follow a lot of other accounts.”
However, while Status People’s methodology might sound well and good, consider the implications of a recent study which discovered that bots may, in fact, be more social than their human counterparts.
So tell us: how many of your followers are fakes?
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