Most of the time the cause is an inflated ego or a need to compensate for something, but peer pressure is a big thing among the “Twitterati.”
The truth is that some folks buy Twitter followers because size matters…and not just influencers who base their rates on the strength of their following. The latest party to fall under the microscope is former first lady, Twitter account holder, and current presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Conservatives have said for years that she is not a likable person, but does she really have to buy followers?
According to the Daily Mail (UK), Hillary Clinton’s account has attracted more than 3.5 million people to click “follow.” But research shows that more than 2 million of those potential voters are about as real as a united Congress, a trustworthy politician, or an intelligent Kardashian.
StatusPeople.com, the oldest publicly available Twitter-auditing tool, reports that 44 per cent of the former secretary of state’s followers are ‘good’; 15 per cent are ‘fake’; and 41 per cent are ‘inactive,’ meaning that they never tweet or reply to any tweets.
The Mail also recalled that when Clinton was in the State Department, some of her social team got busted for blowing $630,000 in taxpayer money on purchasing phony Facebook friends to make itself look popular.
Clinton may have fake friends, but she does get some real love — as seen in the response to her inaugural announcement tweet.
I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015
Surely she made some friends at Chipotle, right? Here’s hoping for the best.