Want a million followers on Twitter?
Sure, who doesn’t, right? Good news! They can be yours for the absolute bargain price of $1,750. So, spend 50 times that amount, and you can instantly become the number one most-followed person on Twitter.
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, plenty. First of all, you’d be pouring your money down the toilet. There are plenty of third party services that will provide you with bucket loads of followers at a low, low price, but all of them – every single one – are a colossal waste of time. Because, for that oh-so-attractive price, all you get following you are bots, spammers, inactive accounts and, in some cases, other people like you. You know, the sort of folks who try to buy Twitter followers on the cheap.
And it’s not just Twitter. You can buy an audience on pretty much very social network nowadays. And every time you’ll get the exact same results: number aside, there will be no change whatsoever to your network. For the cash you’ll generate zero extra engagement. You know, because bots haven’t quite yet mastered the ability to talk back.
But that hasn’t stopped a lot of people, including celebrities, from handing over their cash. Because a big number still has demonstrable social proof on Twitter (and everywhere else) and, in many cases, followers beget followers. And fake ones can beget real ones, because some folks are easily impressed by size.
Still, as I’ve always said, if you have the money to spend, the only legitimate way to acquire real and relevant followers on Twitter is through their Promoted Accounts ad platform. Everything else is a waste of your time and money.
The visual below from Who Is Hosting This? takes a closer look at why so many try to “fake it to make it” on Twitter and other platforms, often at considerable cost. And I don’t just mean their wallets.