Those Fake Twitter Followers May NOT Be Fake

By Mary C. Long 

Did you get caught up in the Fakers page where you can check to see if someone’s Twitter followers are real or not?

Well, we hope you didn’t get too cocky about it, because the tool may not be as accurate as you think. But don’t take our word for it, check out what Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo revealed at last night’s OpenCoSF kickoff event.

Twitter’s CEO spoke last night at OpenCoSF’s kickoff reception, which was held at 72 Townsend Street in San Francisco to a full house.

And he dispelled what he said was the biggest misconception people have about Twitter.

Ready? 40 percent of people with Twitter accounts don’t tweet.

Costolo said many folks shy away from the platform because they think they have to tweet, but that just isn’t true – and that 40 percent aren’t. What ARE they doing? They’re following others.

They may use it to gain access to their favorite celebrities and politicians or to catch the latest breaking news, but they don’t tweet.

So how does this skew the Fakers by Status People number? They deem followers as fake when they have “few or no followers and few or no tweets. But in contrast they tend to follow a lot of other accounts.”

But according to Costolo, that’s EXACTLY what 40 percent of Twitter accounts do. Hmm.

So maybe stringing up some of those Twitters for being followed by “fakers” was a bit premature?

(Real vs fake image from Shutterstock)