It is surprisingly easy for anyone to get 10,000 Twitter followers in a matter of days. All they have to do is sign up on a nefarious looking website, pay about a hundred bucks, and watch their follower count explode.
Now, we’re not fans of buying Twitter followers here on AllTwitter, as a lot of the activity behind it conflicts with Twitter’s Rules. But it is a fascinating, if illegitimate, phenomenon, and a Twitter follower seller has just revealed some of the tricks of the trade.
Mark Johnson of Buy-More-Fans.com spoke to PRWeb this week about the inner workings of his industry.
His website sells Twitter followers as well as Facebook fans, YouTube views and even Instagram followers. They advertise several “deals” on Twitter followers, selling you 10,000 over 3 days for the low low price of $70. That’s actually lower than market price, which was recently pegged at about $18 for 1,000 followers.
Johnson explains how buying Twitter followers works.
He first notes that all you need for a Twitter account is a valid, unique email address. If someone has 10 different email addresses, they can create 10 different Twitter accounts.
His company has taken this to the next level and created hundreds of thousands of accounts. He sold them in bulk to Buy-More-Fans.com and other, similar websites, giving them access to the login information and passwords of each account. From there, this information is added to automated software and with a click they can set these accounts to automatically follow anyone who forks over a few bucks.
Other sellers actually use real, human-controlled accounts to artificially inflate the number of followers that a buyer gets. Following is often controlled by a credit system, where a user gets one credit for every account he or she followers, and can exchange that credit for a follow on their own account.
This industry is nicely summed up in an infographic we covered over the summer, when news about fake followers blew up in mainstream media.
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