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Report: Obama has more fake Twitter followers than Romney

posted at 12:14 pm on August 24, 2012 by

There is no doubt that Barack Obama used social media networking to his advantage in 2008 and has been effective at networking ever since. So adept his campaign at reaching out to supporters online that that he has 18,834,433 Twitter followers. To put that number in perspective, consider that GOP challenger Mitt Romney has only 900,377 Twitter followers, or about 47% as many.

But appearances can be deceiving, says a new social media metrics tool. Called Fake Follower Check, the site reveals that 41% of Obama’s Twitter followers are phony and another 35% are inactive. In contrast, only 22% of Romney’s Twitter followers are fake and 33% are inactive.

In its report on the tool, New York’s Daily News notes the following caveat at Fake Follower Check’s website:

For those of you with 100,000 followers or less [sic] we believe our tool will provide a very accurate insight into how many inactive and fake followers you have.

If you’re very, very ‘popular’ the tool will still provide good insight but may better reflect your current follower activity rather than your whole follower base.

The Daily News, which jumped all over a story in July accusing the Romney campaign of buying 140,000 followers, interprets this cautionary note as grist for readers to take the Fake Follower Check results for the presidential candidates with a grain of salt. The article quotes Zach Green, CEO of 140elect.com, a Twitter political consulting service, who told the paper, “You could check 70 times a day and get 70 different analyses, so it’s not the most reliable.”

The paper’s skepticism is understandable. It’s not as though the Democrats, who are violently opposed to voter ID laws, have sent registrations and handed out primary ballots to dead and/or non-human voters. Oh, wait….

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My math is only so-so, but I don’t think that 900,000 is 47% of 18 million. Could be wrong…

Jack Slade on August 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

My math is only so-so, but I don’t think that 900,000 is 47% of 18 million. Could be wrong…

Whoopsie! I neglected to take into account the zero to the right of the decimal point. More like 4.7%.

Thank you for pointing this out. Apologies to all.

Howard Portnoy on August 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

It only makes sense for Obama to have more fake Twiter followers… he also has more fake people who will vote for him.

malclave on August 24, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Just as long as his imaginary friends don’t get to vote…

kbTexan on August 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM