President Obama's Twitter account has 18.8 million followers -- but more than half of them really don't exist, according to reports.
A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama's crowd includes "fake followers," The New York Times reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.
"The practice has become so widespread that StatusPeople, a social
media management company in London, released a Web tool last month
called the Fake Follower Check that it says can ascertain how many fake
followers you and your friends have," the Times reports.
accounts tend to follow a lot of people but have few followers," said
Rob Waller, a founder of StatusPeople. "We then combine that with a few
other metrics to confirm the account is fake." (Continues)