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Mitt Romney gets 117,000 followers in 1 day, or does he?
Barracuda discovered 20 dealers in fake Twitter profiles on eBay alone.

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Msg#: 4485742 posted 1:23 am on Aug 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

Selling bundles of 1,000 fake followers for the typical price of around $18 a day can bring in revenues of $800 per day, according to a study by security researchers at Barracuda Networks. Dealers also have the option of selling re-tweets as an additional source of revenue, a dodgy trade that commands a fee of $5 for 2,000 re-tweets. The average dealer controls as many as 150,000 followers at a time. The creation of these dodgy accounts is automated using tools that copy pictures from genuine profile before registering fake profiles, so very little effort is involved.


typo .. word in title "follers" should read "followers"..if passing admin could fix ?..TIA :)

BTW ..My point is about the fake followers and how easy they are to get and use , not a comment upon a potential candidate..his name is used in the original article at el reg..So don't get political..keep it to about twitter..Please :)



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Msg#: 4485742 posted 2:27 am on Aug 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

If you take into consideration the purported number of fake Facebook accounts, why should this surprise anyone. Where there is a way to make a buck, there is a will, or tweet in this case.

The downside is that since things like this are generally under reported, the general public does not realize that so many statistics are skewed and really should not be trusted.

I once read that half of all statistics are in error (think about it).


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