Who me? Fake? I’m definitely real.
But how do I know you’re real?
That’s a great question. I’ve been asking myself that very thing.
How easy is it to tell if something is real or fake?
Take the Art world. Art forgery has happened for centuries.
It’s a lucrative business. Although with modern-day techniques of being able to pin-point the approximate date that something was painted, perhaps not so much as it once was.
And now we have it online. People who try to get ahead online by faking it.
How are they doing that? Well, one example is paying for Twitter followers and Facebook likes.
It’s great to see that Facebook are taking a stance on this by purging fake accounts and Page likes.
But what about Twitter…
Are Your Twitter Followers Real Or Fake?
How can you tell? Are you able to spot the real ones from the fake ones?
Maybe you’ve already bought some fake followers. Whatever floats your boat but do you know which ones they are? Do you care?
Well, if you’re using Twitter to be social then hopefully you will.
I have discovered a couple of ways to weed out the real Twitter followers from the fakes.
With Twitblock, you can check how many of your followers are fake.
It’s a completely free service which scans all of your followers for various characteristics associated with fake Twitter accounts, scoring each from 0 to 4 points.
The points are then added together to give an overall score which is then expressed as a percentage of how certain Twitblock is that a follower is fake.
Through Twitblock, I’ve discovered a couple of Twitter followers which more than likely are fake and now I can simply block them.
You can also see who you’re already blocking too, something which you can’t do on Twitter.com.
In addition, by reporting fake accounts and spammers to Twitblock, they can then report it back to Twitter via their API, allowing Twitter to look into those accounts much quicker.
Twitblock also has a blacklist system which can further aid you to find those fake accounts.
StatusPeople offer a free check to see how many of your Twitter followers are fake, inactive or good.
You can see from the above image that this information is provided by StatusPeople in percentage form.
If you want to see the data behind those figures though you have to sign up to the Fakers Dashboard which requires a monthly subscription payment.
Similar to Twitblock, this service will give you a list of your Twitter followers which StatusPeople believe are fake.
From there you can block any of these from following you.
TwitterAudit takes a random sample of 5,000 Twitter followers from your account and calculates a score for each follower.
This is based on the following criteria:
- number of Tweets
- date of the last Tweet and;
- ratio of followers to friends.
Based on those, TwitterAudit will then decide whether your followers are real or fake.
The one thing that TwitterAudit doesn’t do, which the Twitblock and StatusPeople do, is share which followers have been deemed to be fakes.
To me, the point of completing the audit would be not only to find out how many fake followers I have but also which ones they are.
TwitterAudit is now in beta testing however, so this may be something they have considered or are considering for the future.
There you have it. The Twitter police have been to town.
In all seriousness, I’m sure having fake Twitter followers really doesn’t bother some people.
Maybe they don’t use Twitter for social purposes or they just want that feel good factor of having a whole load of numbers following them.
But for those who it does bother, I hope you’ve found this post useful.
I would certainly recommend taking a look at Twitblock if you haven’t already. Remember it’s a free and it’s made in Britain, so you can’t go wrong!
Now, over to you…
Have you heard of any of these apps? Have you used any of them? What do you think of them? Does having fake Twitter followers or Facebook likes bother you?
I’m really interested to know what you think and I would be really grateful if you would share this post with your friends.
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