Well, would you ever? I mean really? Pay For Twitter followers…
I came across an article in the last couple of days via Google Alerts about buying fake followers (link removed as no longer available) and a certain high-profile presidential candidate.
Over a 24 hour period he acquired nearly 117,000 followers – an increase of about 17 percent. On closer inspection by Baracuda Labs, as part of a larger investigation of purchased followers, a huge proportion of these new followers were found to be almost certainly fake.
Another interesting article which I read about paying for Twitter followers discusses why people may feel compelled to pay for them. Apparently you can buy 1,000 followers for around $15.
Well, for what it’s worth, I consider someone who pays for their followers to be no better than someone who would buy services from a hooker. Is that a bit harsh? OK, maybe but…
Why Would Anyone Buy Twitter Followers?
- instant gratification;
- to look good;
- you don’t have to do any hard work to get them;
- because you can’t get followers organically.
Hmmm, so my analogy isn’t too far off the mark then.
But the question is do you actually know what you are paying for?
Well, if you take a look at TwitterWind.com for example you will get a bunch of inactive Twitter followers added to your account. OK, I thought the whole point of social media was interaction.
And if you don’t want things to look too suspicious on your account when you suddenly have loads more followers, you can get subscribers drip fed into your account weekly or monthly. According to Metro News, some companies offer tailored arrangements in this way to give a more “natural effect”. GetFastTwitterFollowers.Com is one example of this.
But, I guess the worrying thing would be you could find you end up with a whole load of spam bot followers added to your account if the company you use is unscrupulous.
It’s certainly a gamble! I mean, how would you know which company you could trust?
So do I think buying Twitter followers is:
- unethical? – I’d say borderline yes;
- cheating? – most definitely yes;
- illegal? – not at the moment;
- against Twitter policies? surprisingly no.
Don’t be lazy, Twitter is about socializing and engaging with other people; making a connection. Put in some hard work and make people want to follow you!
Whilst adding a few thousand Twitter followers to your account overnight might impress some people, not me I’m afraid. Focus should be on the quality of the connections you make; not the number of followers you have.
Me? Hey, who am I to tell you what to do? I’m new to Twitter, have very few followers at the moment and am not following many people either but I’m not tempted to boost my followers by cheating.
Go on then… Your turn. What would you do? Would you buy Twitter followers? Do you agree it’s cheating and perhaps even unethical? Maybe you think it would help to boost organic followers?
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