The recent couple of weeks I have been bombarded by companies and people trying to sell me hundreds and thousands of followers. I ignored it in the beginning. As the “spamming” got more intensive, I had to investigate this. Why me? Why now?
Here is what I found and my conclusions.
Here are the parameters the spammers are looking for.
- Number of tweets
- Number of re-tweets
- Number of mentions (it has to be low I guess!)
- Number of followers
- The popular hash tags you use or your name is mentioned in
So, I used some of the popular online tweeter analysis tool and there have been a slight increase in tweeter frequency in the above parameters, hence the increase of spammers.
So, my current state in the tweeter world fired up some signals.
I spend some time to look at what types of spammers were after me. It wasn’t the “signed up and get 100 followers free” type. They all wanted to get paid. Which lead me to believe that they have some knowledge of my financial abilities as well. However, their assumption of the value in number of followers was greatly wrong.
Purchasing followers is like renting a sports car to impress, people will very soon discover!
With the easy access and lowered threshold of knowledge for using APIs a new generation of programmers have started to use these free services to create leacher-services. It is pretty easy to download streams of tweets in a database and write a number SQL queries to find out different categories of people.
I am self-taught in Social Media tools. I have missed the reason for why it is so important to have many followers. Does it mean anything? In that case what?
Charlie Sheen got 2 million followers in 1 hour or day … He was famous before and I guess many more than 2 million knew about him. I don’t think he got followers that didn’t know him before hitting the follow button.
Before I follow someone, the only parameters I care about it the number of tweets and take a quick look at their recent 20 tweets. Are they active and interesting? Well, I will follow them. If they are inactive or self-promoting, well I will think twice.
In summary, if you are an interesting person with unique ideas or a kind soul prepared to help for no reason. Well people will follow you. If you are not, you can pretend to be popular, but people will pretty soon discover. So, delete the spam and don’t engage companies with these business ideas. They will parish soon enough.