Twitter 101 Cartoon – Don’t Buy Twitter Followers

Nothing bores me more than listening to a “social media guru” brag about how many Twitter followers they have. Listening to this self-important prattle is almost as irritating as hearing someone tell me how important their Klout score is. People who brag about number of followers rarely understand the value of Twitter and they have just jumped in the game to make themselves look important.

I see examples of these folks every day come through my email notifications and the image below shows a perfect example. This person has tweeted 41 times, has followed 99 lucky people, but has somehow attracted 6,738 followers. If this account is legit and hasn’t purchased followers, he or she has to be one of the most interesting people on Twitter because their tweets garnered an average of  164 followers for each tweet.

This Twitter account has a suspicious number of followers compared to their number of tweets and number of people they have followed.

The reality is, this person likely paid a fee and purchased Twitter followers. Believe it or not, this is becoming a pretty big business. Just Google “Buy Twitter Followers” and you’ll find links to tons of businesses that offer deals like the following:

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  • We are the top place to buy Twitter followers. We offer Twitter Follower services that DON’T require your password or for you to follow any other account.
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The question is….is it really worth it to buy followers? Sure, you can brag about how many people you have following you (if you can call spammy, robo-tweeters “people”), but those followers likely won’t visit ever visit your blog, buy your products, or share your messages in the future. So…basically, these purchased Twitter followers are of zero use.

Take my advice, folks. There is no value in buying Twitter followers. That is unless you are a self-important, pompous “guru” who likes to tell everyone how great they are and how high their Klout score is.

Too many folks try to go the easy route and buy Twitter followers. Unfortunately, the followers you get are usually not your customers or prospective customers, so the value of the followers is little to none.

  • http://twitter.com/_Fleur__/status/108279276188598273/ Fleur Laurs (@_Fleur__) (@_Fleur__)

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  • http://twitter.com/AmyLynnStewart/status/113377237323100161/ Amy Stewart (@AmyLynnStewart) (@AmyLynnStewart)

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  • http://twitter.com/JEKlug/status/113525154507788288/ Jason Klug (@JEKlug) (@JEKlug)

    Via @SocMedSean Can’t agree with you more. In Chinese we call these "zombie fans." http://t.co/IPakfr2

  • http://twitter.com/markwilsonit/status/141078394275237888/ Mark Wilson (@markwilsonit)

    A perfect illustration of why follower counts (and "influence" scores) need to be read with caution: http://t.co/mPzsnc2D (by @socmedsean)

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  • http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=blog&uid=95378 Andreas Wiedow

    Looking forward to your blog about people with 2 or more personal facebook accounts . . . hehehe . . .

    Organic growth is trump.

  • http://www.freenclearstuff.com Alicia Taylor

    LOL – Yeah – if you are going to spend the money on your business, it should be to expand the business – not inflate some number.

  • http://stevecassady.blogspot.com Steve Cassady

    Nice post. Very timely with our discussion in #GetRealChat. Earnings followers through engagement is they way to leverage your twitter account.

  • http://jakob.montrasio.net/ Jakob Montrasio

    So true. Would be interesting to know how many accounts there are on Twitter in total, and how many of those are bots…

  • Harold Gardner

    I am reminded of a quote from Ecclesiastes: Vanity of vanities, all is vanity thus says the Lord!

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  • http://www.thecorporatethiefbeats.com Corporatethief Beats

    so true klout is a waste of time and means nothing, people who may for followers are fools. your tweets to those followers you bought are are as useless as those russian twitter spam bots

  • http://twitter.com/VPerriello/status/224328595106054147/ (@VPerriello) (@VPerriello)

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  • http://www.nwtotemcellars.com Mike

    Interesting how it evolved but there is no “bot clean up tool” to review posts for crap to help ween out. I use the screening method noting interaction, the tweet count ratio you mentioned and does this person have a likelihood of being interested in anything I might say.

  • http://www.pasardesign.com Victor

    There is some company willing to pay for one tweet of twitter that have many followers. In my country, people with 5000 followers can get $100 for tweet about new product. Maybe this is they after at all.

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