The Hill

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Obama has more fake Twitter followers than Romney
The Hill

President Obama has several times more fake followers on Twitter than Mitt Romney, according to a new Twitter analysis. StatusPeople, a tool designed specifically to check for fake followers, finds that of Obama’s 18.6 million Twitter followers @BarackObama, 41% are fake, 29% inactive, and just 30% « good, » or presumably real users. Romney’s current 857, 260 followers @MittRomney, 12% are fake, 30% inactive and 58% « good. »

StatusPeople works by analyzing a sample of an individual account’s followers rather than measuring the full count, so the website acknowledges that for the very popular Twitter accounts — those with more than 10,000 followers, for instance, such as both Romney and Obama — “the tool will still provide good insight but may better reflect your current follower activity rather than your whole follower base.”

An account with a high percentage of fake followers does not necessarily mean the account owner bought those followers. Spam and fake accounts are a known issue on Twitter and better-known accounts are more likely to attract fake followers.

Pendant ce temps, La Presse se limite à dire qu’Obama est plus populaire que Romney sur twitter car il a plus de followers…