Have you ever wondered if the number of followers shown for popular celebrities or political leaders on Twitter is an accurate count? As it turns out, it may not be.
According to an online application known as Fake Follower Check, many of the statistics are exaggerated because the numbers are counting “fake followers” on the social media site Twitter.
Which Political Leaders Had The Largest Number of Fake Followers?
Fake Follower Check compared the statistics of many different important political leaders from several different countries including Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, and the United States. What their comparison studies found is that the political leader with the biggest proportion of fake followers seemed to be Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia. According to the Fake Follower Check application, of the 1.41 million followers listed on the political leader’s Twitter page, 70% of them were shown to be fake followers.
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Coming in at a close second with 55% fake followers was Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister of Thailand. Right behind him comes the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, with 54%. United States President Barack Obama was found to have a total percentage of around half of the 13.1 million followers proving to be fake followers. This is followed by the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillared, who came in with 36% of over 130, 680 followers showing to be fake.
Which Leaders Had The Most Engaged or Legitimate Followers?
The political leaders who have been shown by Fake Follower Check to have the least number of fake followers include Lee Hsien Loonf, the Prime Minister of Singapore. Of his more than 25,000 followers, at least 62% have proven to be “good” followers. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe also ranked well with 58% of his 81,200 followers proving to be legitimate ones.
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So What Does All Of This Mean?
These statistics basically tell us that we cannot totally rely on the number given to us by social media sites such as Twitter to provide us with accurate data when it comes to determining popularity or the influence of prominent celebrities or political figures.
Social media experts advise us that users of Twitter can actually purchase “fake followers” in numbers anywhere from one hundred to ten thousand, depending upon how much they are willing to pay for them. It is also thought that it is highly unlikely that the actual celebrities or politicians themselves, or anyone representing them, are actually the ones doing the purchasing of the fake followers. Chances are, someone else has taken it upon themselves to purchase followers for these prominent people who have little free time to look into or be concerned with matters such as to how many followers they may have on Twitter.
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When a political leader would seriously want to make an impact by using a Twitter account they would simply need to be involved and put out regular content on their social media accounts. The number of participants who engage in these conversations and who become involved with the postings is a better and more reliable indication of the popularity and influence of that person than simply counting the number of followers.
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