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Why would you follow someone who never tweets?

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

I got this message from Twitter saying that @Cayovaofficial had started following me.

Cayovaofficial? Never heard of him, her or them – but it’s always nice when you get a new follower, so I went and looked.

I’m puzzled. Now I know that I simply don’t understand modern networking, but really…

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How on earth to you accumulate 32,640 Twitter followers when you have never produced a single tweet to follow? No, really, how do you do that?

I know I’m missing something, but for the life of me I don’t know what. Incidentally, I didn’t become the 32,641st follower.

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  1. February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks Luciano. Cayova would never, ever, ever buy followers. It’s just disingenuous and pointless. We still don’t know why it happened and have had no reply from Twitter, but we used manageflitter (http://manageflitter.com/), which is a great tool, and got rid of them all. Took about an hour and a half. Very bizarre – reassuring to hear we’re not the only ones affected!

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  2. Luciano Santis
    February 17, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I think they’re smart enough not to buy that followers especially when the account is new and has no tweets. I’m more than sure that someone did this for them. It happened to many people I know. Here is an interesting blog article.
    http://bundlepost.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/your-social-media-fake-follower-attacked-failed-what-to-do-if-it-happens-to-you/

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  3. james
    February 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Oops, no the account is still there. My mistake.

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  4. james
    February 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I wasn’t sure if I should comment as I couldn’t detect the sarcasm level of the post. But David Harley is correct. If you’d like to check, just take a look at @CayovaOffical’s follower list (actually the account seems to have been deleted) and if they appear to be all porny girls or otherwise spammy-looking accounts, you have your answer.

    The interesting thing is, twitter accounts are like an empty restaurant. They may be top quality, but if they’re brand new and with no customers/followers due to lack of reputation, others will stay away. Buying a chunk of non-real followers is actually an effective tool for bringing more worthy followers to your stream, who will hopefully someday outnumber the ‘fake’ ones.

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  5. February 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Kev. We are puzzled too. This happened overnight and we’re definitely aware that we’re not that popular…yet! We’ve reported it to Twitter as we think we’ve been spammed. Has this happened to any of your readers before? Short of going through and reporting each one individually, we’re at a loss until we hear back from Twitter.

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  6. February 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    You can buy them. In fact Mitt Romney apparently acquired 116,000 followers in a single day. But I expect that was sheer charisma.

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