GOP Candidate for Governor, Mayor Andrew Blount, operates a suspicious Twitter account that London’s Status People indicates is 100% fake.
When you see someone with 172,000 followers on Twitter, they are usually a celebrity, a well-known establishment, or someone who worked their bottoms off building an account. When that same Twitter account follows only 532 people with only 135 tweets, and the account is not held by a celebrity, the account is suspicious: The metrics don’t stand to reason.
Celebrities commonly pad their Twitter accounts with fake followers to reach more impressive numbers. Mayor Blount, however, is not a celebrity. He is a small town mayor with hopes of becoming California’s governor and his credibility is dwindling after the discovery of his fake followers Twitter account.
When asked about the 172,000 followers on his account, Mayor Blount responded, “I am staring at followers I personally know. I did not use Twitter bots. There’s no way I control who follows me. This is not a big part of my campaign.”
While it’s true that someone else could dump fake followers onto Mayor Blount’s Twitter account without his knowledge, we would have to wonder why steps were not taken to resolve this issue.
My advice to Mayor Blount: First, temporarily privatize your Twitter account so no one else can follow you; contact @Twitter and ask them to help you dump fake followers; once the matter is resolved, change your settings back to public and block any new fake followers immediately.
04/07/2014 16:30 PST: Though Mayor Blount is taking action to reduce the 172,000 fake followers on his Twitter account, he doesn’t consider the fake followers as worthy of ranking in his top 10 issues. He is now down to 164,000 followers. The other GOP Candidates for California governor, Tim Donnely and Neel Kashkari, were mysteriously silent about Mayor Blount’s fake Twitter account today.
@CarisaCarlton I was really fat growing up. Kids said lots of things about me. 'fake' followers on twitter doesn't even make the top ten
— Andrew Blount (@MayorBlount) April 7, 2014
Meanwhile, Marin based Secretary of State candidate, David Curtis wants to know if fake followers get to vote in this playful tweet:
@CarisaCarlton do the fake followers get to vote?
— David Curtis (@dc_us) April 7, 2014
A number of concerned citizens have asked me how to identify fake followers. Read this article on 11 Easy Ways To Spot a Fake Twitter Account.