“Let”s have coffee sometime and catch up.” “Yeah. We should do that.”
And as my friend and I walk away, we both know, it’ll never happen. We just did all the “catching up” we wanted to do in the grocery store, standing between the pickles and potato chips.
It used to be you knew your fake friends.
That has changed: Welcome to the Twenty-first Century. Now we have fake digital friends.
Twitter is the worst. Need a popularity boost?
- There are 20 ebay sellers and 58 websites where people can buy fake Twitter followers.
- The average price of buying 1000 followers is $18
- A Dealer can earn as much as $800/day for 7 weeks of selling followings if they can control 20,000 fake accounts. (You’re rethinking your day job, aren’t you?)
A search in the WP forum shows this can be a problem for blogs, also. Out of no where, a blogger get 5 -10 new subscribers a day for several weeks. The Help Gurus say no harm can come of it and never mind that the followers have suspect names, or link back to a Wikipedia page.
What can you do?
For Twitter, you can enter your handle at Status People and discover the number of fakers you have.
For WP: There’s nothing you can do if fake friends want to follow you….
Just enjoy your fake popularity—but don’t expect comments.