…but it sure can buy me twitter followers. Why didn’t I think of this?
Splendid little story today from Charles Johnson over at LittleGreenFootballs about the sudden and dramatic rise in the number of “followers” for Mitt Romney’s twitter account;
Today we learn that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is apparently buying Twitter followers to inflate his popularity in social media. The graph from 140Elect.com looks like a hockey stick:
Here’s Romney’s profile page: Mitt Romney (MittRomney) on Twitter.
Check the number of followers, then watch as it increases by a hundred or so every time you reload the page. If you look at all these followers, they seem to have major trouble with spelling simple English words, have names that sometimes seem to be random assortments of syllables, and have no (or very few) followers themselves.
At the current rate, he’s adding about 10,000 followers every hour.
Yes, you can buy Twitter followers; in fact, it’s become a thriving business.
This is great. He’s outsourcing that too for crissakes. And I did check, and indeed his followers are increasing by the hundred or so every time you refresh the page.
What a fucking pelican.