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The Follower Factory - The New York Times
Everyone wants to be popular online.
Some even pay for it.
Inside social media’s black market.
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6 days ago by markhgn
Twitter
Following us on yet? New from now until midnight this Sunday will go in a draw to win two…
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16 days ago by pipcleaves
Twitter followers vanish amid inquiries into fake accounts • NY Times
Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel Dance and Rich Harris:
<p>More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers.

The people losing followers include an array of entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes and media figures, many of whom bought Twitter followers or artificial engagement from a company called Devumi. Its business practices were detailed in a New York Times article on Saturday describing a vast trade in fake followers and fraudulent engagement on Twitter and other social media sites, often using personal information taken from real users. Twitter said on Saturday that it would take action against Devumi’s practices. A Twitter spokeswoman on Tuesday declined to comment about whether the company was purging fake accounts.

The singer Clay Aiken, the actor John Leguizamo and the reality TV star Lisa Rinna have each lost a substantial number of followers, according to a review of their accounts. So has Martha Lane Fox, a British businesswoman and Twitter board member. Other well-known users have taken to Twitter in recent days to complain of lost followers, suggesting that a broad swath of people may be affected, not just Devumi customers.</p>

Only a million?
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20 days ago by charlesarthur
All followers are fake followers • The Atlantic
Ian Bogost:
<p>The investor Mark Cuban called for a real-name policy on services like Twitter, arguing that “there needs to be a single human behind every individual account.” That’s a terrible idea: As the entrepreneur Anil Dash has argued, it would endanger marginalized people without improving trust. But Cuban’s reform does square with the Times’ take on virtue and wickedness at Twitter. Just shine light upon the shadows of the black market to put an end to the corruption. Then ordinary folk can be freed from the lust for fame that would rob them of their true selves.

But this is a fairy-tale story about the internet. Fraud is not the ultimate problem with fake social-media activity. The hustle itself is the blight. It produces the racket that sucks so many into its orbit. Salle Ingle is stuck in the same rat race as Kathy Ireland, and you and me, too. We just encounter it at different scales.

The culprit is the numbers themselves, not the lies that augment them, nor the profits made in doing so. The only reason there can be a market, let alone a black market, for social-media engagement is because these services are marketplaces of attention, not of ideas, products, or services. That’s why Twitter counts followers, likes, retweets, and all the rest so prominently. If the numbers were less visible, or entirely hidden, everyone might live more meaningful, more productive lives online, using posts as means to ends rather than as circulations within the system. It’s hard to imagine such a change taking place while companies like Twitter rely on the aspiration of visible metrics as a compulsion to use their services. That compulsion produces the attention necessary to sell advertisers and satisfy investors.
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It can be hard to ignore the numbers - ooh look they’re only a tab away! - but they mean so little, in general, that they’re better ignored.
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20 days ago by charlesarthur
The Follower Factory - The New York Times
RT @kashhill: We all know there’s a thriving economy around fake followers but this piece really nails it.
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23 days ago by stevesong
Twitter
🎉We've reached 2500 ! 🎉
to everyone who follows us on !
Our little friend here fr…
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26 days ago by furtive
How To Deal With Angry Social Media Followers
While having a social media presence and connecting with clients is essential for growing your medical practice, sometimes this comes with angry followers who want to voice their frustrations to you via Facebook or Twitter.
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10 weeks ago by Adventure_Web
Twitter
950 & growing! Please to help us exceed !
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