And as my friend walks away, we both know, it’ll never happen. Time, kids, older parents, volunteer work. It all gets in the way. We’d like to be better friends, but when? We just did all the “catching up” we wanted to do in the grocery store, standing between the toilet paper and toothpaste.
It used to be you knew your fake friends.
Even that has changed:(and we like to examine change….)
Welcome to the Twenty-first Century’s
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?)
Why do people want fake friends? StatusPeople.com explains it like this, “People buy
followers in a vain attempt to build legitimacy. They are essentially trying to game the system.
A search in the WP forum shows this can be a problem for blogs, also. Out of nowhere, 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 blank page or even 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. They’re autobots. They won’t comment. They won’t pump up your popularity.