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just saw this on venturebeat

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by utuxia, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. utuxia

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    Twitter black market: buying and selling followers. The results don?t look pretty for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who looks to have acquired a significant number of fake followers

    How can you tell if an account is fake? There?s no complete hard-and-fast rule, but here are some guidelines. Fake accounts usually:


    • follow quite a few people, but generally fewer than 2001
    • are young, having been created an average of 19 weeks ago
    • have few tweets, or, if there are many, they look automated
    • may not have a picture in the profile

    And of course, The Info Graphic;

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    Source: http://venturebeat.com/2012/08/11/the-twitter-black-market-barracuda-on-dealers-abusers-and-fake-accounts/
     
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    That's fascinating reading - Anyone know the similar stats for Pinterest ?
     
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    Probably not as many, because I only know of one pinterest bot, and they shut it down. There are tons of twitter bots.
     
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    that's an awesome read
     
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    I think someone needs to introduce them to fiverr. Seriously 19$ for 1k followers lol.
     
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    It's probably all Romney fans who are following him w/ fake accounts. It's not like he is doing it, or his campaign manager -- I seriously doubt they would authorize that -- but then again, these old farts would probably do anything to get elected.