About 2 years ago I wrote a post about fake accounts on social media where I addressed this concept of accounts following you on Instagram and Twitter and, if you decide to hook up with them, instantly dropping you after the fact. A lot of those accounts were fake to begin with, while some of the people are real but someone else is running them and doing the fake follow and drop on their behalf.
It seems that things are worse off than that these days. My friend Jesan sent me a link from the New York Times talking about celebrities buying followers to pad their numbers so they look more impressive to the real people that follow them. After that I was talking to him and another friend named Terri about something called Tweetdecking (not the Twitter product) which involves groups of teens that charge people to get their posts retweeted so they look like they’re big time. I followed that up by sharing another article where my state, New York, is going to investigate a company sells Twitter followers by stealing the profiles of real people and setting up new accounts that look real.