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For Some Stars, Half of Their Twitter Followers are Fake!

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In a shocking turn of events, we’ve learned that some of the stars with astronomical numbers of Twitter followers, may actually only have about half that many.

There are millions of fake Twitter accounts, and many of them have linked up with stars like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, boosting the number of followers to well over 30 million.

What about Steven Tyler?  He’s popular on Twitter.  And what exactly is a “fake” account?

The Social Bakers website says a fake account is defined like this:

The account is following less than 50 people and has less than one follower.

More than 30% of all tweets use spam phrases, such as “diet,” “make money,” and “work from home.”

The same tweets are repeated more than three times, even when posted to different accounts.

More than 90% of the account´s tweets are retweets.

The account has never tweeted.

The account is more than two months old and still has a default profile image.

Busted!  When you take those fakers into account, it drops Justin Bieber’s total from over 37 million to 17.8 million.  Lady Gaga is left with 19 million.

Steven Tyler’s name does not come up on the list of the celebrities with the largest numbers of fake followers.  In fact, no real rockers are on the list; it’s mainly pop stars.

Steven’s last Tweet read like this:  “HAPPY F***ING BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!  I can see your house from here!  I’m on top of the world! #Haleakala.”  And he showed a photo of himself chillin’ in Hawaii.  I’m a legit follower of Steven’s, and find his love for ALL CAPS quite entertaining.

If you’re in the mood to read more about the fakers, check out the article HERE.  It’s a tabloid report, but it’s backed up by the Social Bakers data, and several entertainment sources are running with it today.

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