Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Survival of the Twittest – A Continuing Saga

You know that story of the pathetic kid that was so disliked that he had to bribe kids to play with him? Here’s a current example: Newt Gingrich, who claims to have over a million followers on Twitter, had to buy them.

Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them. As you might guess, Newt is most decidedly one of the people to which these agencies cater.

About 80 percent of those accounts are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various “follow agencies,” another 10 percent are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves (Newt’s profile just happens to be a part of these networks because he uses them, although he doesn’t follow back), and the remaining 10 percent may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich.

It almost makes you feel sorry for him.

No, actually it doesn’t.