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Is Romney packing Twitter with phony followers?

By Capitol Hill Blue
August 17, 2012

Is the campaign of GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney padding its Twitter followers count with fakes?

Could be, says an analysis by Barracuda Labs, a technology firm, that concludes a spike in followers in July was probably packed with fakes purchased through services that generate phonies to pad the numbers.  Some web sites offer generating up to 10,000 phony Twitter followers for about $50.

No happening, says the Romney campaign digital director Zac Moffatt, who adds that it’s not about numbers.

Romney currently has more than 861,000 followers in Twitter. President Barack Obama has more than 18 million.

Says Moffatt:

If winning were about having the most Twitter followers, Obama would get blown up by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. It’s whether people are retweeting or sharing. That is what is of value to us.

Romney’s campaign employes 80 staff members in its “digital department” and most are dedicated to getting the candidate discussed and supporting on social media sites.

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3 Responses to Is Romney packing Twitter with phony followers?

  1. Rae S

    August 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised…I mean, they ARE Republicans. They have an innate talent of ‘tweaking’ things. Hint Hint, *coughs Bush Jr*…

  2. Wayne K Dolik

    August 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Has anyone scene a Romney bumper sticker?

  3. Almandine

    August 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    How about this 8/24/12 headline on USAToday ?

    “Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers”