Earlier today I mentioned to a friend that I’d had a sudden rush of new Twitter Followers on Monday afternoon. For about 4 hours they were coming in every 3 minutes. I commented that “3/4 were probably just Follower Trolls”. I got a blank look.
Hence this quick blog to highlight Follower Trolling.
Follower Trolls are interested only in increasing their number of followers on Twitter. They provide little value. They do it because they believe that a high follower count will in some way be beneficial to them (and perhaps, to the gullible it does make them look important).
How do they do this? Simple. Using automated software that runs to a very simple algorithm. For a new account it will look something like this. (And yes, I know this is rather simplified).
1. Follow 2000 users.
2. Wait a week.
3. Unfollow those that have not followed back.
4. Follow more users to the maximum allowed (2000 or 110% of the number of followers the account has).
5. Repeat 2-4 ad infinitum.
This is why you see users on Twitter with 100,000 followers, who are probably following 110,000 users – yet they rarely, if ever provide any value in their tweets.
Follower Trolls. Grrrrrr. I don’t like them.