As Twitter continues to grow in popularity, more and more Nigerian celebs use the number of followers they have as a badge to show how ‘popular’ and ‘relevant’ they are. But for our Nigerian celebrities, a lot them have been found out to be buying fake followers for as low as one Naira, (N1).
In fact, the more followers a celeb has and the more relevant he/she is perceived as being, the more money he or she stands to make, as he or she can convert this ‘popularity’ status into endorsements, higher fees for concerts/appearances, and other financial and ego benefits (more followers) from the ‘gullible’ public and corporations.
Gaining such popularity is easy, as Twitter followers can be obtained at the minuscule rate of N1,000 for as many as 5,000 followers.
An expert ib this field reveals that ” Searching google for “buy Twitter followers” turns up hundreds of Web sites like TwitterStreet.com, followermrket.com, and intertwitter.com all of whom provide followers at a price, since “9ja no dey carry last,” local Twitter follower merchants like @Demolaexpoze have also emerged, offering to: “sell you another indulgence, be it Brands, Models, Upcoming artistes, Actors, Entertainment Moguls, Icon of references, New Portfolios, Celebrities, Personalities, Icon, Politician or whatever, this is an opportunity to buy Twitter followers in Nigeria for just N1 (one naira) per follower.”
For the lists of those Nigerian artistes who have indulged in such acts, he said “For the record we can’t prove or disprove that anyone has paid for fake twitter followers or obtained them via other means, we however feel that thousands of fake followers don’t attach themselves to random twitter accounts on their own volition, but that’s just us.
All we’re doing is presenting our findings while allowing you to reach your own conclusions.
With fake followers ranging from 2% to 71% for Nigerian celebs, We are certain the results will surprise you as much as they surprised us.” He concluded.
Buying Their Way to Twitter Fame
An American comedian, Dan Nainan was blessed with fans, millions of YouTube views and, once, an audience with President Obama. But one thing was missing, New York Times reports.
“The number of Twitter followers I had in relation to how many people in the world know about me was woefully inadequate,” he said. So in June he bought a small city’s worth for $424.15, raising his Twitter follower count from about 700 to more than 220,000.
“There’s a tremendous cachet associated with having a large number,” said Mr. Nainan, 31, adding later, “When people see that you have that many followers, they’re like: ‘Oh, my goodness, this guy is popular. I might want to book him.’ ”
It may be the worst-kept secret in the Twittersphere. That friend who brags about having 1,000, even 100,000 Twitter followers may not have earned them through hard work and social networking; he may have simply bought them on the black market.
And it’s not just ego-driven blogger types. Celebrities, politicians, start-ups, aspiring rock stars, reality show hopefuls — anyone who might benefit from having a larger social media footprint — are known to have bought large blocks of Twitter followers.
The practice is surprisingly easy. A Google search for “buy Twitter followers” turns up dozens of Web sites like USocial.net, InterTwitter.com, and FanMeNow.com that sell Twitter followers by the thousands (and often Facebook likes and YouTube views). At BuyTwitterFollow.com, for example, users simply enter their Twitter handle and credit card number and, with a few clicks, see the ranks of their followers swell in three to four days.
Will Mitchell, the founder of Clear Presence Media, a marketing company outside Tampa, Fla., said that he has bought more than a million followers for his clients, which include musicians, start-ups and a well-known actress he declined to identify.
“And it’s so cheap, too,” he said. In one instance, Mr. Mitchell said, he bought 250,000 for $2,500, or a penny each.
One site, Fiverr, an online classified for cheap marketing services, has several ads offering 1,000 Twitter followers for $5.