It was revealed earlier this week that up to 92% of GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich‘s Twitter followers are fake.
Gawker.com broke a story via an anonymous source that stated that a large majority of Gingrich’s followers on Twitter are “inactive” or “dummy accounts” that were “created by various ‘follow agencies.’” New York search company PeekYou confirmed the report as last month, they used an algorithm that determines how many of someone’s followers are actual accounts used by humans and which ones are what Gawker calls “dummy accounts”.
PeekYou’s CEO and founder were so stunned by the number that they thought they may have done something wrong. “At first, we actually thought it might have been a bug,” Michael Hussey said. “We have seen some pretty low consumer ratios in our testing, but Newt’s was the lowest we had ever seen.” According to the algorithm by PeekYou, only 92% of Gingrich’s followers are fake and 8% are real, meaning he only has about 104,000 followers.
Gingrich, who made history as the first person to announce they were running for President on Twitter, has had roughly 1.3 million followers since the time he officially announced he was running months back and it has not much changed since then. Gingrich only added fuel to the fire on Sunday when the former Speaker of the House complained to the Marietta Daily Journal that he was being “ignored” by the media despite his amount of Twitter followers he has.
To see how he stacks up to other GOP candidates, and assuming the 1.3 million followers number was accurate, he would be ahead of frontrunner Mitt Romney (63,500 followers) and Michele Bachmann (67,000) by 95%, Herman Cain (52,000) and Tim Pawlenty (45,500) by 96%, and Ron Paul (19,000 followers) by 99%. He would even be ahead of Sarah Palin (620,000) by 52%, who has a large following and has been in the spotlight since 2008.