Twitter. The king of all social media sites. You can’t just put up some photos of how drunk you got last night and expect a flurry of followers waiting on your every word. You’ve got a measly 140 characters to get your point across, and you definitely can’t fake it. Those who have mastered it, have an unparalleled advantage to those who (like me) are just plain bad at it. Short witty remarks or an interesting lifestyle will easily grab followers. But what about the rest of us? Those of us who only garner short bursts of inspiration or tend to be slightly too wordy.
You could always buy your followers.
Now sure, I’m about 2 years behind on this because companies have been selling hollow twitter accounts since it’s rise to popularity only a matter of years ago, but why would I suddenly jump on board now? When a presidential candidate who touts his “competency” with social media turns out to have purchased his twitter followers. (That’s you, Newt Gingrich!) Prices range from about $15-$20 for a thousand and around $500 for fifty-thousand followers. If you’re expecting a name or link to some of the companies that promote or profit from this, you’re sure to be disappointed.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not some incorruptible blogger out to rid our political system of corruption and dishonorable behavior. I just firmly believe you shouldn’t try and sell it if you don’t own it. If Newt Gingrich doesn’t have the charisma and ability to get a few million followers on twitter, why sell it? The demographic you’re trying to fool has become experts at spotting fakes. We grew up with computers, popularized Facebook, and were the first kids in our family to get cell phones (our siblings then got them 2-5 years earlier). Social media is our shit. We’re the generation that is now pursuing internships and careers in social media. Trendsetters of the digital age.