Yesterday, I wrote about The Twitter Pyramid Scheme.
Today, I notice some suspicious things about it…
Following “tweetergetter” on Twitter Search, I can see that every few minutes, a new account signs up with Twitter. They’ll have a name, but no bio and no link to a website or blog. Their first tweet will be to promote TweeterGetter.com.
Are these new users signing up because they heard about Twitter through TweeterGetter? Perhaps it’s a possibility, but it doesn’t seem very likely to me.
These new users keep popping up every few minutes. It just strikes me as being very, very suspicious.
Also, I’ll occasionally see a user who hasn’t tweeted anything in months (and had only one or two non-substantive tweets to begin with, such as “Checking out Twitter!”) post a tweet about TweeterGetter. Am I to believe they haven’t used Twitter in months but suddenly had an interest in doing so, and signed up with TweeterGetter? Again, maybe, but it just doesn’t seem likely to me.
I can’t prove anything and I don’t have any special insight or evidence, but my gut feeling is that these accounts are being created to boost follower numbers for TweeterGetter. Again, I don’t have any proof or anything; this is just my opinion.
At the moment, the pace of new accounts seems to have dwindled down. If these are all fake accounts, as I suspect most of them probably are, maybe the person creating them had something else to do. In searching, I found more such accounts created yesterday, and others created the day before. Since joining and posting their TweeterGetter message, they haven’t tweeted since, haven’t added an avatar, haven’t added a bio and haven’t added a link to a website or blog they run.
Don’t take my word for it. Search for “tweetergetter” on Twitter Search yourself, and look for the accounts without avatars and check them out for yourself.
What do you think is going on? Are these potential “dummy” accounts really worth having as followers?