Suspicious Goings-On on Twitter…

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?

12 comments on “Suspicious Goings-On on Twitter…
  1. Jaffer says:

    Wow… you are right !

    Have you notified the people behind twitter ? This guy must be shut down !

  2. Gwynne says:

    I’ve seen the tweetergetter tweet all over, and it just reeks of scamminess to me. With the twishing scams and the password hacks of the last few months, the last thing tweeps need is to hand their password over to something like tweetergetter! I’ve gotten to the point that if I see someone posting that link, they get unfollowed. I want relevant followers, people who are genuinely interested in what I have to say, and who are willing to engage in real conversation with me. Getting 1000 random followers, I’m not going to get that at all.

  3. Christine says:

    I’m at that point myself, if someone posts that link they get unfollowed. Why are people so desperate for numbers? Someone should close that account, it’s just not right having ‘dummy’ accounts set up. It’s just like that post that was talking about how a huge number of Britney followers (like 20K) were all just standard avatars with 5 following. This type of stuff is wrecking what is normally a fantastic way to connect..

  4. So to sustain the system, they’re creating dummy Twitter accounts. Very clever.

    What TweeterGetter seems to be saying is ‘sod the “social” element, I want numbers’. In essence, it will ruin the concept of twitter: if EVERYONE (and not people who have earned it) has a massive number of followers, the whole idea becomes devalued and irrelevant.

    The best analogy I can come up with is a crude one: TweeterGetter is the equivalent of using suspicious drugs because one is insecure about the size of their penis.

  5. Is this a blog about Twitter?

  6. Michelle is so funny!! … she said my blog was about chickens.

  7. Debo Hobo says:

    I think this is nothing more than one big pissing contest. That is why I don’t care about the number of followers I have.

  8. David says:

    Interesting. I checked out the Twitter Search yesterday, then again today and this twitter getter scheme seems to be just as prevalent, if not more so.

    I agree that if they are really just making dummy accounts, then having a bunch of dummy account followers is probably not really worth anything

  9. Amen to that I have SIX followers and they live at home with me… I don’t care if the internet follows my doings.

    It’s hard enough to get my kids and husband to listen to me.

  10. You blog is about chicken and cubed cheese.

    It only gets interesting when Dr Shoal is on there nakked. I like Dr Shoal he’s a fine fine man- that speedcat on the other hand he’s dangerous or something. He has too much free time on his hand- with his Hollydale celebrity blogging and dancing around Target.

    Britney Spears danced around Target just before she lost her mind… it’s a celebrity thing.

  11. Did Debo Hobo say that she entered a big pissing contest? What? 😉

  12. Bobby Revell says:

    Is this a blog about Twitter? Twelieve, Twact, Twichieve. LOL!!!!! Just joking Dan…but I do expect you’ll reply to every comment:)

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