1. 2012

    Gingrich’s Twitter Followers Fake

    Republican presidential hopeful, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Maryland GOP 21st Annual Red, White, and Blue Dinner, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Linthicum, Maryland.

    Nick Wass / AP Photo

    A new report suggests that 92 percent of Newt Gingrich’s 1.3 million Twitter followers are not real. The networking search firm PeekYou, which has been trying to determine the quality of Twitter audiences, examined Gingrich’s account. The firm uses 23 criteria—including name, location, and inbound and outbound links—to figure out which online users are real or fake. After analyzing each of Gingrich’s followers, they determined that only 106,055, or 8 percent, were real people. A spokesman for the company said, “The huge majority of his followers are either completely anonymous people who have no other Web presence, or they are spambots.” An aide later blasted the claim, tweeting that it was "a false accusation which will hurt the feelings of 1.3 million people. #rude."

    Read it at Gawker