Well, it looks like any simple comparisons over how popular candidates are by looking at their twitter accounts is highly problematic. From The Hill newspaper:
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had the highest level of phonies following them. Polis’s followers are 82 percent fake, according to the study, a higher number than any other Democrat or Republican. Most others had a higher percentage of inactive accounts beefing up their follower numbers . . . .
Pelosi’s analysis showed 24 percent of her followers are fake and 49 percent inactive, an identical result to McCain’s. . . .
So what does it look like for the presidential candidates?
StatusPeople, a tool designed specifically to check for fake followers, finds that of Obama’s 18.6 million Twitter followers @BarackObama, 41 percent are fake, 29 percent inactive, and just 30 percent "good," or presumably real users.
The tool also indicates that of Romney’s current 857, 260 followers @MittRomney, 12 percent are fake, 30 percent inactive and 58 percent "good." . . . .
Labels: 2012election, Fraud