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Leave Us Alone. We’re Doing This Roundup at Home (Fully Clothed)

by
John Zappe and Todd Raphael
Aug 24, 2012, 5:17 am ET

If you have Twitter envy, we have a solution. Just buy your followers.

Sure, you could stay up all night tweeting and retweeting, praying you’re witty enough, observant enough, or helpful enough that the Twittersphere will reward you with thousands of followers, some of whom might even be candidate-worthy.

Or, you could do what PR firms, celebrity marketers, even Mitt Romney has done and spring for 10 or 20 thousand — or more — followers. You can buy more, lots more, but really, everything in moderation.

We, the ever-so-helpful ERE editors, did some price shopping, and found Twitterfollow on Fivver offering 21K followers for the low, low price of $5. We think that’s a steal, considering Barracuda Labs found the average price to be $18 per 1,000.

Now that you have all these followers, you’ll need to do something with them. We have a solution for that, too. There are hundreds of services that will sell you tweets and retweets of your messages.

No time to think up stuff? No worries, practically every marketing and PR firm will “manage” your social media presence, including regular tweeting. The bigshot agencies will charge you an arm and a leg. But if all you want is an occasional blast, we, the still helpful ERE editors, found you a deal on eBay: 99 cents per tweet to 70K followers.

Oh you there, with the halo, yes, we thought someone might have some, uh, ethical concerns. Even though Barracuda Labs found at least 11,000 users with bought and paid for followers, Mom would have said something like, “If everyone jumped off … ”

Anyway, in Saudi Arabia at least, buying phony Twitter followers might be a sin, says a senior cleric in the kingdom there. If you’re in a vigilante mood, and want justice this side of the grave, check out your Twitter competitors with the Fake Follower Check from StatusPeople.

Leave Me Alone

Greta Garbo perfectly captured the telecommuter attitude when she declared, “I want to be alone.”

Avoiding colleagues, office politics, and distractions are three of the leading reasons why people want to telecommute. And you thought it was to avoid traffic. Turns out that’s on the list, but a runner-up to the 82 percent who told FlexJobs they want to be left alone.

Then there’s the comfort factor, which 72 percent said was yet another reason to work from home. Just what that means, well, we’ll leave it up to you to decide. Though for something like 10 percent of the workforce, it means wearing nothing at all.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer specific legal advice. You should consult your legal counsel regarding any threatened or pending litigation.

  1. Gerry Crispin

    So buying twitter followers is less preferred as a legitimate strategy than say spending a hundred hours tracking and following 20,000 random people in the hopes that half of them will reciprocate without thinking and follow your sorry ass?

    What exactly are the bragging rights for someone with more twitter followers than someone else? Oh right, your Klout score! Wake me up when it buys me a cup of coffee.

  2. Keith Halperin

    This seems more sensible than a company hiring a permanent inhouse social media person to handle FB and Twitter, without it actually resulting in either demonstrable sales or hires…

    Cheers,

    Keith

  3. Melissa Jackson

    It is always so funny to see how liberal some of these writers are on LinkedIn and other social media outlets. The writers of this article are quick to throw out there that Mitt Romeny bought followers, but fail to mention that more than 70% of our current socialist President’s folowers are fake (purchased). Amazing! I hate this lack of real journalists. If you are going to use articles to subject people to your political views, please be fair and site both parties.

  4. Melissa Jackson

    Excuse me fot the previous comments typos. Mitt Romney. :)

  5. Todd Raphael

    Thanks for your comments Melissa. I’d be happy for someone to write a post on the election, by the way. But it should be specific, and be mainly about recruiting, the job market, and the economy (though a number of things, even foreign policy, do affect those things). Here’s an example, from way back when (2008).
    http://www.ere.net/2008/02/20/the-recruiters-president/

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